WUN Research Development Fund 2019 Results

WUN is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 round of the Research Development Fund (RDF) applications.  These awards, which facilitate collaborative research among WUN universities, will bring our financial investment in establishing new WUN Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) to more than £170,000 over the past six months.

From among 31 applications, we have been able to support 15 projects from the RDF.  Notably, all 23 WUN member universities are represented on awarded projects research teams in this round.  These new projects join 88 existing IRGs that have engaged over 2300 researchers across the Network.

Since 2009 the WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) has directly invested over £2 million to establish research projects on problems of global significance, and on which member universities, working together, can make distinctive progress.

Research projects awarded funds in the 2019 round include (lead university in bold): 

  • Addressing the impact of heatwaves and drought on food security

Research Team: University of Alberta; The University of Auckland; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of Leeds; University of Massachusetts Amherst; National Cheng Kung University; The University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; The University of Western Australia; University of York; Zhejiang University

  • Climate-Induced Migration: Global Scope, Regional Impacts and National Policy Frameworks

Research Team: University of Alberta; The University of Auckland; University of Bristol; University College Dublin; University of Ghana; Maastricht University; University of Massachusetts Amherst; University of Rochester; University of Southampton; Tecnologico de Monterrey; The University of Western Australia; University of York

  • !Gâ re – Rangatiranga – Dadirri : Decolonizing the 'capture of knowledge'

Research Team: University of Alberta; The University of Auckland; University of Bristol; University of Cape Town; University of Ghana; University of Massachusetts Amherst; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia; University of York; Zhejiang University

  • Establishing the Low Carbon Energy Transition in a Changing Climate Network

Research Team: University of Bergen; University of Bristol; University of Massachusetts Amherst; The University of Sydney; Zhejiang University

  • Gendering Migration: Women and Girls Experiences of Gender-based discrimination, abuse and violence across migratory stages

Research Team: University of Bristol; University of Cape Town; Maastricht University; University of Massachusetts Amherst; National Cheng Kung University; The University of Western Australia

  • Global Research Network on the Economic Empowerment of Women (ReNEW)

Research Team: University of Alberta; University College Dublin; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; University of Ghana; The University of Sydney

  • Informing health resource allocation decisions: models of interdisciplinary research emphasising local engagement and policy impact

Research Team: University of Bergen; University of Nairobi; University of York

  • Innovating the mathematics curriculum in times of change: towards local and global relevance

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Bristol; University of Cape Town; The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Integrating Health & Social Care Services to Tackle Asia’s Ageing Population & Rise in Chronic & Multi-Morbidity: Global Developments & Lessons

Research Team: University of Bergen; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China; The University of Sydney; University of York; Zhejiang University

  • Legal Cultures and New Regional Policies towards Forced Migrants

Research Team: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of Leeds; University of Massachusetts Amherst; The University of Western Australia

  • Low-Carbon Transport, Individual Wellbeing & Planetary Health in the Era of Smart Cities & New Mobilities

Research Team: The University of Auckland; University of Bristol; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of Leeds; The University of Sydney

  • Mental Health Impact and Access to Health and Social Care Services for Women Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

Research Team: The University of Auckland; University of Bristol; University of Ghana; Maastricht University; University of Massachusetts Amherst; The University of Sheffield; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia

  • (Re)negotiating power to enhance resilience to climate change

Research Team: The University of Auckland; University of Bristol; University of Cape Town; University of Ghana; University of Leeds; Maastricht University; The University of Western Australia 

  • The WUN Data Science Network (WUN-DSN)

Research Team: The University of Auckland; University College Dublin; The Chinese University of Hong Kong: University of Leeds; Maastricht University; University of Rochester; The University of Sydney

  • WUN Health Humanities initiative: towards the development of the patient-centred and compassionate Health Professional through education

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Cape Town Maastricht University; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia

Peter Lennie, Executive Director of WUN, said “Our review panel had a difficult task in selecting the successful projects: many very strong applications demonstrated how teams from diverse partner universities bring distinctive research strengths to bear on problems of real importance. I'm delighted that we have been able to support so many projects.”

Further information on WUN research programs can be found here.