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ESRC/AHRC Global Challenges Call for New Social and Cultural Insights into Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders in Developing Countries – deadline 11 January 2018

ESRC/AHRC Global Challenges Call for New Social and Cultural Insights into Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders in Developing Countries

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is inviting proposals to fund innovative and interdisciplinary research that takes a social and cultural perspective on the challenge of mental health problems in developing countries. For this call, a wide definition of mental health is important; this will encompass mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders.

Proposals should address one of the following themes:

  • The socio-economic and cultural contexts of MNS disorders and people’s understanding of them
  • Living with MNS disorders in developing countries
  • Prevention, worsening of and resilience against MNS disorders.

Ambitious projects are sought that are capable of proposing new avenues for research, that directly engage with this agenda. This may include comparative, cross-regional and cross-sectoral research. Proposals may fall under the remit of ESRC, or as cross-disciplinary proposals across the remits of both participating research councils. Methods should be interdisciplinary both within and beyond the social sciences, with specific funds available for those which fall in significant part within AHRC remit.

Proposals are invited for durations up to 30 months and must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK research organisation. Co-investigators can be based anywhere in the world.

The ESRC has a total budget of £4 million allocated to this call. In addition, AHRC will make funds available for interdisciplinary projects which fall significantly within their remit. The councils expect to fund a balanced portfolio of proposals of varying sizes and ambitions, with a maximum grant value of £1.25 million at 100% full Economic Cost (fEC)

MRC Health Systems Research Initiative call 5 -Outline deadline 30 January 2018

The Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT) jointly fund the Health Systems Research Initiative. All funders are committed to funding world-class research with high potential for impact on policy and practice.

Launched in 2013 this programme will generate world class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in developing countries. Following an excellent response to this programme from the research community, funding has now been secured for an annual call under this initiative until 2021.

The programme’s aims are to fund methodologically rigorous, high quality research that will:

1. Generate evidence on how to strengthen and improve health systems for people living in low- and middle-income countries.

2. Use a health systems approach to inform the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes. Proposals must demonstrate how interventions relate to and affect wider elements of a health system such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, service delivery etc.

3. Provide evidence that is of direct relevance to decision makers and practitioners in the field.


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Cass School of Education and Communities Seminar Wednesday 15th November 2017 1-2pm : Walking Libraries: A Point of Global Exchange…

Wednesday 15th November 2017 1-2pm

Location: ED.2.04  Cass School of Education and Communities (Stratford)


Dr Blake Morris, University of East London

Walking Libraries: A Point of Global Exchange…

In this paper I discuss The Walking Library (2012-Ongoing), a walking art project by Deirdre Heddon and Misha Myers that brings libraries into the landscape. Through the creation of site-specific library collections, Heddon and Myers foster new relationships between reading, writing and walking, and link a variety of global spaces through local walking practices. I identify The Walking Library as part of an emergent mode of practice in the artistic medium of walking that offers ways to reimagine our relationship to the landscape and the multiplicity of global networks that constitute our understanding of it. I argue this work uses the resolutely local act of walking to foster a global sense of place and provide participants with opportunities to reimagine the landscape.

Dr. Blake Morris is a walking artist and researcher based in London. He is a founding member of the Walk Exchange, a cross-disciplinary walking group based in New York City. Along with Clare Qualmann (Walking Artists Network), he co-edits ‘Lines of Desire’ for Living Maps Review, a critical cartography journal. His work has been shown at Ovalhouse Theatre (London), Bogart Salon (New York City) and Superfront Gallery (Los Angeles, Detroit, NYC). He currently works as a visiting lecturer at the University of East London, where he focuses on walking as an artistic medium.


The International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPuP) was founded in 2013, and is based in the Cass School of Education and Communities. It is cross-disciplinary with members from Education, Psychology and Performing Arts. Public pedagogy is a relatively new area of educational scholarship that considers the application and development of educational theory and approaches beyond formal schooling. Public pedagogy includes analysis, investigation and action research in contexts such as cultural education, public spaces, non-formal learning, technology and education, popular culture and political struggle. The centre hosts seminars once a month during term time.


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Undergraduates and Postgraduates to Showcase Research Posters

​November 23rd will see Knowledge Dock host students on the Summer Internship and PhD Studentship programmes who will be exhibiting their research posters.

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Wellcome Trust Longitudinal Population Study Grants – deadline 12 January 2018

The Wellcome Trust was established in 1936 as an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. With an endowment of around £14.5 billion, it is the UK’s largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research and one of the largest providers in the world. The aim of the Trust is to “achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds” and as well as funding biomedical research it supports the public understanding of science.

The Trust’s Longitudinal Population Study Grants are intended to provide support for researchers who would like to establish or maintain longitudinal population studies (LPS) for the benefit of the wider scientific community. They are for teams of researchers to:

  • Create or maintain scientific resources to answer important scientific questions.
  • Improve access to outputs from LPS.
  • Improve the usefulness of outputs from LPS.

Two types of funding are available:

  • Core support for LPS resources that contribute to improving human health. This supports new and existing LPS such as cohorts, panel surveys and biobanks.
  • Support for enabling structures to enhance the value of LPS. This supports resources that maximise the value of LPS including bringing together data from different sources to answer new research questions and developing new methodologies. Data to be linked can include health, social care and education records, disease registries, wearable technology, geocoding, climate data, social media feeds and commercial data eg shopping habits.

Proposed LPS should usually be based in the UK or a low- or middle-income country. If based in a low- or middle-income country, applicants need to demonstrate that it meets the highest achievable quality standards for the context in which it operates. They must be designed to answer a wide range of scientific questions in the UK or low- and middle-income countries and have, or plan to collect, data on more than 1,000 participants at baseline.

Applicants should be based at a host organisation in the UK or an eligible low- or middle-income country. Co-applicants can be based anywhere in the world. Applicants and co-applicants should be essential to the proposed resource and have:

  • Proven expertise and experience in their field.
  • A track record in obtaining grant funding.
  • An academic or research post (or equivalent).
  • A salary, or guarantee of a salary, for the duration of the award period.

Grants for core support for LPS resources can be up to £5 million and for enabling structures up to £1.5 million. Grants offer up to five years of support.

Applicants should submit a preliminary application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system by the closing date of 12 January 2018.