Departmental UKRI Award Success

Departments across the Social Sciences Division are receiving funding from multiple sources throughout the year. The breadth and quality of research in the Division is reflected in the funding successes that are achieved.

The Divisional Research and Impact Team supports external funding applications from a variety of sources, including significant funds from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Two of the current funding opportunities from the UKRI are the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which is part of government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK. And the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Both of these funds link with research priorities for the Social Science departments.

In Michaelmas term, departments have been awarded multiple research grants, and some of the GCRF successes are highlighted below.

Sandra Fredman from the Faculty of Law and the Oxford Human Rights Hub will work in partnership with the World Health Organization, to lead a multi-disciplinary group comprising lawyers, obstetricians and communication specialists to put in place a platform to provide evidence-based interventions to tackle the enormous deficits in sexual and reproductive health in developing countries.The project is titled 'Shaping the Future: a Human Righs Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights' and will begin with a workshop in Geneva, bringing together geographically diverse experts, civil society and grassroots representatives to share knowledge and experience.

Livia Holden from the Faculty of Law will, in partnership with the Law and Justice Commission and the Chief Justice of Pakistan, design gender sensitive training for a better implementation of gender rights in Pakistan. The project's objectives are to create a compendium of best women’s rights decisions and to formulate best practices for gender rights sentencing. They will also offer this newly created material on a bilingual (Urdu-English) Open Access digital platform.

 Nikita Sud from ODID has won a new grant for a project exploring the multiple ways in which people engage with land in India and investigate whether 'multidimensional' land can be shared among stakeholders who are invested in its use and preservation.


If you would like to find out more about how the Division can support your application to one of these funds, please contact Sharron Pleydell-Pearce, Senior Research Facilitator.