Grant winners – 19 May 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

May 19, 2016
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Directional control of extreme polar growth in filamentous fungi

Developmental tuning of Turing patterning

Bacterial transport and catabolism of human malodour precursors

All-optical readout and manipulation of neural circuits in the intact mammalian brain

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research grants

The age of metaphysical revolution: David Lewis and his place in the history of analytic philosophy

Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: a longitudinal analysis

Migration and the North-South divide

Living the urban periphery: investment, infrastructure and economic change in African city-regions

Urban transformation in South Africa through co-designing energy services provision pathways

In detail

Award winner: Kieran McEvoy
Institution: Queen’s University Belfast
Value: £549,829

Apologies, abuses and dealing with the past: a socio-legal analysis

Using Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a case study, this project will investigate the role of apologies for harms caused by paramilitary violence, institutional child abuse and the economic crisis. It will examine a range of wider themes concerning the way apologies have been constructed, delivered and received beyond the state. Despite acceptance that apologies are important in dealing with past wrongs, in practice the theoretical literature is not often informed by thorough empirical assessment of the views of apologisers, victims or the wider public. Through investigating the perspectives of perpetrators, victims and community, the study hopes to develop a better understanding of the role of apologies in dealing with the past. Existing research on the subject has been restricted to disciplinary silos. Working on the premise that apologies are often shaped by legal implications, the project hopes to develop a bridge-head between law and other fields including politics, philosophy, anthropology, history, sociology and psychology.

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