The Conflict theme is led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on behalf of the partnership.
Projects announced under the ESRC-AHRC Forced Displacement Call
Award offers for the 15 projects funded under the ESRC-AHRC Forced Displacement call have now been announced.
The ESRC, in collaboration with Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), launched a call for innovative, interdisciplinary projects focusing on the experiences of the forced displaced (both internationally and internally) whether due to poverty, war, conflict, persecution or human rights violations. The closing date was: 16:00 on 20 July 2016.
As part of this call, academic researchers and practitioners were encouraged to explore possible collaborations through a networking database, where offers for collaboration were submitted and shared with others interested in the calls.
GCRF / PaCCS: Interdisciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development
Award offers for the 13 Interdisciplinary Research Innovation Awards under the Conflict Theme have now been announced.
Earlier this year, the Partnership issued a funding call for cross-disciplinary and innovative research projects that will extend our understanding of how transnational organised crime has evolved through time and in different cultural contexts, why and how it extends across borders, what impact it has on populations and sustainable international development, and effective ways of preventing and mitigating its impact.
The call funds inter-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration focussed on the interconnections between conflict and international development and with the potential to contribute to the welfare (broadly defined) and/or economic development of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
Applications were therefore invited for innovative, adventurous, collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The call welcomes applications for projects that are at an earlier stage of interdisciplinary evolution, involve the development of international collaborations, support the development of future research capabilities and/or are led by early career researchers. Proposals are required to span the remits of the AHRC and ESRC, combining substantial insights and expertise from both the social sciences and arts/humanities as well as involving wider disciplinary inputs where appropriate.
Background to the Theme
Recently, there have been a series of long-term changes in the character of conflict, including shifts in scale, intensity and duration as well as changes in the principal actors involved in violence.
While many countries experience cycles of repeated violence, weak governance and instability, new conflicts continue to emerge across the world.
Conflict is complex, context-specific and has multiple causes, including environmental insecurity, resource scarcity, migration, poverty, inequality, lack of social cohesion, weak state institutions, corruptions and identity politics.
Further research is needed to increase our understanding of the nature of conflicts, how they arise and are maintained, their impact and effective approaches and tools for conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict development.
Conflict Theme Leadership Fellow
Professor David Galbreath is the Conflict Theme Leadership Fellow. He was appointed to the role in February 2015 and is a Professor of International Security at the University of Bath. As Leadership Fellow, Professor Galbreath provides intellectual leadership and strategic advice on the development of the conflict theme for the Partnership.
Conflict Theme Scoping Study
To support the development of the conflict theme, the Partnership, through the ESRC, commissioned the University of Exeter to undertake a scoping study to identify gaps in existing research in the area of conflict. To find out more about the study or read the full report, visit the Scoping Study page.
Offers for Collaboration 2015 – database
The Partnership invited proposals for two calls to support interdisciplinary and innovative research under its Conflict Theme – Interdisciplinary Innovation Awards and Interdisciplinary Research Grants. Our networking database was originally set up to support these funding calls, but will continue to be live in order to encourage other research opportunities.
The List of Innovation Awards is now available. For the Research Grants, assessment of outline bids has been completed and a number of applicants have been invited to submit full bids. Outcomes from this second stage will be known this summer with projects due to start in Autumn 2016.
Related Research Grants
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