The KNOW programme is pleased to announce the first awards made by the KNOW Small Grants Fund. The Fund was set up to support scholars at UK universities, policy research institutions, and NGOs with a research portfolio to travel to KNOW partner cities to conduct primary research that relates to the theme of urban equality.
The first call for applications went live in January 2019. From a competitive field of applicants, the Selection Committee selected two projects that resonate closely with the work of our local partners and contribute new perspectives to our understandings of urban equality.
Congratulations to Prof Graeme Were from the University of Bristol and to Pascale Hofmann from UCL; the first cohort of KNOW Small Grants awardees.
Prof Graeme Were’s research will take place in Da Nang, Vietnam. His project, entitled, ‘Exploring Urban Equality and Heritage Livelihoods in the Museum of Da Nang’ will examine how co-production methodologies might be used to better equip museums to promote more equal cities. Graeme will collaborate with museum staff and KNOW city-partners, The Community Engaged Learning Centre, Danang Architecture University (CELC- DAU) (a partner of ACHR in the KNOW programme) to examine issues of inclusion, livelihoods, and heritage in a rapidly changing urban context. Graeme is the Chair of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Bristol. His research interests include museum anthropology, digital heritage, and material culture. He has worked extensively in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.
Pascale Hofmann’s research will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in collaboration with KNOW city-partners, Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) and Ardhi University. Building on Pascale’s previous research on water poverty in the city, her project, entitled, ‘Pathways out of sanitation poverty’, will explore urban sanitation poverty trajectories through time and their significance for urban equality. As part of this work, Pascale will work closely with CCI as they undertake their data collection and analysis within the KNOW project. Pascale is a Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. Her research lies within the field of urban environmental planning and management, drawing on ideas of socio-environmental justice and feminist political ecology.
We are delighted to be able to support these exciting pieces of research. We look forward to engaging with both the awardees on their contribution to KNOW’s multifaceted approach to constructing pathways to urban equality.
The second call for applications for the KNOW Small Grants Fund will be released in autumn 2019.