Grant winners – 13 April 2017

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

April 13, 2017
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Medical Research Council

Exploring the teachable moment for alcohol reduction in breast clinics: formative work to inform intervention design, development, process evaluation


Studies towards infectious disease elimination on the Bijagós archipelago of Guinea-Bissau


Assessing health risks associated with exposure to household and ambient air pollution in rural and urban China


Royal Society

University research fellowships

These offer early career scientists, who have the potential to become leaders, an opportunity to build an independent research career 

Transition from a freshwater to a marine biosphere during the early Earth


Sulfonyl triazoles: a next-generation building block for molecular complexity


 Geometric aspects of scattering amplitudes


Arts and Humanities Research Council

Representing biology as process


A global history of Irish Revolution, 1916-1923


Investigating variation and change: case in diachrony


In detail

Award winners: Lucy Bell (PI) and Alex Flynn

Institution: University of Surrey and Durham University

Value: £249,910

Precarious publishing in Latin America: relations, meaning and community in movement

This project will investigate the Latin American publishing phenomenon of editoriales cartoneras (“cardboard publishers”) and how they have forged new local and global literary communities. Editoriales cartoneras are small independent publishing projects that make books out of  recycled cardboard and sell them at reduced prices, with the aim of increasing access to literature in countries where books are expensive. Cartonera is a reference to the cartonero figure – the cardboard collector or “waste picker” – a product of the 2001 Argentine economic and unemployment crisis, which saw individuals take to the streets of Buenos Aires to collect and sell scrap materials. Editoriales cartoneras therefore might also be translated as “waste-picking publishers”. Many have subsequently recycled the idea, adapting it to different local contexts, communities and social needs. Underpinning these divergent projects is the shared notion of working productively and creatively from a situation of precariousness – material, social, political, economic and/or environmental. In this comparative study of Brazilian and Mexican cartoneras, researchers will explore “precarious publishing” in its two closely inter­related guises: an artistic trend and a social movement.

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