Funding Opportunity: Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

wellcomeWellcome Trust are offering 3 year support for humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.  The call is aimed at early(post doc researchers); intermediate (you’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team) and return to research after a break of two years or more.   Salary and research expenses are covered for up to 3 years.


Funding Opportunity: British Academy

British_Academy_logoMid-Career Fellowships Outline Stage

The British Academy intends, through this scheme of Mid-Career Fellowships, both to support outstanding individual  researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.

Scheme Opens: 10th August 2016; Deadline for Applicants: 14th September 2016; Deadline for Institutional Approval: 15th September 2016;  Deadline for Referees: 22nd September 2016; Result of Outline Stage Announcement: December 2016



Funding Opportunity: European Fellowships 2017

The EURIAS Fellowship Programme 2017/2018 Call for Applications is now open. Deadline June 8th, 2016.

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 18 participating Institutes: Aahrus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.  EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 18 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.  Find out more

Funding Award: Responses to Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

Dr Leslie Mabon, in the School of Applied Social Studies has been awarded funding from the UK CCS Research Centre to assess stakeholder and citizen responses to carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in Japan. CCS is a technology that has the potential to help mitigate climate change by capturing carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-burning power stations and industrial sources, and injecting this carbon dioxide into geological structures deep underground.

Whilst there is good scientific consensus that CCS can be undertaken safely, understanding how communities adjacent to projects and those with a legitimate interest in the environment feel about large-scale environmental projects like this is of the utmost importance. This is especially true in Japan, where there is high awareness of the risks seismic activity can pose to energy infrastructure.

During 2016 Leslie will be interviewing stakeholders and community members in and around the Tomakomai project in Hokkaido, north Japan – one of the world’s first large-scale demonstrations of CCS ‘in action’.

Leslie is working with the CO2 Storage Research Group at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) in Kyoto, Japan. RITE are a government-funded research institution with extensive research experience in assessing technologies with the potential to mitigate climate change, and are one of the leading Japanese research institutions when it comes to CCS. Dr Jun Kita is a co-investigator in the project – and is a senior researcher within the group who has been involved in work of this nature in both Japan and Scotland.

As CCS is at the demonstration and early deployment stage, there are very few opportunities worldwide to study how communities and stakeholders will react to real world large-scale projects – hence this is a very rare and unique chance to generate social data from CCS deployment. Furthermore, Japanese society is well aware of the risks that can arise when seismic activity, energy and the sea come together, so there is potential to learn a lot of lessons about how to deploy a piece of environmental infrastructure potentially perceived as ‘risky’ in a challenging social context. This research will build on similar work undertaken by Leslie in Scotland over the last few years, and the hope is that this will be of interest to policymakers, developers and environmental organisations currently grappling with the question of how – if at all – to deploy CCS in Europe.

Leslie says, ” Virtually all of the CO2 Storage Research Group members are physical scientists, so I’m very much looking forward to teaching them about social science research and also deepening my own understanding of the ‘science’ behind my research.”

While Leslie is in northern Japan he will also be running a three-day workshop that brings together Japan and Scotland-based social scientists working on environmental issues.  The workshop is funded by the GB Sasakawa Foundation and will be run in collaboration with researchers at Hokkaido University led by Prof Taisuke Miyauchi.  This will give Leslie an opportunity to present the first findings from his fieldwork.  Fellow School of Applied Social Sciences researcher Dr Natascha Mueller-Hirth will also travel to Japan to join Leslie for the workshop.  Follow Leslie on twitter @ljmabon and his blog