Grant winners - 27 February 2014

February 27, 2014

Health Foundation

Self-management VOICED (valued outcomes of importance: consensus and disparity)


Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships

Maecenas: transformations of an Augustan patron

Perfect me!

The Union: a new political history

To do, to die, to reason why: the ethical lives of combatants


Bell Foundation

An evaluation of a language-based CPD programme in relation to developing teachers’ metalinguistic awareness and pupil achievement at Key Stage 3


Dunhill Medical Trust

Detecting the pre-symptomatic stage of neovascular age-related macular degeneration


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Awards are worth £10,000-£30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancement

Energy-efficient and reliable many-core computing systems

Improving forecasts of biodiversity change

Cytokinetic actomyosin ring structure, assembly and function

From magma to ash

In detail

Edward Simpson, Soas, University of London

European Research Council

Award winner: Edward Simpson
Institution: Soas, University of London
Value: £1.9 million

Roads and the politics of thought: Ethnographic approaches to infrastructure development in South Asia

This project will provide the first ethnographic account of the culture of road builders, their knowledge practices, interrelations and motivations. The research will be rooted in case studies of specific road projects in Pakistan, India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. These sites have been selected to bring to the fore how nation building, neoliberalism, ambition, environmental vulnerability and modernity feature in contemporary road building. The team will examine how road building is organised on site, in offices and within a broader array of institutions and state bodies in national and international contexts in order to understand the global cultures of road-building practice. The project’s aim is to survey expert opinion and uncover the ideas driving current road-building practices in South Asia. As roads are being built at unprecedented rates in some parts of the world, the researchers will ask: why, to what end and what ideas lie in the foundations of this new infrastructure?

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