Grant winners

July 15, 2010


Insect Pollinators Initiative

About £10 million has been granted to nine UK-based projects to explore the causes and consequences of threats to insect pollinators. The initiative is jointly funded by the BBSRC, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Scottish government. It aims to inform strategies to protect crop pollination and maintain biodiversity in natural ecosystems. The amounts listed below are an approximate value.

Award winner: Koos Biesmeijer

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £1 million

Sustainable pollination services for UK crops

Award winner: Giles Budge

Institution: Food and Environment Research Agency

Value: £750,000

Modelling systems for managing bee disease: the epidemiology of European foulbrood

Award winner: Claire Carvell

Institution: Nerc Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Value: £500,000

Investigating the impact of habitat structure on queen and worker bumblebees in the field

Award winner: Chris Connolly

Institution: University of Dundee

Value: £1.5 million

An investigation into the synergistic impact of sublethal exposure to industrial chemicals on the learning capacity and performance of bees

Award winner: Bill Kunin

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £1.4 million

Linking agriculture and land use change to pollinator populations

Award winner: Jane Memmott

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £1.2 million

Urban pollinators: their ecology and conservation

Award winner: Robert Paxton

Institution: Queen's University Belfast

Value: £1.6 million

Impact and mitigation of emergent diseases on UK insect pollinators

Award winner: Eugene Ryabov

Institution: University of Warwick

Value: £800,000

Unravelling the impact of the mite Varroa destructor on the interaction between the honeybee and its viruses

Award winner: Geraldine Wright

Institution: Newcastle University

Value: £800,000

Can bees meet their nutritional needs in the current UK landscape?


Award winner: Ardis Butterfield

Institution: University College London

Value: £36,840

Medieval song network

Award winner: Ray Monk

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £23,578

Challenges to biography: a multidisciplinary research network

Award winner: Giorgio Riello

Institution: University of Warwick

Value: £36,709

Global commodities: the material culture of early modern connections, 1400-1800

Award winner: Joanne Clarke

Institution: University of East Anglia

Value: £24,193

Environmental change in prehistory: an interdisciplinary study of the impact of the 6th millennium BP climate transition on human populations

Award winner: Sheila Anderson

Institution: King's College London

Value: £23,356

E-research approaches to historical weather data: sources, collaborations and methodologies for researching environmental change

Award winner: Simon Naylor

Institution: University of Exeter

Value: £23,740

Anticipatory histories of landscape and wildlife

Award winner: Leigh Payne

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £213,408

The impact of transitional justice on human rights and democracy

Award winner: Peter Coates

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £24,186

Local places, global processes: histories of environmental change

Award winner: Stephen Bottoms

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £24,400

Reflecting on environmental change through site-based performance

Award winner: David Sneath

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £24,042

Climate histories: communicating cultural knowledge of environmental change

Award winner: Georgina Endfield

Institution: University of Nottingham

Value: £23,873

Cultural spaces of climate network


Award winner: Michael Goodman

Institution: King's College London

Value: £23,696

Spectacular environmentalisms: Celebrity and the mediation of environmental change

With ever more celebrities joining environmental campaigns, this interdisciplinary study examines the relationship between celebrities, environmentalism and media power. Dr Goodman will consider how celebrity involvement in climate change issues has helped reshape interactions with the environment, how non-governmental conservation bodies have reformulated their interactions with celebrity, and how celebrities themselves have expanded their spheres of influence and, thus, their power and impact within society.

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