Grant winners

February 7, 2013

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants
Sciences

  • Award winner: Nadia Sidorova
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £200,253

Localisation for branching Bouchaud random walks

Two-layer thermo-compositional dynamo models of the geomagnetic field

  • Award winner: Junwang Tang
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £249,930

Feasibility of nanomaterial fabrication by microwave-promoted microreactor

Building a synthetic cell- patterning mechanism to test a biological model

Economic and Social Research Council

Future Research Leaders Scheme

Mapping the cultural landscape of emotions for social interaction

Complex systems modelling of alcohol consumption dynamics in the British population

Migration and trade union responses: analysis of the UK in a comparative perspective

European Commission

Marie Curie Fellowship

Development of advanced all-optical regenerator subsystems for exceeding Shannon’s linear capacity limits in future optical networks

Exploring injectable peptide-based hydrogels for cell therapy

Knowledge transfer on novel nanostructures synthesised by laser ablation and their application for biological sensors

FP7 - ICT Call

Prowess: Property-based testing of web services

In detail

Award winner: Emma Tarlo

Institution: Goldsmiths, University of London

Value: £145,539

Head to head: untangling the global trade in human hair

This research explores the various uses and meanings of hair as it becomes incorporated into different projects of self-enhancement and asks what this trade might tell us about gender, ethnicity, bodies and identities in the early 21st century. It involves following the passage of hair as it moves between significant nodes of interaction in the global hair trade, with a particular focus on shops and salons in London, wig-making in New York, Hindu temples and rural areas in India where hair is collected and processed, and hair-harvesting events in Ukraine. It will also explore the relationships of intimacy and distance between different actors in the trade - “hair givers”, barbers, “collectors”, stylists, etc. While at one level the research aims to document a trade about which little is known, it also explores the strangeness of disembodied hair with its capacity to be conceptualised as body part, waste product, organic crop and desirable commodity.

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