Sustainable Development 2018 Programme
Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (through the Global Challenges Research Fund).
This programme funds excellent, policy-oriented research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy. Supported by the Government's £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, it provides funding to researchers in the humanities and the social sciences working to generate evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries.
The second round of this programme, which launched in 2018, funded 27 projects relating to issues around heritage, dignity and/or violence.
For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the scheme notes.
Please contact GCRF@thebritishacademy.ac.uk or call 020 7969 5220 for further information.
An Archive of Activism: Gender and Public History in Postcolonial Ghana
This project seeks to generate new knowledge about gender activism and Ghanaian ‘political women’.
Bringing the Outside In: Merging Local Language and Literacy Practices to Enhance Classroom Learning and Achievement
How can multilingual practices be harnessed to enhance the experience of education?
Building Critical, Democratic and Peaceful Communities in Post-War Sri Lanka: the Role of Traditional Arts and Ritual
This project looks at the ways traditional arts and ritual are being used in Sri Lanka to respond to the war and provide communities with outlets for reflection and debate on social issues.
Celebrating Local Stewardship in a Global Market: Community Heritage, Intellectual Property Protection and Sustainable Development in India
This project aims to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by helping to build sustainable communities, protect and safeguard cultural heritage, enhance well-being, address income inequalities, promote economic empowerment of marginalised groups, and reduce poverty.
Dignity Without Danger: Collaboratively Analysing Stigma and Taboos to Develop Innovative Strategies to Address Menstrual Exclusion in Nepal
This project focuses on Nepalese women and girls’ rights to menstrual dignity and aims to enable local stakeholders to challenge exclusionary practices.
Documentality and Display: Archiving and Curating the Violent Past in Contemporary South America
How should those effected by state violence and armed conflict record and collect their experiences to lend them effectively to future justice processes and future use?
Exploring the Experience of Violence and Loss of Dignity Among Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan
This project aims to contribute to a more in-depth and nuanced understanding of some of the world’s poorest, most excluded and victimised groups of people: the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Afghanistan.
Heritage Repertoires for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Egypt and Beyond
This project examines the significance of immaterial cultural heritage for understanding people’s identities and coping strategies in violent settings, drawing on the Coptic population of Upper Egypt as a case study of a marginalised, faith-based minority.
Large Water Projects and Conflicted Territorial Identities in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Case of the Development of the Senegal River
This project aims to survey the case of the development of the Senegal River project and interrogate its impacts on the redefinition of territorial, cultural and historical identities.
Media and Transitions to Democracy – Journalistic Practices in Communicating Conflicts: the Arab Spring
This project aims to investigate the ambivalent role of media as both a force for democratisation and an engine for divisions and polarisation in troubled and uncertain paths of change toward democracy.
Negotiating Relationships and Redefining Traditions: Syrian and Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan
This project focuses on the changing nature of family structures, within sexual and conjugal relationships among Iraqi and Syrian refugee women in Jordan.
Recovery with Dignity
This project aims to generate applied knowledge on experiences of recovery in post-disaster settings within India. It hypothesises that recovery processes that recognise and respect the dignity of socially-differentiated populations will result in more sustainable responses, minimising ongoing trauma.
Sustainable Development for Pastoralist Women in India: Heritage, Dignity and Adaptations in Times of Rapid Change
This project builds understanding of human and cultural contexts to inform discussion of sustainable development for some of the world’s most ‘left behind’ people: women in mobile pastoralist communities in India.
The Juridification of Resource Conflicts: Legal Cultures, Moralities and Environmental Politics in Central America
The overarching aim of this project is to assess the opportunities and limitations of legal mechanisms to channel and resolve resource conflicts.
Towards an Alternative Model of Heritage as Sustainable Development: Uyghur Meshrep in Kazakhstan
The project aims to harness ‘meshrep’ as a means to revitalise grass-roots expressive culture and indigenous language, strengthen community organisation, and create networks of micro-finance to support sustainable economic livelihoods.
Traces of Jewish Memory in Contemporary Tunisia
This project aims to produce new knowledge on the history of the Jews of Tunisia that will stimulate economic growth in the country.
Well-Being: Indigenous Wells, Pastoralist Biocultural Heritage and Community Archaeology for Sustainable Development in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia
This project aims to demonstrate how community archaeology research on wells as biocultural heritage can empower communities to engage constructively with external actors such as governments, companies, academics, and NGOs.
When States Fail: Forced Displacement, Religious Diplomacy and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World
This project examines the relationship between forced displacement, religious diplomacy and human security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as reflected in the post-1992 breakup of Yugoslavia, the post-2011 Syrian crisis and the 2014 Russian takeover of Crimea.
Whose Heritage Matters? Mapping, Making and Mobilising Heritage Values for Sustainable Livelihoods in Cape Town and Kisumu
This project maps heritage values and seeks to develop creative interventions to harness tangible and intangible heritage for sustainable development.
Young Palestinians' Responses to House Demolitions: Youth Agency for Sustainable Development?
This project aims to explore young Palestinians’ every day, informal and cultural responses to demolitions, and how these contribute to health and well-being, lifelong learning and the formation of peaceful and more inclusive and just institutions.
‘Sustainable’ Development and Atmospheres of Violence: Experiences of Environmental Defenders
This project aims to explore how environmental defenders experience violence in relation to projects designed to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and why they continue to fight despite the risks.