Grant winners – 22 December 2016

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

December 22, 2016
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National Institutes of Health Research

Public Health Research Projects

Universal school-based prevention: examining the impact of the Good Behaviour Game on health-related outcomes for children


Measuring the impact of reducing police enforcement on sex workers’ health in East London: a mixed-method evaluation of a natural experiment


Assets-based feeding help Before and After birth (ABA): feasibility study for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Watching plants drink: imaging where, when and how roots take up water


From starfish to sex: the origins of kisspeptin signalling


The importance of social context in interpreting and generating laughter


Major Research Fellowships

The theology of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle


The child face of Roman slavery


Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research Project Grants

Time: between metaphysics and psychology


How we used to sleep


Staging Napoleonic theatre


In detail

Award winner: Michael Silk
Institution: Bournemouth University
Value: £557,003

Re-presenting para-sport bodies: disability and the cultural legacy of the Paralympics

Media coverage of para-sports often celebrates Paralympians as “superhuman”; but what benefit have people with disabilities gained from this? According to previous research from the University of Bournemouth, the vast majority of people with disabilities remain unaffected by the Paralympic Games, coverage of which often focuses on “palatable and aesthetically pleasing” forms of disability. Michael Silk, director of the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre at the University of Bournemouth, will lead research using focus groups, data collection and interviews with broadcasters. The group will study the influences on media coverage of para-sports, how this coverage affects attitudes towards people with disabilities, and how coverage could be adapted to be more broadly beneficial, inclusive and free of stereotypes. Their findings will be presented through a public exhibition and documentary film.

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