The ESRC in collaboration with the AHRC have announced funding for fifteen new research projects under the ESRC-AHRC Forced Displacement call with £3.5 million funding allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The successful projects will study through different models of interdisciplinary research the experiences of the forced displaced (internally and across borders), enabling collaborations between the social sciences and the arts and humanities. The high quality research funded through this call has strong potential to benefit the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

Understanding the diversity of experiences and the shape of the immediate and long term responses, both of the displaced themselves and the agencies that seek to intervene, is paramount and these awards will help develop a better understanding of complex issues around forced displacement.

The fifteen projects are:

  • Arts for advocacy: Creative engagement with forced displacement in Morocco
    Dr Laura Jeffery, University of Edinburgh
  • Conserving cultural heritage: The resilience of forcibly displaced Syrian artisans in Jordan
    Dr Haya Al-Dajani, University of Plymouth
  • The global governed? Refugees as providers of protection and assistance
    Professor Alexander Betts, University of Oxford
  • Trajectories of displacement: A multi-disciplinary exploration into return and social repair after mass displacement in northern Uganda
    Professor Tim Allen, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Energy and forced displacement: A qualitative approach to light, heat and power in refugee Camps
    Dr Jamie Cross, University of Edinburgh
  • The law of asylum in the Middle East and Asia: Developing legal engagement at the frontiers of the international refugee regime
    Martin Jones, University of York
  • The unknown city: the (in)visibility of urban displacement
    Dr Michael Collyer, University of Sussex
  • Co-developing a method for assessing the psychosocial impact of cultural interventions with displaced people: Towards an integrated care framework
    Professor Helen Chatterjee, University College London
  • Stopping it at source: Migration decision- and policy-making in Afghanistan
    Dr Liza Schuster, City University of London
  • Architectures of displacement: The experiences and consequences of emergency shelter
    Professor Tom Scott-Smith, University of Oxford
  • Reframing centuries of Cham forced displacement: Connections, interactions and networks across the South China Sea
    Dr Claire Sutherland, Durham University
  • From displacement to development: arts education as a means to build cultural resilience and community-led arts production in the Marshall Islands
    Dr Michelle Keown, University of Edinburgh
  • Building futures: Aspirations of Syrian youth refugees and host population responses in Lebanon, Greece and the UK
    Dr Georgios Karyotis, University of Glasgow
  • Moving with risk: forced displacement and vulnerability to hazards in Colombia
    Dr Roger Few, University of East Anglia
  • Gender based violence and displacement
    Dr Emma Williamson, University of Bristol