SOAS University of London

SOAS academic awarded funding as part of UKRI’s GCRF Collective Programme

20 November 2020
Marie Rodet

Dr Marie Rodet, Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa has been awarded funding as part of UKRI’s GCRF Collective Programme. 

The UKRI GCRF Collective Programme is designed to enhance the overall impact across UKRI’s six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios in global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and resilience. Research across these is contributing to realising the ambitions of the UK Government’s aid strategy and progressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Earlier this year it was announced that Dr Rodet won UKRI/GCRF funding to support cutting-edge research on slavery legacies and forced migration in Mali.

This is a major achievement by Dr Rodet to win two UKRI GCRF awards the same year for her two projects:

  • Looking at the most invisibilised historical and contemporary slavery-related protracted displacements taking place within rural areas of the Kayes region in Mali
  • ‘De-marginalising frontier communities in West Africa: action research, local knowledge, and resilience against natural disasters and ecological stress.’

Professor Andrew Thompson, UKRI’s International Champion, said: 

“UKRI is proud to announce this initiative celebrating the spirit of international collaboration in research and innovation. The pandemic has irrefutably demonstrated that we are part of a global community and must work together to tackle global crises. 

“This exciting Programme brings together diverse expertise from across the globe, ensuring that the voices of those most impacted are empowered to drive sustainable solutions for those most in need.  

“Working in partnership with developing nations, the UK’s research and innovation system has a crucial role to play in finding innovative solutions to interlinked issues such as issues such as environmental disasters, extreme poverty and food security. These international development research projects announced today are essential to finding these solutions.”

Find out more about Dr Rodet’s projects.