British Academy announces Rising Star Engagement winners

The British Academy has announced 34 awards for early career researchers under its new scheme

March 28, 2015

Worth up to £15,000 each, they have been given to scholars active in organising interdisciplinary events for other young researchers.

Their expertise covers fields ranging from energy ethics to mediaeval multilingualism, the shadow economy to “the middle-income trap”, addiction and culture to peace-making in Sudan. 

Activities planned include a network of researchers chosen to present their work via podcasts and a multi-disciplinary salon-style forum for debate.

The full inaugural list of winners of the British Academy Rising Star Engagement scheme are as follows.


British Academy Rising Star Engagement winners

Sean Adams, British Academy postdoctoral fellow in theology and religious studies at the University of Glasgow

The Future of Academic Publishing: REF, Libraries, Publishers, and Academics (£8,977)


Ana Aliverti, assistant professor of law at the University of Warwick

Criminal adjudication in the age of migration: an international workshop (£12,810.40)


Evrim Altintas, British Academy postdoctoral fellow in sociology at the University of Oxford

Britain’s Youth: New Data New Perspectives (£13,320)


Peter Auger, British Academy postdoctoral fellow in English at Queen Mary University of London

National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies (£7,800.90)


Panos Constantinides, associate professor of information systems at the University of Warwick

Innovations in Digital Infrastructures: Implications for Theory, Policy & Practice (£14,160)


Gemma Elizabeth Derrick, ESRC future research leader fellow at the Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London

Establishing the international network of researchers for the promotion of qualitative and mixed methodological approaches in research policy and evaluation (£14,630)


Alan Gow, assistant professor of psychology at Heriot-Watt University

Rewrite the Headlines: engaging young people in evaluating research in the media (£14,939)


Hilary Greaves, associate professor in philosophy at the University of Oxford

Population ethics: Theory and practice (£14,920)


Toby Green, lecturer in Lusophone African history and culture at King’s College London

Identities in Greater Senegambia and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Approaches through History and Music in Dialogue (£14,996)


Sara Harris, junior research fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Code-Switching: A Workshop and Working Group on Medieval Multilingualism (£12,274)


Mette Marie High, Leverhulme early career fellow in social anthropology at the University of St Andrews

Energy ethics in the contemporary world (£14,989)


Joshua Hordern, associate professor of Christian ethics at the University of Oxford

Engaging Healthcare: Markets and Meaning (£14,314.77)


Jeffrey Howard, lecturer in political philosophy at the University of Essex

Making Political Theory Matter: From Academic Research to Policy Impact (£3,792.20)


John Jerrim, reader in educational and social statistics at the UCL Institute of Education

Facilitating international collaborations amongst early career researchers (£15,000)


Matthew Johnson, lecturer in politics at Lancaster University

Participatory Research: Working and Communicating with Communities (£9,355)


Nahee Kang, lecturer in political economy of emerging markets at King’s College London

The Political Economy of Middle-Income Trap: Towards “Usable” Theories in Development Research (£15,000)


Conor Kostick, Marie Curie Fellow in history at the University of Nottingham

Making the Medieval Relevant (£14,253)


Genevieve LeBaron, vice-chancellor’s fellow in politics at the University of Sheffield

Challenges in Researching the Shadow Economy (£12,499)


Helen McCarthy, senior lecturer in history at Queen Mary University of London

Rethinking Contemporary British Political History (£13,130)


Christopher Millingon, senior lecturer in history at Swansea University

Teaching History in the Twenty-First Century (£10,521.45)


Matthew Nicholls, associate professor in Classics at the University of Reading

Digital visualisation in the humanities (£14,311.16)


Sarah Nouwen, university lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge

Making and Breaking Peace in Sudan and South Sudan: Ten Years after the “Comprehensive” Peace Agreement (£14,980)


Christina Phillips, lecturer in Arabic literature and media at the University of Exeter

Early Career Middle Eastern Studies Research Network (£14,418)


Jeremias Prassl, associate professor and fellow in law at Magdalen College, University of Oxford 

Shaping Future Directions in EU Labour Law (£14,435)


Sarah Savant, associate professor in history at the Aga Khan University

A Digital Humanities Workshop for Introducing Scholars of the Middle East to Text Reuse Methods (£13,045)


Gaia Scerif, professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of Oxford,

Developmental Science Grows Up: Nurturing Impact (£12,783.69)


Lisa Skogh, research fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum

What was Europe? A New Salon (£14,290)


Tracey Sowerby, fellow in Renaissance history at Keble College, University of Oxford,

Centres of Diplomacy, Centres of Culture (£13,417)


Pedro Telles, senior lecturer in law at Swansea University

P3MP: Public Procurement Podcast & Mentoring Project (£14,075)


 Zoe Trodd, professor of American and Canadian studies at the University of Nottingham

Race and Rights(£14,999.94)


Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, lecturer in the sociology of childhood at the University of Sheffield

Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South (£14,998)


Michael Waibel, university lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge

Empirical International Law (£8,600)


Samantha Walton, lecturer in English literature, writing and the environment at Bath Spa University

Landscaping Change: exploring environmental regeneration, conservation and placemaking initiatives using arts and humanities research methods (£8,922.50)


Susannah Wilson, assistant professor in French studies at the University of Warwick

Addiction and Culture since 1800 (£5,374.25)

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