Recipients of UCL Cities Partnerships Programme Funds 2020/21
29 April 2021
The Cities Partnerships Programme's second round of funding has awarded 15 projects funds for activity in Paris, Rome and Stockholm
In this year’s UCL Cities Partnerships Programme Funds, 15 projects were awarded funding to support UCL’s academic activity with partners based in the city-regions of Rome, Paris and Stockholm.
The funding call is led by the programme's three academic directors – the Academic Director for Rome, Professor Florian Mussgnug, the Academic Director for Paris, Professor Claire Colomb and the Academic Director for Stockholm, Dr Catalina Turcu – and are supported by its board of senior academics and UCL Global Engagement (GE).
The successful projects span a diverse range of research areas, from tuberculosis prevention and vaccine development to sign languages and smart cities.
Many of the recipients are early- and mid-career researchers who hope the funds will help pave the way to further external funding grants. One such researcher, Dr Sudax Murdan (Life Sciences) who received funding to collaborate with colleagues at Université Paris-Saclay, said: “The funds received are enabling us to conduct our first joint experiment! We hope to put the preliminary results in our next grant application, such as to the EU for a Doctoral Training Network, to show that we can work together productively.”
Another of the recipients, Dr Francesco Aletta (Bartlett) who was awarded funding to collaborate with colleagues at Roma Tre University, said: “I am very excited for this opportunity to bring together expertise in different disciplines, such as soundscape, lighting and heritage, and build on this project to boost future collaborations. In a period where travel and mobility are very limited, the Cities Partnerships Programme adjusted to current circumstances and provided us with resources to support workshops and other activities online. I think this is perfectly aligned with UCL’s current ‘remote, not distant’ philosophy: London and Rome are less distant thanks to this scheme!”
The first round of the Cities Partnerships Programme Funds ran last year, and funded UCL projects with partners in Rome in the form of workshops, seminars, lab tours, lectures, podcast recordings and more.
The Cities Partnerships Programme is UCL's flagship programme for regional engagement in Europe. Beginning in Rome, Paris and Stockholm, the programme supports, funds and promotes academic collaborations in research and education with partners in major cities.
Congratulations to all the 2020/21 recipients of the UCL Cities Partnerships Programme Funds:
|Lead UCL applicant
|Title of activity
Dr Yohhei Hamada
Population Health Sciences
Exploring new paradigms in prevention of tuberculosis and other respiratory illnesses in PLHIV
Dr Sudaxshina Murdan
Developing a user-friendly vaccine to prevent Clostridium difficile infection
Professor Adolfo Saiardi
The human genetic of inositol phosphates
Professor Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
Arts & Humanities
NOUS: Nordic Studies UCL-Sorbonne Research Hub and Summer School
Professor Haim Yacobi
Cities in the Middle East: the politics of representation and knowledge production in a globalising world
Dr Francesco Aletta
Influence of soundscapes and lightscapes on cultural heritage perception
Dr James Irving
Antibody-based diagnostics in conformational disease
Dr Michael Short
Developing an intelligent urban density in the time of COVID
Dr Paul Ayris
Arts & Humanities
Rome; Paris; Stockholm
Focus on Open Science Workshops, delivering Open Science policy, practice and solutions
Dr James Kirkbride
UCL-Stockholm training programme in population mental health and pathways to policy impact
Professor Chloe Marshall
Institute of Education
How are sign languages learned as second languages?
Professor Christos Masouros
Integrated sensing and communications for perceptive smart cities
Dr Stanimira Milcheva
Net zero affordable housing – an institutional comparison between Sweden and the UK
Dr Kristine Oleinika
Metabolic reprogramming of B-cell functions in immune-mediated pathology
Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos
Could moral philosophy explain inconsistent findings in eco-psychology?
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