31 January 2020
10 research projects have been awarded funding through the 2019/20 SOAS Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fund (IKE). In total, £68,089 have been allocated to successful IKE applications. Funding allocated to individual projects ranged from £3,000 to £8,000. Of this, £12,925 will come from the SOAS Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) allocation.
The projects will entail a broad range of impact and knowledge exchange activities, inducing:
- Two projects from Dr Meera Sabaratnam and Professor Lindiwe Dovey supporting the impact of the SOAS decolonisation agenda through the development of a Decolonising SOAS Toolkit Video as well as supporting the participation of key Africa-based film/screen scholars and HE policymakers in events planned in Lagos and Addis Ababa as part of the Decolonising Film and Screen Studies research project;
- Professor Alison Scott Baumann’s work creating a sustainable partnership between SOAS and Westminster to foster knowledge exchange and the impact of SOAS research through expert lobbying;
- A workshop led by Dr Adrija Dey to bring together students, activists and practitioners from India and the UK to discuss and debate issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) within Higher Educational (HE) institutions. The workshop should lead to the development and dissemination of a ‘toolkit’ offering skeleton policy framework for HE institutions;
- Dr Marie Rodet’s work to create a web platform to host the wide range of mediums PI to disseminate the findings of SOAS research on the history of internal slavery in Mali;
- Professor Shane McCausland has used the grant to host a workshop with key stakeholders to develop a powerful IKE strategy in connection with a SOAS-led AHRC proposal for a major exhibition entitled ‘Mongols’, on the arts of the Mongol empire, to be held at the Royal Academy of Arts (RAA);
- Professor Rachel Harris will kick-start a process to establish SOAS as a hub in the emerging East Asian new music scene in the UK- bringing together SOAS expertise in East Asian music and the UK’s creative industries;
- Supporting impact and knowledge exchange activities from Dr Kai Easton around the exhibition “J. M. Coetzee: Scenes from the South” which was launched in South Africa on 9 Feb 2020 co-organised by SOAS;
- Dr Risa Morimoto’s work supporting a multi-stakeholder dialogues for creating shared visions of community-based coastal resource management in the face of ecological crisis in rural fishing communities in North Western Sri Lanka;
- Dr J Simon Rofe’s work to cement SOAS role as facilitator of knowledge exchange on sport as key driver of globalisation and diplomacy.