Grant winners – 29 September 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

September 29, 2016
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Fluid dynamic properties of irregular, multi-scale rough surfaces


Curious connections: the impact of donating egg and sperm on donors’ everyday life and relationships


Lead niobate-based tunable dielectrics for smart microwave and millimetre-wave systems


Controlling unconventional properties of correlated materials by Fermi surface topological transitions and deformations


Coupling and control in continuous time


National Institute for Health Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme

Intact: intraoperative fluorescence angiography to prevent colorectal anastomotic leak


A randomised controlled trial to evaluate the outcomes and mechanisms of a novel digital reasoning intervention for persecutory delusions


Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

  • Award winner: Ainhoa Montoya
  • Institution: University of London
  • Value: £132,841

The legal cultures of the subsoil: the judicialisation of environmental politics in Central America


Geo-logics and geo-politics: the collective governance of European shale gas development


BRIDGE – building resilience in a dynamic global economy: complexity across scales in the food-water-energy nexus


In detail

Award winner: Alan Fernihough
Institution: Queen’s-University Belfast
Value: £149,674

The causes and consequences of the Great Irish Famine

Was early 19th-century Ireland overpopulated and fertility at an unsustainable level, or did other factors cause the Great Irish Famine? Did the famine-induced migration to Britain spread infectious diseases and have a substantial impact on British mortality rates? Similarly, what impact did the famine have on the British labour force and economy generally? This study will attempt to answer these questions. The team will use newly available census data to uncover how the Irish famine influenced the British economy and labour force. Did the influx of Irish in certain cities such as Liverpool and Manchester boost demand and help to speed up economic growth, or did this migration depress the wages of locals and therefore stifle economic advancement? Additionally, the study will use newly available records of regional mortality to calculate what impact, if any, the Great Famine had on mortality in England and Wales.

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