Below are research directions that we think have high potential to improve the world by helping to solve pressing global problems that would particularly benefit from further research.
Several factors we suggest you consider when choosing a topic are:
If you're studying for an undergraduate or master's degree we often recommend focusing on developing your skills and knowledge in an area in order to contribute to solving a pressing problem later in your career.
If you're a PhD student you may be more able to contribute to solving a problem through your research already. You may also need to give consideration to building your reputation in academia and to whether your topic will 'lock you in' to an area long-term. The more likely this is, the more important it is that you choose an impactful topic which is a good fit for you!
Check out all our recommended research directions here or click the disciplines below to see our profiles for your field of study.