White Rose institutions: University of Leeds and University of Sheffield
Other institutions: Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (ES), Politecnico di Milano (IT), Freie Universitaet Berlin (DE), Universidad de Buenos Aires (AR), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (CO)
Lead researchers: Dr Michael Janoschka, University of Leeds and Dr Philipp Horn, University of Sheffield .
A team of researchers from 19 different global research institutions has been successful in securing €2.4m of funding on the theme Contested Territory. The funding, provided by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project will enable more than 120 research exchanges to take place over the next two years.
The overall objective of the research exchange project is to form an international cross-disciplinary network of researchers from across Europe and Latin America. CONTESTED TERRITORIES demonstrate diverging ideas about how inclusive habitat should be produced and managed and how civic engagement may be channeled into more sustainable development practices. This can prove to be a challenge for policy makers, practitioners and citizens alike. Working with local communities in Latin American countries, the new network will learn how the communities shape, negotiate, imagine and collaboratively manage territories in areas which are contested and with uneven power relations.
The Contested Territories project will make an important contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development agenda and provide opportunities for academic and non-academic participants to work together to actively shape policy and practice for the development of contested territories. It is anticipated that significant benefits will be generated for Latin American countries with transferable outcomes for European countries.
The project aims to develop new and lasting research collaborations, achieve the transfer of knowledge between participating organisations and contribute to improving research and innovation potential at European and global levels.
Interest in seeking funding for future projects was developed as part of the White Rose Collaboration Fund project Contested Territories through a series of interactive workshops.
Read the full abstract here Contested Territories abstract