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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