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IAA funded projects (2019 - 2023)

Small Rapid Response Fund

ESRC IAA small rapid response funds provided seed funding (up to £4,000) to support academics to develop new partnerships, fund travel to facilitate engage with project partners and end users, develop resources to support and deliver impact, and trial innovative approaches to developing impact.

Funded projects included:

  • Vietnamese Creative Economy Development, Dr Marta Gasparin and Dr Martin Quinn (Business)
  • Exploring Teaching of Reading Strategies in Further and Higher Education, Dr Kayleigh Warrington (Psychology)
  • Implications of age-related reading difficulties, Dr Victoria McGowan (Psychology)
  • Creating Virtual Reality Prisons in Guyana, Dr Kellie Moss (History)
  • Implications of age-related reading difficulties, Dr Victoria McGowan (Psychology)
  • Ending Violence Against Sex Workers, Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor (Sociology)
  • Establishment of interdisciplinary stakeholder partnerships to enhance child mental health service provision for refugee children in Turkey, Professor Panos Vostanis (Psychology)
  • What Works Trials Advice Panel, Dr Matt Tonkin (Criminology)
  • Digitizing the archive of South African Pan-Africanist exiles in Britain, Professor Gavin Brown (Geography)
  • Creating a Diversity and Inclusion-Engaged Marketing (DIEM) online platform to accelerate impact on multicultural marketplace wellbeing, Dr Cristina Galalae (Business)
  • Developing a strategy for disseminating 'lay' research findings about health and health care to benefit frail people, Dr James Van Oppen (Health Sciences)
  • Is silence golden? The impact of background noise on reading for learning, Dr Vicky McGowan (Psychology)
  • Developing innovative participatory communication strategies for marginalised farming cooperatives, Dr Maria Touri (Business)
  • ‘Sharing Stories: developing a wellbeing approach to gathering midlife and menopause narratives’, Dr Helen Foster (History)
  • ‘Evaluating research outcomes amongst sex workers in Nairobi: review, renew and reposition’, Professor Teela Sanders (Criminology)
  • ‘Sex workers as mental health mentors for sex workers’, Dr Nour Shimei (Criminology)
  • ‘A reappraisal of drug sentencing in the UK’, Dr Melissa Bone (Law)
  • ‘The faces of the Royal Borough: an exhibition on the lived experiences of gentrification in Kensington, west London’, Dr Rozena Sharda (Geography)
  • ‘World Order in a Global Space Age’, Dr Bleddyn Bowen (International Relations)
  • ‘Future Directions in Surrogacy Law’, Dr Katherine Wade (Law)

Large Rapid Response Fund

ESRC IAA large rapid response fund (up to £10,000) allowed academics to undertake projects on a greater scale, for a longer period of time.

Funded projects included:

