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Grants

1. Project Title: Privatisation and Mortality in Post-Communism: A Multi-Level Indirect Demographic Analysis

Principal Investigator: Larry King

Funder: EC FP7 (ERC Advanced Investigator)

Project Start – End Dates: 01 September 2011 – 31 August 2016

This study proposes a new methodology for studying the impact of economic policies on public health, and in so doing advances an emerging new research tradition that the researchers call the Political Economy of Public Health.

2. Project Title: IVF History

Principal Investigator: Sarah Franklin

Funder: The British Academy

Project Start – End Dates: 01 May 2012 - 06 May 2022

This project explores the history of IVF using archival and interview sources, as well as through analysis of media representations and ethical debate. The aim is to provide a historical sociology of IVF as a human tool.

3. Project Title: The Political Economy of Adjustment: IMF Conditionality, 1987-2012

Principal Investigator: Larry King

Funder: Institute for New Economic Thinking

Project Start – End Dates: 01 January 2013 - 31 December 2014

This project will create a systematic and publically available database of macroeconomic and structural conditions in all IMF loan agreements signed after 1986. The database will provide detailed information on the conditions included in loans and their implementation. The aim is to provide a new resource for scholars that will enable nuanced explanations of the economic, social and political implications of IMF conditionality.

4. Project Title: INTERCO: International Cooperation in the SSH: Comparative Socio-Historical Perspectives and Future Possibilities

Principal Investigator: Patrick Baert

Funder: EC FP7 (Collaborative Project)

Project Start – End Dates: 01 March 2013 - 28 Feb 2017

The INTERCO project sets out, firstly, to assess the state of the SSH in Europe. Secondly, it aims to outline future potential pathways that would promote cooperation across disciplinary and national boundaries. To achieve this, the project will study the SSH in their socio-historical context.

5. Project Title: The Digital Revolution in Publishing

Principal Investigator: John Thompson

Funder: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Project Start – End Dates: 01 April 2013 – 31 March 2016

This project aims to provide an in-depth account of the how the book publishing industry is being transformed by the digital revolution, analysing this process as it occurs and drawing out its broader implications.

6. Project Title: The Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change (Subcultures Network)

Principal Investigator: Peter Webb

Funder: AHRC

Project Start – End Dates: 01 August 2013 – 31 July 2015

Dr Webb is responsible for one strand of this project. The strand is called Riotous Youth and looks at the history of UK riots of the 1980s and compares them to the recent riots in London. It also looks at the representation of riots through popular music its lyrics and aesthetics

7. Project Title: Through a Looking Glass: A Sociology of UK IVF in the Late-Twentieth Century

Principal Investigator: Sarah Franklin

Funder: The Wellcome Trust

Project Start – End Dates: 01 October 2013 – 30 September 2017

This project aims to chart the emergence of clinical IVF in the UK during a distinctive era of basic scientific investigation of mammalian developmental biology. Drawing on interviews with many of the key players involved in IVFs translation into clinical practice, and supplementing these with a range of other sources, the research explores how the introduction of IVF was navigated, and what can be learned from this unusual case of rapid technological change affecting the basic mechanisms of human reproduction.

8. IVF Cultures and Histories

Principal Investigator: Sarah Franklin

Funder: ESRC

Project Start – End Dates: 01 September 2013 – 31 August 2015

This seminar series proposes to host an extended discussion of 'IVF Cultures and Histories' focussing on the interrelation of three main themes: its technological development and visual emergence as an iconic twentieth century technology, the interface between IVF and the media (particularly in its crucial transition stage from experimental technique into clinical practice, 1970-80), and its role as an 'ethical crucible' through which a new 'social contract' was forged between innovative research science and public morality in the late-twentieth century.

9. The Human & Social Costs of Economic Crisis

Principal Investigator: Manuel Castells and John Thompson

Funder: The Balzan Foundation

Project Start – End Dates: 01 January 2014 – 28 February 2016

This project will explore the ways in which individuals and groups in different parts of Europe live through and experience the economic crisis, how it affects them and how they respond to it, both at the level of feelings, emotions and forms of suffering and in terms of practices and types of collective action. It will take a bottom-up approach, studying in a close, ethnographic way the daily lives of ordinary individuals in carefully selected regions of Europe.

