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29th March, 2021

Dr Katharine Low Awarded British Academy funding for Collaborative Research Projects

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - University of London

Congratulations to Central’s Dr Katharine Low, Senior Lecturer in Community Performance and Applied Theatre, who has been awarded funding from the British Academy as a part of her involvement in two interdisciplinary research projects.

The seed funding has been awarded by the British Academy to support research on five new humanities and social sciences research projects which examine issues related to ‘security’ and help to strengthen ties between researchers based in the UK and Canada.

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the awards follow a Knowledge Frontiers Symposium held by the British Academy and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in December 2020. The symposium brought together early-career researchers from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, to explore the issues of security and insecurity.

The British Academy’s grants serve to highlight the importance of collaborative engagement between disciplines, between nations and between communities of research, practice and policy.

Dr Low is leading the ‘Researching the felt and lived experiences of in/security: a methodological exchange’ project, and is part of the research team on ‘The vulnerability studies network’ project.  She will work together with research collaborators from a range of institutions including Dr Daniela Lai (Royal Holloway), Dr Zalfa Feghali (University of Leicester), Dr Hilary Evans Cameron (Ryerson University), Dr Mara Oliva (University of Reading), Dr Dan Horner (Ryerson University), Dr Susanne Hofmann (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Dr Charlotta Salmi (Queen Mary).

Professor Simon Goldhill, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the British Academy, commented:

The British Academy is delighted to strengthen its ties with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. At a time when many researchers feel extraordinarily isolated, these grants will help to forge new and hopefully long-lasting international connections. They will also help to foster research talent in the UK and Canada to examine experiences of security, and how security can be and has been conceptualised, represented, lived and addressed.


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