Virtual Sandpits Follow-on Funding

The British Academy has awarded funding to 16 international and interdisciplinary research projects tackling global challenges from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences.

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and framed around the themes of ‘Just transitions,’ ‘Global (dis)order’, and ‘What is a good city?’, the projects arise from the British Academy’s international virtual sandpits, which were held in February and March 2021 and brought together researchers from across the humanities and social sciences to engender new thinking, develop interdisciplinary collaborations, and further international engagement with a particular international policy and practice focus.

The 16 projects follow on from the discussions and collaborations developed during the sandpits and span all three themes.

Funded projects

Institutions for the global governance of the just transition – Professor Raphael Heffron, University of Dundee, Professor Peter Newell, University of Sussex, Dr Olga Mikheeva, University College London, Dr Iva Pesa, University of Groningen.

The future of work in just transitions – Dr Jo Cutter, University of Leeds, Luisa Miranda Morel, C40 Cities, Sam Mason, Public and Commercial Services Union, Professor Raphael Heffron, University of Dundee, Professor Keri Facer, University of Bristol, Professor Neil Adger, University of Exeter, Professor Simon McGrath, University of Nottingham, Dr Treasa De Loughry, University College Dublin, Dr Melanie Levick-Parkin, Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Leah Lovett, University College London.

Just transitions in biodiversity governance – Professor Antonia Layard, University of Bristol, Dr Laura de Vito, University of West England, Professor Roger Few, University of East Anglia, Dr Sophia Hatzisavvidou, University of Bath, Dr Leslie Mabon, University of the Highlands and Islands, Hannah Moersberger, Sorbonne University, Dr Odirilwe Selomane, Stellenbosch University.

Foundations of creative environmental sensing for community-led resilience in cities – Dr Leah Lovett, University College London, Dr Pablo Suarez, Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Professor Keri Facer, University of Bristol.

‘The cracks are where the light gets in': creating conditions for new climate coalitions – Professor Keri Facer, University of Bristol, Professor Peter Newell, University of Sussex, Dr Pablo Suarez, Red Cross Red Crescent, Dr Maria Estrada Fuentes, Royal Holloway, University of London, Dr Jeremy Brice, Oxford University, Professor Antonia Layard, University of Bristol.

Just food? Mutual exchange network on just food System transition Dr Gearoid Millar, University of Aberdeen, Dr Lídia Cabral, Institute of Development Studies, Dr Iva Pesa, University of Groningen, Dr Melanie Levick-Parkin, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bodies and performance: exploring the institutionalisation of loss in just and unjust transitions Dr Deval Desal, University of Edinburgh, Dr Maria Estrada Fuentes, Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Keri Facer, University of Bristol, Dr Leah Lovett, University College London, Dr Pablo Suarez, Red Cross Red Crescent.

Bridging the local and global: women’s collectives and the ‘spaces of action/reflection’ - Dr Jane Rooney, Durham University, Dr Ruth Houghton, Newcastle University, Dr Aliya Khalid, University of Cambridge.

Geopolitical narratives as a process of global (dis)ordering Dr Aurel Sari, University of Exeter, Dr Andre Barrinha, University of Bath, Dr Andrew Glencross, Aston University, Professor Holger Hestermeyer, Kings’s College London, Dr Nora Jansen, Cardiff University, Professor Ursula Ott, Nottingham Trent University, Professor Philippa Webb, King’s College London.

The interplay between (international) law and mis-/disinformation – Dr Nora Jansen, Cardiff University, Dr Ruth Houghton, Newcastle University.

Mapping values – Dr David Hitchcock, Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Duncan Hay, University College London, Dr Elmé Vivier, Nottingham Trent University, Dr Mirian Calvo, Lancaster University, Professor Jeremy Crampton, Newcastle University, Dr Carina O'Reilly, Anglia Ruskin University, Professor James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University London.

Youth, democracy and sustainable citizenship: reimagining the city and empowering young people through engagement with policymakers – Professor James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University London, Dr Carina O’Reilly, Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Mirian Calvo, Lancaster University.

Footprints of urban activism: mapping narratives of success and failure in post-industrial development – Dr Cristina Cerulli, Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Lauren England, University of Dundee, Dr Ed Charlton, London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Chandra Morrison, London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Duncan Hay, University College London.

Caring – with cities; enacting more careful urban approaches with community-led developments and policymakers – Dr Mara Ferreri, Northumbria University, Dr Claire McAndrew, University College London, Dr Cristina Cerulli, Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe, University of Surrey, Dr Marianna Cavada, Lancaster University.

Socially engaged art and policy: supporting inclusive and sustainable creative urbanism – Dr Chandra Morrison, London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Ed Charlton, London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Lauren England, University of Dundee.

My city (in)visible – Dr Ranald Lawrence, University of Liverpool, Dr Ipshita Basu, University of Westminster, Professor Iain Jackson, University of Liverpool, Dr Lakshmi Rajendran, Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Hanna Ruszcyk, Durham University, Dr Ricardo Safra De Campos, University of Exeter.

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