UCL Grand Challenges


Dynamics of Globalisation funding announced

29 October 2018

Following the Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding's recent call for proposals addressing the theme, Dynamics of Globalisation, the successful applicants have now been announced.

In the first of this academic year's Grand Challenges special initiatives, the Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding recently invited proposals addressing the theme of Dynamics of Globalisation.

The processes of circulation of people, objects, ideas and capital subsumed under the term ‘globalisation’ are not new. Globalisation has long presented many challenges and opportunities to societies, communities and economies around the world with the increased flow of peoples across national boundaries, the free movement of capital, and the exponential growth of global communication technologies. The late 20th-century excitement over the multiple transformations made possible by accelerated circulation has given way to concern over concomitant processes of withdrawal. Globalisation seems to produce friction as much as flow: local and regional identities are being revived, states are attempting to reassert their sovereignty by controlling the movement of people and goods, and everywhere the ability of global capitalism to improve lives is being questioned. It can be argued that recent political events such as the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, and the rise of populism across Europe are direct consequences of the impact of globalisation. Ideologies of ‘purity’ are gaining traction in the face of radical uncertainty.

GCCU's Dyamics of Globalisation initiative therefore aims to facilitate and encourage cross-disciplinary discussion and interdisciplinary scholarship to shed light on how the processes of globalisation interact, and on how we may improve our ability to live with difference in meaningful and sustainable ways.

The initiative generated significant interest, with applications to a value of £33,910 received from researchers drawn from across UCL. Seven awards have now been made to a value of over £19.3k for the work of seven pairs of applicants. The full list of awards made under the initiative is detailed below.

Reports on the research and outcomes of their work will be included on the Grand Challenges website and blog in due course. We look forward to sharing the findings and impacts from each of the projects.

Activity1st Applicant2nd ApplicantExternal partnersAmount Awarded
The Future of Residential Interrelationship in the UK: The case study of the Israeli and the Iranian communitiesDr Anahid BasiriDr Shlomit FlintWest Finchley Residents' Association £2500
Social Networks, Social Media: Digital collecting and anthropologies of the archive in VanuatuProfessor Haidy GeismarDr Andrew FlinnVasternorrlands Museum£2500
Exploring the Dynamics of Globalisation in Coastal Communities: Identifying new theories and methods of researching youth attitudes towards mobility and migrationDr Avril KeatingProfessor Claire Cameron £2417.42
Speculating on the Global City: Canary Wharf and new imaginaries of contemporary LondonDr Aris Komporozos-AthanasiouDr Andrew HarrisMr Dan Hancox£2452.40
World Form? Latin American cultural magazines in a global circuitDr Claire LindseyDr Maria Chiara D'Argenio £2500
Data Science and Digital Cultural Heritage: facilitating new connections between the disciplines and professions that can transform the Global Data ContextDr Julianne NyhanDr Tessa HauswedellThe Alan Turing Institute£2250
Globalisation and Inter-ethnic Trust in Post-Socialist Madedonia: A preliminary investigationDr Luca UbertiDr Jan Germen JanmaatOrganisation & Entrepreneurship of Burgundy Business School, Dijon France£2199