Two successful grant bids

Two valuable projects linked to SPERI’s core research programmes have been awarded large grants.

esrc-130The first project, entitled ‘Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: Towards Decent Work for All’, has been awarded to Dr Genevieve LeBaron as part of the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Networks.

Through the grant, LeBaron and her collaborators will bring together global stakeholders to map the knowledge terrain and co-define an original research agenda around the 8th United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 8). This aims to achieve “decent work for all” through what Target 8.7 describes as “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour” by 2030.

Genevieve is a Co-Investigator on the grant, along with Professors Julia O’Connell Davidson (Bristol), Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University), Joel Quirk (University of the Witwatersrand) and Drs Azfar Khan (International Labour Organization) and Neil Howard (European University Institute). The team will be led by Dr Prabha Kotiswaran of the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London.

n8-130The second project, which is entitled: ‘Towards understanding the relationship between food insecurity, socioeconomic status and obesity in families in Northern England: A strategically important multidisciplinary project’ has ben awarded to Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford as part of a successful application to the N8 Agri-food pump priming scheme.

Led by Dr Emma Boyland (University of Liverpool), the aim of the collaborative project is to establish the fundamental relationships between household food insecurity (HHFiS), socioeconomic status (SES) and obesity in families with primary school aged children in northern England.

The research will involve a quantitative survey-based study across northern England, specifically the north west (Liverpool, Manchester) and north east (Leeds, Sheffield). The work is expected to mark the beginning of further collaborative work in the area. The research team also includes Dr Alison Fildes (University of Leeds) and Dr Samantha Caton, Dr Paul Christiansen and Dr David Taylor-Robinson (all University of Liverpool).