Recent grant success

'Disasters, Everyday life and Ecosystem services and well-being in Bangladesh'
Neil Adger and Helen Adams have secured a grant of £100k to host a Capacity Building Fellowship for Dr Md Nadiruzzaman at Exeter in conjunction with their ESPA Deltas project on ecosystem services and well-being in Bangladesh. Nadir will research Disasters, Everyday life and Ecosystem Services in Bangladesh, using mixed methods and building on his previous research in southern coastal areas affected by cyclones in 2007 and 2009. Nadir will be based in Exeter for two years from 1st July. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the Independent University of Bangladesh and previously obtained his PhD in human geography from Durham.

'The 2013/14 Winter Floods and Policy Change: The dynamics of change in the aftermath of major crises'
Catherine Butler (HASS Advanced Fellow) has been awarded #200k from the ESRC under an Urgent Grant award to study the impact of the winter floods. The team includes Neil Adger, Saffron O'Neill and Louisa Evans as co-Is. The project is 'The 2013/14 Winter Floods and Policy Change: The dynamics of change in the aftermath of major crises' and will study how lay public, interest groups and policy stakeholders derive a solution to flooding following the winter crisis, with empirical work in Somerset. The research design uses multiple methods, including quantitative household repeat surveys of 500 flooded and unflooded households and qualitative visual methods over the incoming year.

'The Urbanisation of Responsibility'
Clive Barnett has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to run for 2 years from September 2014.

'Mobility and Domestic Violence in Rural Communities'
Jo Little has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to run for 1 year from September 2014.

‘The Amazon Fertilisation Experiment (AFEX)’
Hartley (PI), Lina M and Luiz A have been awarded funding from NERC for a 4.5 year project. The award is worth £610k to Exeter, and will start summer 2014.

Modelling how sediment suspension controls the morphology and evolution of sand-bed rivers’
(PI) has been awarded funding from NERC for a 3 year project. is lead institution with collaborators at Birmingham, Brighton, Hull, Illinois and HR Wallingford. The award is for £740, with £300k coming to Exeter.

We have had a number of awards made through the last NERC radiocarbon dating committee including:

  • 'Climatic, microtopographic and permafrost controls on peatland carbon accummulation rates' - Dan Charman, Iain Hartley, Sanderson, £16,820
  • 'The development and evolution of atoll rim reef islands, Huvadhu Atoll, Maldives' - Chris Perry/East, £10,440
  • 'Inner-shelf reef growth and future trajectories of reef geomorphic change' - Chris Perry, Morgan, £23,780

'Analysis of historic drought and water scarcity in the UK: a systems-based study of drivers, impacts and their interactions'
Stewart Barr has been awarded £166,557 from NERC
This grant is the Exeter component of a broader project led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology that aims to re-construct past drought events and will use oral histories from across the UK to examine the social practices that develop during drought events.

‘Co-producing Flood Knowledges: a catchment based approach’
Stewart Barr and Ewan Woodley. £5,167 from Exmoor National Park Authority: ‘Co-producing Flood Knowledges: a catchment based approach’. The project aims to use a deliberative approach to identify different (and contested) knowledges about flood events in and around Dulverton, Exmoor. It is designed to enable community stakeholders to explore the ways in which they can promote resilience to flooding in the future within the context of anthropogenic climate change.

Public Engagement Champions as part of the University’s Catalyst Public Engagement project
Ewan Woodley and Stewart Barr have been successful in their application to be Public Engagement Champions as part of the University’s Catalyst Public Engagement project, led by Professor Nick Talbot.  They will be exploring the ways in which learning and teaching in Geography can be used to engage a broad range of publics in the region and how this can be linked to employability and research agendas in the discipline. They will be running a series of workshop events in the coming year, alongside an audit of learning and teaching activities that engage publics within and beyond Geography.

