Grant winners - 8 May 2014

May 8, 2014

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Hecke algebras and Kac-Moody groups: representations, lattices and categories

Is RNA splicing regulated by collisions between proteins bound to a freely diffusing RNA chain?

  • Award winner: Sonja Franke-Arnold
  • Institution: University of Glasgow
  • Value: £249,507

Quantum memory and processing of orbital angular momentum information in atomic gases

Social sciences

Expressing the self: cultural diversity and cognitive universals


National Institute for Health Research

Health Technology Assessment Programme

  • Award winner: Siladitya Bhattacharya
  • Institution: University of Aberdeen
  • Value: £1,319,295

A multi-centre randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy with second-generation endometrial ablation for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding (HEALTH)


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

  • Award winner: Kosmas Prassides
  • Institution: Durham University

New chemistry of functional molecular materials

Advancing neuroprotective therapies using a perinatal asphyxia model

  • Award winner: Rein Ulijn
  • Institution: University of Strathclyde

Adaptive molecular technology through minimal biomimetics


Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC-DFID Joint scheme for poverty alleviation research

  • Award winner: Wendy Olsen
  • Institution: University of Manchester
  • Value: £333,090

Gender norms, labour supply and poverty reduction in comparative context: evidence from rural India and Bangladesh

  • Award winner: Wenfei Winnie Wang
  • Institution: University of Bristol
  • Value: £466,160

Impact of urban-rural return migration on rural economic development in China – with implications for Vietnam

In detail

Emma Crewe, Soas, University of London

Award winner: Emma Crewe
Institution: Soas, University of London
Value: £501,930

Parliamentary effectiveness: public engagement for poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia

This project will examine the extent to which poverty reduction depends on an effective parliament with MPs engaging with the public. Among the questions it will ask are: What makes MPs effective? How do they interact with different stakeholders? What is their role in reducing poverty and promoting equality? “The work of parliament and parliamentarians is changing within most nations: they can grow stronger as many countries develop processes of public engagement, but weaker in the sense that many citizens become still more disillusioned with their political leaders,” Emma Crewe said. “This research will more specifically explore the relationship between parliament, parliamentarians and individuals and groups within the public.”

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