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Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Funding Call - Second Round

This call is now closed for applications

The Institute of Global affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across the LSE to participate in the Second Round funding call under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’. This round is again supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and invites proposals for projects under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. This second round call is open to all and is not restricted only to successful applicants from the first round.

By “resilience” we mean “the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events – both natural and manmade – and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger”.

Under this broad theme we encourage submissions within four subthemes worked out in agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation: financial resilience, climate resilience, resilient cities and resilience in post-conflict transitional processes. We welcome ideas for projects under an individual theme or a combination of themes. Even though we would like to cover all four themes, the selection will be based on the criteria specified below.

The principal criteria for assessing applications is academic quality (originality, significance and rigour), but we will give additional consideration to projects that:

  • involve two or more disciplines;
  • involve two or more world regions;
  • engage in collaborations with local academic and/or policy institutions;
  • make explicit how the research will have broader impact (in the sense used by the 2014 Research Evaluation Framework);
  • demonstrate how innovative approaches will be used to engage stakeholders in all aspects of the research, not only as end users.

Call Specification

  • Up to £1.5m is available for this second round call. We envisage supporting projects with a value of c. £60k to £300k.
  • Projects should be for a maximum 36 months in duration and may commence any time from 1st January 2017.
  • The call has closed for applications.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by an awards panel endorsed by the Pro-Director for Research. The School’s ethics policy and financial regulations should be adhered to including IPR policy if non-academic stakeholders are involved.
  • Update: We aim to inform successful applicants of outcomes not later than 21st December 2016.


Hybrid Justice

The Hybrid Justice project analyses the impact of ‘hybrid’ domestic-international criminal justice mechanisms in post-conflict and transitioning states. These courts and tribunals feature varying combinations of domestic and international staff, operative law, structure, financing and rules of procedure. Early hybrids were established in East Timor, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Bosnia and for Lebanon, before the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was expected to make hybrid mechanisms redundant. Further information here.

Resilience Mechanisms to Gender Identity Crisis and the Link to Radicalisation

By war in Syria, respectively 650,000 and 1 million Syrian refugees have been displaced in Jordan and Lebanon and have been living in vulnerable socio-economic circumstances. Literature on gender differentiated coping mechanisms undertaken by Syrian refugees provides evidence of the reconfiguration of gender, in which the women act as the primary family provider whilst the men are mostly jobless. This research will explore how gender reconfiguration, as a means of resilience, may create a crisis of gender identity. The research will also examine the link between the gender identity crisis and the return to religion as a means of resilience. Further information here.