Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Funding Call – Third Round

This call is now closed
Internal Call - LSE applicants only

Following the successful first (seed) and second (project) funding rounds, the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across the LSE community to participate in the Third Round funding call under its ‘IGA-Rockefeller Research and Impact Fund’.

This round is again supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and invites proposals for projects under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. This third round call is open to all, and is not only restricted to applicants to the first or second rounds.

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 the general theme of global governance of resilience. What kind of governance arrangements are best suited to build and sustain resilience? How should public institutions at different levels allocate responsibilities among themselves? How can different institutions at the same level coordinate their activities? How can the public and private sector institutions and civil society cooperate to strengthen resilience?  

We welcome proposals for governance under the four subthemes worked out in agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation - financial resilience, climate resilience, resilient cities and resilience in post-conflict transitional processes – but we also encourage applicants to combine two, three or even conceivably all four of the themes. Even more general global governance topics are welcome. Colleagues are free to choose which aspect or perspective they focus on as this scheme is intended to encourage the widest possible participation of colleagues from across the School.

Academic quality (originality, significance and rigour) is the primary criterion for assessing proposals, but we will give additional credit to projects that (no single proposal is likely to meet all these criteria):

  • 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 £140k is available for this third round call. The final distribution of these funds will be contingent upon applications received, however, we could envision awarding one larger grant or several smaller ones. 
  • Projects should be for up to 12 months in duration and may commence at the earliest 1st October 2018.
  • Please download and complete the application form which should be submitted to Keith Tritton ( by c.o.b 20th August 2018

Application form

  • Applications for the third round should not exceed 5 pages and outline (1) the research topic, (2) how the research is to be conducted and expected outcomes, including broader non-academic impact, and (3) include an approximate budget and timeline.
  • 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.
  • We aim to inform successful applicants of outcomes in early-September 2018.
  • This internal call is open to LSE applicants only. 


Nine projects commencing throughout 2017 for a period of up to 36 months were supported. Further information on each project can be found below.

Deconstructing Notions of Resilience

This research will explore how people negotiate and experience and understand their own coping strategies and resilience, as well as their perceptions of how external forces and interventions contribute or detract from these. Drawing upon historical and anthropological approaches, extensive fieldwork will be undertaken in three post-conflict settings in Uganda: pastoralist Karamoja; areas affected by the LRA insurgency; and West Nile, which hosts and has hosted multiple waves of refugees from South Sudan.

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.

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.

Challenging urban decline narratives: enhancing community 

Our overall goal is to develop an innovative synthesis of both political economy and narrative approaches to resilience and to use this to understand different urban areas in England; namely estuary/coastal towns (Brighton and Margate) and ex-industrial towns (Oldham and Stockport). Crucially we will use a multi-method approach to explore how these towns have responded and adapted to their respective economic challenges and whether their relations to larger urban centres has enhanced or undermined their resilience.

Our core questions will be: How and why have these towns responded differently to broader economic and social changes? What are the political barriers and opportunities to fostering resilience in these four case studies? How have local communities demonstrated resilience and what challenges do they face? What kind of narrative strategies can be used by local populations to develop resilience? How have political and economic relations between these towns and proximate urban centres (i.e., London and Manchester) enhanced or undermined their resilience to these changes?

Our academic partners include the New Economics Foundation, the Young Foundation, and Debbie Abrahams MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions). Key outputs will include a seminar series, 6 academic papers, and an edited collection.

Financial Resilience of Integrating Emerging Economies

This project analyses financial resilience of emerging economies in response to post-crisis policy responses by investigating cross-border financial and regulatory interconnections between advanced and emerging economies. Based on the evidence we find, we assess financial resilience of key emerging economies and propose measures to strengthen resilience.

Pathways to Resilience’: the role of an urban diaspora in post-conflict reconstruction, London and Hargeisa, 1991 to the present day

This project investigates the role of the Somali diaspora in building frameworks of social, political and financial resilience in a post-conflict urban environment. It case-studies the diasporic relationship between London and Hargeisa, capital of the unrecognised state of Somaliland, since civil war ended in 1991.

Resilient communities, resilient cities? Digital makings of the city of refuge

This project investigates the role of digital communication in supporting resilient urban communities, especially in response to sudden and/or unwelcome change resulting from refugee arrivals. Most research on digital communication and resilience engages with digital investment for economic growth, urban planning and transparent politics. Yet, urban dwellers’ responses to such initiatives remain largely ignored.

Evaluating the Resilience Impact of Climate Insurance (ERICI)

From summer 2017-2020, the ERICI project at the Grantham Research Institute (GRI) will work alongside the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and in contact with the G7’InsuResilience to develop demand-led resilience metrics that can be used for evaluation of insurance schemes. An important part of this work will be focusing on the added value of subjective approaches to resilience assessment, alongside the more traditional objective measures. We are specifically interested in the added value that subjective measures of resilience can bring to our existing understanding of resilience, its relationship to well-being, and our ability to monitor changes in resilience in response to insurance interventions at the micro-level.  

Universities as knowledge brokers in the governance of climate resilience

Effective governance for climate resilience requires a knowledge translation (KT) system with capacities to inform and prepare key decision makers across government, business and civil society. This project will critically examine the actual and potential role of universities as ‘knowledge brokers’ in the production, use and translation of knowledge among different actors currently involved in climate resilience.