Grant winners – 6 October 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

October 6, 2016
Grant winners tab on folder

Leverhulme Trust

Research grants
Sciences

Automatic acoustic observatories: non-invasive long term monitoring of acoustic species


A Bayesian approach to the control of eye movements in human subjects


The role of emotion in believable acting


Advanced bioelectrochemical measurements on unsupported membranes


Natural Environment Research Council

Research grants

Determining and predicting the size and onset times of substorms


The genetic basis of family effects and the evolutionary limits to large body size


Phanerozoic palaeomagnetic variations and their implications for the Earth’s deep interior


Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

The effects of a tailored health warning on socio-economic behaviours and health outcomes


Understanding infants’ curiosity-based exploration


Anti-smuggling policies and their intersection with humanitarian assistance and social trust


In detail

Award winner: Michael Silk
Institution: Bournemouth University
Value: £286,487

Sex work in the context of sports mega events: examining the impacts of Rio 2016

This project will explore the implications of sports mega events (SME) on informal sex economies. The aim is to address the spatial regulation of informal sex economies during a SME, the normalisation of specific sexual identities/practices through these processes, and the challenges this poses for sex workers. “Research into Olympic cities and those hosting other mega sporting events tends to focus on national-identity making, media representation and urban regeneration,” said Michael Silk, professor of sport at Bournemouth University. “There has been much less interest in the relationship between sporting events and the informal economies that spring up around them. Media speculate that there will be a heightened demand for sexual services, but policing and other control measures are often used to disrupt the sex trade.” Displacing sex workers and “moving them even further towards the margins can have all sorts of consequences for safety, criminal control and violence. In Brazil, the situation is very complex as sex work is a recognised legal profession, so marginalisation can leave people in vulnerable situations,” he said. The project will involve partners from the UK, Canada and Brazil.

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Related universities

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

question marks PhD study

Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

Pencil lying on open diary

Requesting a log of daily activity means that trust between the institution and the scholar has broken down, says Toby Miller

India, UK, flag

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister

Application for graduate job
Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016
Construction workers erecting barriers

Directly linking non-EU recruitment to award levels in teaching assessment has also been under consideration, sources suggest