  • 'The World Turned Upside Down’: Exhibition and Visitor Evaluation on the Social Impacts of Civil War, Professor Andrew Hopper (Politics and International Relations)
  • User-led digital tool to enhance access and impact of child mental health service transformation in Lower and Middle Income Countries, Professor Panos Vostanis (Psychology)
  • Flight Deck Study, Dr Simon Bennett (Business)
  • Evaluating the impact of e-cigarette product labelling and warnings across different ages, ethnicities and genders, Professor Jason Hughes (Sociology)
  • Enhancing and evidencing the impact of a new e-learning resource in improving educational support for children born preterm, Professor Samantha Johnson (Population Health Sciences)
  • Chester Farm Heritage Park: Northamptonshire County Council and University of Leicester Partnership, Dr Sarah Scott (Archaeology and Ancient History)
  • Producing and launching a short health information film for Chinese maternity care users, NHS maternity service and Chinese community organisations, Dr Qian Sarah Gong (Sociology)
  • When arbitration meets blockchain: the birth of decentralized justice, Dr Rossana Depalno (Law)
  • Supporting NHS Wales' adoption of Leicester research to create widespread adoption and improving junior doctor performance and patient care, Dr William Green (School of Business)
  • Toward Anti-gentrification Policy Making in Southern European Cities, Professor Loretta Lees (Human Geography)
  • COVID-19: Work–Life Balance and the Pandemic, Professor Stephen Wood (Business)
  • Engaging with European and New Zealand crime analysts: A practitioner-academic impact workshop, Dr Matthew Tonkin (Criminology)
  • Youth Opportunities? The long-term impacts of youth training and YT schemes (1960s – 2020), Professor John Goodwin (Sociology)
  • Developing Good Practice with Universities: Student Sex Work, Safety and InclusionProfessor Teela Sanders (Criminology)
  • The Transatlantic Slavery Connections of English Heritage Properties: Knowledge Transfer and Country House Reinterpretation, Professor Corinne Fowler (Museum Studies)
  • The market feasibility of importing cooperatives’ sustainable and organic bananas to Europe, Dr Nikolas Hammer (Business)
  • Promoting information about indigenous people’s health and rights during the Covid-19 pandemic (India), Dr Alice Tilche (Museum Studies)
  • Advancing Equity: challenging embedded whiteness with the Museum of London, Dr Katy Bunning and Professor Richard Sandell (Museum Studies)
  • Decolonizing Caribbean Criminal Justice: law, sentencing, incarceration and remand, Professor Clare Anderson (History)
  • Exhibiting global histories of convicts and exiles transported from French Indochina at the Site historique de la Bagne de l'Ile Nou (New Caledonia), Professor Clare Anderson (History)
  • Maximising research impact for a study on COVID-19 vaccine uptake within Chinese communities in the UK, Dr Qian Sarah Gong (Media and Communication)
  • Understanding patient experiences of patient safety: producing materials for staff training and impact, Dr Liz Sutton (Health Sciences)
  • Political Cartooning and Global Challenges: Maximising impact across settings and stakeholders, Dr Fransiska Louwagie (Modern Languages)
  • Co-production and evaluation of a brief low-cost online intervention to reduce SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy in UK healthcare workers from diverse ethnic groups, Dr Manish Pareek (Health Sciences)
  • Permissible Beauty, Professor Richard Sandell (Museum Studies)
  • Developing a forensic science network for the East Midlands, Dr Jo Dawkins (Criminology)
  • Social responsibility in intellectual property licensing: The Lessons of COVID-19, Dr Alison Slade (Law)
  • Effectively communicating with gaze: Evaluating psychological and technological barriers to gaze-control technology in assistive communication, Dr David Souto (Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour)
  • The Environment, Peace and Conflict: Why the Voices of Women Matter, Dr Zainab Mai-Bornu (International Relations)
  • Nene Valley Communities Past and Present: Festival of History, Archaeology and Heritage 2022, Professor Sarah Scott (Archaeology)
  • Being kind to ourselves and each other online: transforming children’s use of digital and social media, Dr Sarah Adams (Education)

Strategic Partnerships

The following IAA Strategic partnership awards were made to support the development of a 24 month programme of activity leading to a sustainable long term partnership between the University of Leicester and the partner in question, in turn delivering impact and new research opportunities. These include a flagship partnership with the National Trust to make engagement with UK heritage equitable and inclusive.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2019-2023)

The ESRC IAA supported six annual Post-Doctoral Fellowships on a three-month full time or six-month part-time basis. These Fellowships supported recent PhD students to develop the impact of their social science research through a proposed plan of activities.

  • Welcome Aboard: Exploring Experiences of Disability Hate Crime on Public Transport and Approaches to Safeguarding Passengers, Dr David Wilkin
  • Cannabis Citizen Science: Community Action, Dr Yewande Patricia Okuleye
  • Developing interventions for women convicted of trafficking. Re-thinking prison rehabilitation approaches taking into consideration their past victimisation, Dr Milena Rizzotti
  • Supporting Pupils who Speak English as an Additional Language to Thrive in UK Schools, Dr Ellen Bishop
  • Cinema as Protest: Exploring the role of films in disability rights advocacies, Ngozi Emanuel
  • The Real Faces of the Royal Borough: an exhibition, outreach programme and publication on the lived experiences of gentrification in Kensington, West London, Dr Sharda Rozena

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