10. MYWeB: Measuring Youth Well-Being

Principal Investigator: Maria Iacovou

Funder: EC FP7 (Project led by the University of Essex)

Project Start – End Dates: 03 February 2014 – 31 August 2016

MYWeB takes a balanced approach to assessing the feasibility of a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People (ELSCYP) through prioritising both scientific and policy imperatives. The MYWeB consortium contains researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and provides expertise in the areas of children and young people's well-being, childhood care; education; the environment in which a child grows up, childhood/youth work and leisure and participation.

11. Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability

Principal Investigator: Ella McPherson

Funder: ESRC

Project Start – End Dates: 17 March 2014 – 16 February 2017

This research project's central aim is to critically understand the potential of social media for the pursuit of governmental accountability - a cornerstone of democracy - at human rights NGOS. These NGOs are increasingly jumping on the social media bandwagon to connect and share information with the vital constellation of stakeholders concerned with mitigating human rights violations: policymakers, publics, and the mainstream media. Yet, according to initial conversations with NGOs as background to this research, the value of these social media networks is unclear, and engaging in them diverts precious resources from other human rights work.

12. The Political Economy of Suicide in India

Principal Investigator: Jonathan Kennedy

Funder: Philomathia

Project Start – End Dates: Apr-14 -31-Dec-14

13. SurrogARTs - Assisted reproduction beyond the nation state and nuclear family?

Principal Investigator: Marcin Smietana

Funder: Marie Curie IOF

Project Start – End Dates: Oct-14 – 28-Mar-17

The project aims to examine the experiences, meanings and practices of negotiating relatedness in European gay father families created through surrogacy and egg donation in the UK and, transnationally, in the US. The study of the under-researched and developing phenomenon of surrogacy seeks to identify how reproduction or subversion of mainstream family models by Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ARTs) is shaped by four factors: (a) genetic links between parents and children, (b) participation of more than two parents in the conception of the child, (c) intersected gender and sexuality of the parents, (d) social determinants such as class, race, nationality and bio-political institutions in the transnational context. The comparative framework of the US- and UK-based fieldwork enables comparison between the former free market of ARTs and the latter more regulated one.

14. Counting Sperm: A social history of quantification, standardization, validation and translation 1960 to the present

Principal Investigator: Liberty Barnes

Funder: ESRC/Isaac Newton Trust

Project Start – End Dates: Oct-14 – 30-Sep-17

At the turn of the twentieth century scientists began developing methods for counting sperm in order to better understand male fertility. In 1980 the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted 20 million sperm as the "gold standard" for a healthy sperm count, a figure believed to predict a man's fertility. In 1992 researchers in Denmark published findings that sperm count levels were dropping internationally. Since then, the WHO lowered the "gold standard" to 15 million sperm, and for the past two decades scientists and medical practitioners have debated the validity of historical sperm count data used as evidence of sperm count decline.

15. Family trajectories and young adults' transitions into home ownership

Principal Investigator: Rory Coulter

Funder: ESRC

Project Start – End Dates: Nov-14 – 31-Oct-17

In the latter half of my project I will be using the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) to analyse young adults' transitions to homeownership in Australia, Germany, the UK and US. CNEF contains harmonised data from these countries' national panel surveys. To successfully conduct these internationally comparative analyses I have arranged to collaborate with researchers in the US (Professor WAV Clark at UCLA) and Europe (Dr C Dewilde at Tilburg University). These collaborators will advise, guide and assist my internationally comparative research. This will enable me to harness their deep experience of working with non-British panel survey data, as well as their knowledge about the Australian, US and German national contexts. Professor Clark is a renowned expert on Anglophone housing systems and has published extensively using PSID and HILDA, while Dr Dewilde heads a research team with considerable experience of working with GSOEP.

16. The Digital Whistleblower: Fiscal Transparency, risk assesment and impact of good governance policies assessed

Principal Investigator: Larry King/Mihaly Fazekas

Funder: EC Horizon 2020 (Innovation Action)

Project Start – End Dates: Jan-15 – 31-Dec-17

Increasing both transparency and efficiency of public spending in the age of austerity presents formidable challenges for European societies. Innovative, open data tools hold the key to simultaneously meet both. The key objective of the proposed project is to combine the provision of data on public spending in the area of public procurement with actionable governance indicators and a monitoring procedure facilitating whistleblowing and thus strengthening accountability and transparency of public administrations.