The ESRC has announced funding for 30 new postdoctoral fellowships from the Global Challenges Research fund (GCRF) which will provide career development opportunities for those at a relatively early stage of their academic career and will enhance the capacity of early career researchers.

The successful projects will support fellows who demonstrate great potential in social science research, with an international development focus. These awards form a key part of ESRC's strategy to achieve the aims of GCRF and to promote excellence in UK social science capacity-building.

The fellowships are:

  • Managing development and infrastructure: understanding state engagements with rural communities in Mongolia
    Ariell Ahearn, University of Oxford
  • Touristic competition, securitisation, and the creation of (in)securities in Guatemala
    Sarah Becklake, Lancaster University
  • The micro-politics of refugee crisis management: the case of Lebanon's municipalities
    Billie Jeanne  Brownlee, University of Exeter    
  • Dealing with missing data in verbal autopsy reports: application to estimates of maternal mortality and HIV-related mortality
    Clara Calvert, London School of Hygiene and Trop Medicine
  • Politicised provision: development and welfare under Latin America's new left
    David Cooper, University College London
  • Using technology in science tasks: reducing language barriers for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
    Yasmine El Masri, University of Oxford    
  • Illicit drug economies, governance and security-development in the global south: a case study of state-narco networks in post-transition Bolivia
    Allan Gillies, University of Glasgow
  • Engaging and responding to local voices: the case of children's schooling in rural Ethiopia and the implication for development theory and practices
    Tigist Grieve, University of Bristol
  • To work and back: exploring Palestinian labour mobility and its development effects on the West Bank
    Andreas Hackl, University of Edinburgh
  • Inclusion of learners with specific learning differences in teaching English as a foreign language: a teacher training project for Sri Lanka
    Bimali Indrarathne, Lancaster University    
  • Transitional justice in Cambodia: victim participation at the extraordinary chambers in the courts of Cambodia
    Rudina Jasini, University of Oxford
  • Weather matters: alleviating the consequences of climate change for housing and mobility in the Himalayas
    Heid Jerstad, University of Edinburgh
  • Understanding the association of low socioeconomic position with increased suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka
    Duleeka (Dee) Knipe, University of Bristol
  • Allowable deaths: leaving-no-one-behind and the value of human life in Zimbabwe, what can be done to accelerate early progress on the implementation of SDGs
    Fortunate Machingura, University of Manchester
  • Navigating Bangladesh's political settlement
    Mathilde Maitrot, The University of Manchester    
  • Empowering language teachers and learners in Uzbekistan: opening doors through Formal English reading and writing development
    Diana Mazgutova, Lancaster University
  • Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war
    Patrick Meehan, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Levelling the playing field: assessing through equity the quality of Chilean schools
    Bernardita Muñoz-Chereau, University of Bristol    
  • The geography of poverty in Latin America
    Hector Najera Catalan, University of Bristol
  • Understanding early child development in the context of socioeconomic adversity and maternal depression in Brazil and South Africa
    Elena Netsi, University of Oxford
  • Opportunities and conflicts in rapid agricultural growth: creating awareness and policy engagement with contract farming in Southern Africa
    Helena Pérez Niño, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • The glocalisation of wellbeing and sustainability: a biosocial educational prototype for Peru, Brazil and beyond
  • Elizabeth Rahman,  University of Oxford
  • Social capital, health and wellbeing in ageing populations in the UK and Brazil
    Patrick Rouxel, CLOSER, University College London
  • Negotiating the 'paradox of participation' to increase the social equity of participatory ecological monitoring in Nepal
    Samantha Staddon, University of Edinburgh
  • Peace, dialogue and citizenship education in West Africa: non-formal learning for the development of strong institutions and civil society
    Marika Tsolakis, University College London
  • Counting every child in: promoting inclusive and quality education for disabled children in China
    Yuchen Wang, University of Edinburgh
  • Reinventing the wheel? Convergence and divergence in the global automotive industry and its labour relations in China and Mexico
    Frido Wenten, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Working around drug war-torn communities on the US-Mexico border
    Shadi Whitburn, University of Edinburgh
  • Aid effectiveness in the occupied Palestinian territories
    Jeremy Wildeman, University of Bath
  • The socio-economic dynamics of urbanisation in China: Inequalities, child health and development
    Nan Zhang, The University of Manchester