Dr Erin McFee has been awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship (worth £970,000 over four years) will see Dr McFee join LSE's Latin America and Caribbean Centire in January 2021 to deliver the project “Trust after Betrayal: Global development interventions in the shadow of organised violence”.
The URKI Future Leaders Fellowship programme is a £900 million fund designed to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across UK business and academia. It supports early career researchers with outstanding potential to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation and develop their own careers.
The project addresses the issue of interpersonal trust in the domain of global development interventions that unfold against the backdrop of organised violence. Dr McFee tackles the near absence of academic and practitioner attention to this topic by weaving together expertise in organisational and behavioural studies with ethnographic knowledge of war, post-war, and non-war violent contexts. The research will be carried out in Latin America, due to the persistent high levels of organised violence in the region. Its findings will have implications at the global level for violence-affected populations, intervention agencies, and donor communities.
Professor Gareth Jones, Director of LACC, commented “This grant is a wonderful personal achievement for Erin and we are excited to have her join the Centre. The award will build upon the Centre’s programme of research on violence, security and peace-building, and will strengthen collaborations with communities of research and practice in the region”.