Grant winners – 25 August 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

August 25, 2016
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Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

The development of episodic future thinking and future-oriented decision-making

Biomass fuel at the nexus: policy lessons from bottom-up perspectives in urban Ghana

Understanding Buddhist nationalism

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Novel high-performance polymeric composite materials for additive manufacturing of multifunctional components

Morphological computation of perception and action

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Enzyme cascades and synthetic biology routes to non-natural alkaloids

Role of protein phosphorylation in maintenance of photosystem two activity

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research grants

Jazz and everyday aesthetics

The art of friendship in France, 1789-1914

In detail

Award winner: Jonathan Reinarz
Institution: University of Birmingham
Value: £754,548

Forged by fire: burns injury and identity in Britain, c.1800-2000

British tragedies involving burns and scalds have been seen on an individual and collective level for the past 200 years. Burns remain a visually unique, sensually assaulting and emotionally overwhelming injury. With significant effects on mobility, the self and identity, burns exact a psychological as well as a physical toll on the individual. This project will explore how burns have shaped individual, urban and group identity. In the 19th century, the mortality rate for burn injuries was 50 per cent. In the first half of the 20th century, about 20 to 30 per cent of burned and scalded people annually were hospitalised and 2 per cent of those, half of whom were children, died. Today, burns injuries make up about 175,000 of all A&E visits, but only about 10 per cent of those result in hospitalisations, and 300 people die. There has been little done around prevention. While burns incidents have influenced the professionalisation of ambulance and fire services, little is known about their roles in coordinating life-saving treatment. By considering the ways in which burns knowledge is disseminated through history – literature, the media, court records and so on – the team aims to make a sustained difference to prevention strategies, potentially feeding through to national policy.

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