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First LIDC Fellows receive their awards

Three cross-college teams were awarded the LIDC Fellowship grants at the LIDC Bi-Annual Conference on 23 May. The funding is intended as seed money to support new interdisciplinary research projects in international development across Bloomsbury Colleges.

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) launched its new Fellowship Scheme in February 2013 with a view to supporting new collaborative research in international development between academics from at least two different Bloomsbury Colleges – LIDC members (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS and Royal Veterinary College).

Grants of up to £5,000 per project were offered to support innovative ideas for international development research that are inter-sectoral (e.g. between education and health, agriculture and environment, etc.) and/ or interdisciplinary (e.g. between political science and anthropology, economics and epidemiology, etc.).
The first round of Fellowships in the spring of 2013 attracted a number of high-quality proposals covering issues such as animal welfare, avian flu, fisheries and piracy, violence against children, and others.

The Bloomsbury Research Committee selected three that will receive funding:

1) ‘Development of assessment tools for impact evaluation of malaria control on early cognitive development and educational outcomes for children in Mali and Senegal, Sub-Saharan Africa’
•    Dr. Yvonne Griffiths, Lecturer in Psychology and Special Education, Institute of Education
•    Dr. Sian Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Malaria Research and Control, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


2) ‘Mapping the social context of transitions to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya’

•    Dr. Andy Guise, Research Assistant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
•    Dr. Phil Clark, Lecturer in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS
•    Dr. Paul Turnbull, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck

 3) ‘Does land use change influence macaque behaviour and interactions with humans: implications for infectious disease transmission’
•    Dr. Kimberly Fornace, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
•    Dr. Julian Drewe, Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology, Royal Veterinary College
•    Dr. Martha Betson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in One Health, Royal Veterinary College

A representative from each team was invited to the Awards Ceremony at the LIDC Bi-Annual Conference on 23 May. Yvonne Griffiths, IOE; Andy Guise, LSHTM; and Martha Betson, RVC, received their awards from Prof. Jonathan Elliott, Chair of the Bloomsbury Research Committee, and presented their projects to the audience of 150 gathered at the conference.

The projects are expected to start this spring. A new round of Fellowships funding will be announced in early 2014.

More about the LIDC Fellowships Scheme

Listen to the audio recording of the Awards Ceremony on 23 May 2013, where Fellows present their projects