Grant winners – 19 November 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

November 19, 2015
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Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

Rethinking galactic architecture: clues from satellites and destroyed dwarfs

Understanding the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking

Functional porous materials from inorganic waste

Emergence and evolution of planetary systems

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

Quantitative evolution of nematode gene regulatory networks

Sugar signalling during drought stress; do plants suffer diabetes when stressed?

Prototype selection from streaming, drifting and partly labelled data using classifier ensembles

Investigating the role of movement in the recognition of identity from facial composites

Economic and Social Research Council/Department for International Development

ESRC-DFID Urgency Grants

EVI-MED – Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations

Unravelling the Mediterranean migration crisis (MEDMIG)

In detail

Economic and Social Research Council

Award winner: Sarah Roddy
Institution: University of Manchester
Value: £196,403

Visible Divinity: Money and Irish Catholicism, 1850-1921

Social science and humanities academics have long been captivated by the relationship between religious faith and economic behaviour. While this project acknowledges the work of such luminaries as Karl Marx and Viviana Zelizer, it also concerns the relationship between religious practice and economic thought, and is predicated on the idea that primary economic exchange in a religious setting has never been an intellectual one, but rather a physical one. The project suggests the process of church fundraising was/is a significant economic phenomenon, worthy of examination and conceptualisation in its own right. Also, it can tell us a great deal about the interaction of religion and economics in the lives of ordinary people. Therefore, the project’s form is an investigation of the Irish Catholic Church’s finance over a period of its increasing influence over the country’s population – the time of the Irish “devotional revolution” up to the point that the church became the dominant denomination in a newly independent country. Although predominantly historical, the research also hopes to provide insights into individual economic behaviour in ways that mainstream economics has tended to neglect.

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