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UCL Research Challenges winners announced

15 September 2009

The cultural history of the moving image and the unintended consequences of counter-terrorism measures are among the diverse winning subjects of UCL's 2009 Research Challenges competition.

UCL Research Challenges is a unique scheme that asks everyone in the UCL community - staff, students and alumni - for their ideas about new areas for research, and then awards funds totalling £50,000 to help kick-start research projects focusing on those areas. This year's winners are:

  • Maria Kett, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre: "Security and Inclusion for People with Disabilities during Disasters" £4,500
  • Lee Grieveson, UCL Centre for Intercultural Studies: "The Film Studies Space: A Research Centre for the Cultural History of the Moving Image" £10,000
  • David McCoy, UCL Centre for International Health and Development: "Global Governance and Health - Studying and Engaging the Public to Capacitate the World Health Organization" £9.000
  • David Coen, UCL School of Public Policy: "Post-Crisis Governance Agenda" £6,000
  • Noemie Bouhana, Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science: "The Unintended Consequences of Counter-Terrorism Measures" £7,500
  • Pablo Mateos, UCL Geography: "UCL Migration Network" £8,000
  • Yves Cabannes, UCL Development Planning Unit: "How to achieve food security in London through urban agriculture." £5,000

Chair of the 2009 competition Professor Jo Wolff (UCL Philosophy) said: "The Research Challenges Board would like to extend its congratulations to all the winners this year, and we look forward to watching their progress. 

"This is the third and final year of the Research Challenges scheme, which has been funded by the Provost's Strategic Development Fund. Over the three years we have funded 18 seed projects, with a total value of £150,000. Many of these are still in progress, several having found further funding from other sources.

It has been fantastic to see the range and quality of the collaborative work that the competition has stimulated, and the members of the Board have been delighted to have been able to play their part in helping to develop UCL's superb cross-disciplinary research."

Previous projects have included a London language database covering the 232 languages in use in the capital and an Open Source Spatial Modelling Platform for Integrated Water Resource Management.

To find out more about this year's competition and previous winners go to the link below:


UCL context
UCL Research Challenges look at themes that address major contemporary research needs, draw on UCL's multi-disciplinary strengths and have the potential to become major areas of research.

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