Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (through the Global Challenges Research Fund), Education and Learning in Crises seeks to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaborations. The aim is to strengthen research capacity and capability in education research in contexts of conflict and protracted crises, to generate new knowledge and to facilitate the translation of evidence into practice.
The four new projects funded under this programme involve collaborations between researchers based at 16 different institutions in the UK and the Global South. It is expected that the research will directly benefit eight low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
This new cohort of award-holders will explore a wide range of topical issues including educational peacebuilding in Mexico and Colombia; transformational education in Jordan; and the inclusion and exclusion of disabled refugee students, particularly girls, in South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Professor Simon Goldhill, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the British Academy, said:
“There is a great need to strengthen education research capacity and capability in contexts of conflict and protracted crises in the Global South. We are delighted to be able to support these researchers, whose projects will bring interdisciplinary ideas from the humanities and social sciences to bear on our understanding of the challenges faced in these environments.
“The humanities and social sciences are ideally placed to tackle such challenges, and the research teams’ collaborations with partners in the Global South will further the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration in a truly equitable way.”