COST Action ES1306: Connecting European connectivity research
Richard Brazier has been funded as part of an EU consortium to undertake a FP7 project as member of the Management Committee and Steering Group. The program will run for the next 4 years and aims to establish connectivity, currently integral to a range of disciplines including Hydrology, Soil Science, Geomorphology and Ecology, as a research paradigm in itself.  The grant will fund member of all EU states to workshop/network under 5 working groups: WG1 Theoretical development, WG2 Measuring Approaches (Brazier, Chair), WG3 Modelling Approaches, WG4 Indices and Scaling, and WG5 Transition of connectivity research towards sustainable land and water management.

'Permafrost methane emissions'
Iain Hartley has been awarded £148k through the NERC Arctic Research Programme for additional work through his CYCLOPS project

'Ludic Geopolitics: children's play, war toys and re-enchantment with the British military'
ESRC grant awards to Sean Carter. The overall project is led by Dr Tara Woodyer from Portsmouth University. The V & A Museum of Childhood are project partners, and the advisory board has members from the Royal United Services Institute, Rutgers University, the Royal Armouries Museum, and the UK Defence Academy. The grant is for £494,000 of which £213,000 is Exeter based.

'Doing TB differently: Generating a workable TB policy during an acute episode within a chronic countryside conflict'
ESRC grant awarded to Steve Hinchliffe,  Clare Saunders (PI) and Robbie McDonald (ESI). £200,000

'Contagion'
ESRC Transforming Social Science award to support Steve Hincliffe (PI), Clive Sabel and Sam Kinsley to work with the University of Kentucky, AHVLA and others on contagions within social media, bio-social and financial domains. £250,000.

Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services
NERC-ESRC-DfID Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme grant to Kate Brown and Chris Perry (in collaboration with Tim Daw, Stockholm Resilience Institute). ~£800,000 (overall £2M grant that will combine biophysical measures of reef and mangrove ecosystem health at sites in Kenya and Mozambique, with socio-economic assessments to assess the goods and services that flow to communities from these environments.), 2013-2016

Carbonate sediment production by marine fish: quantifying production across carbonate provinces and applications to global marine carbonate modelling.
NERC Grant to Chris Perry (with Exeter Biosciences, and project partners U. Bremen, U. Queensland, U. Tasmania, Met Office, Cefas). £577,110, 2013-2017

Beyond Greenspace: linking ecological, socioeconomic and health data to deepen our understanding of relationships between nature, health and wellbeing.
ESRC grant to Clive Sable, in collaboration with ECEHH, Exeter Medical School. £157,976. 2012-2014

Unpacking the Household: understanding the domestic dynamics of recycling.
Coca Cola Enterprises grant to Stewart Barr. £146,070. 2012-2013. 

‘STELAR-S2S’ (Sediment Transfer and Erosion on Large Alluvial Rivers: Source to Sink)
NERC grant to Rolf Aalto and Andrew Nicholas (collaborative with Southampton and Hull). Iinternational partners: Universities of Washington, Illinois, the Office of Naval Research and Stroud Water Center in the United States, Aalto University in Finland, Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research in Vietnam, and WWF-Greater Mekong. Total project funding >£1 million. 2012-2015.

Exploring the hidden shallows: inner-shelf reef growth and future trajectories of reef geomorphic change
NERC grant to Chris Perry (collaborative with Natural History Museum, London, and James Cook University). £521,820. 2012-2015.

Methane emissions in permafrost environments.
DECC and NERC extension grant to Iain Hartley. £52,803 2012-2013

Developing unmanned airborne platforms for surveying catchment hydrological dynamics.
Technology Strategy Board Water Security grant to Karen Anderson and Richard Brazier. 2012-2014

Disparities in asylum appeal success rates at different courts around the UK using ethnography, interviewing and statistical analysis.
ESRC grant to Nick Gill. £559,000. 2013-2016.

Social Science and Animal Welfare
DEFRA Research Fellowship to Henry Buller. £24,000. 2012-2013.