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First awards made under new International Research Partnerships and Network Fund

Sussex Research and the International Office have made two awards under a new International Research Partnerships and Network Fund.

The new initiative, financed by the University’s International Partnership Development Fund, was designed to enable University Research Centres to develop and enhance international strategic partnerships and networks that facilitate sustainable research programmes.

The first round of the competition received four bids, which were reviewed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Director of Interdisciplinary Research, Director of Research and Enterprise, and the Assistant Head of International Liaison.

Vicky Shaw, Assistant Head of International Liaison, said, "The two successful applications demonstrate how strategic relationships with international partners can facilitate original strands of research enquiry, at the same time as boosting the international reputation of the centre and opening up opportunities to enable impact."

International Research Partnership and Network Fund awards were made to:

European / South East Asian Research Network on Migration

This Sussex-Mahidol research partnership aims to develop new research on migration flows between Europe and South East Asia with a focus on a) care, wellbeing and retirement and b) marriage, sex tourism and cultural interaction.

It is led by Paul Statham, Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) and a Deputy Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW), in collaboration with the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) and Mahidol Migration Center (MMC) at Mahidol University,Thailand.

Paris as an American City

A new research network, comprising US, French, and UK collaborators, will explore why Paris drew Americans across the literary, arts, business and political spheres in the 20th century.

Outputs will include a poetry reading and seminar series; lectures at Sussex, contributions to exhibitions at the Musée Franco-Américain at Blérancourt; and open-access publications on Stanford’s Arcade website

It will be led by Daniel Kane, Director of the Sussex Centre for American StudiesKatharina Rietzler (HAHP), and Natalia Cecire (School of English).


It is anticipated that a second call for proposals will be launched in March, with a June 2015 deadline. Information will be posted on the Sussex Research website.

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By: Carly Brownbridge
Last updated: Friday, 20 February 2015