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Current and Previous Pilot Projects

Social Science Plus is the Collaborative Social Science Domain's funding scheme that supports UCL social science led pilot project that will lay the basis for a high quality, competitive, major (minimum £250,000), cross-disciplinary, research funding application. The projects that we have supported to date are detailed below.  Click on the 'further details' links for project plans and outcomes reports.

Pilot Projects Funded in 2018-19
Our 2018-19 projects have been supported with generous funding from UCL Institute of Education and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research)

The Social and Physical Settings of Ethnic Hate Crime
Ethnic hate crime has increased drastically in recent years. To 1 explain, and prevent, these offences, previous research has concentrated largely on perpetrators - who commits hate crime and why?- as well as victims' experiences. Little is known, however, about the places where hate crime occurs. Advancing the literature, this project seek to investigate social and physical settings of ethnic hate crime to conclude where crime prevention should be focused. In this pilot study, we assess specifically where bystanders are (least) likely to intervene in ethnic hate crime. Further details

The role of gender equity in the conservation outcomes of natural resource management
This project asks: how does enhanced gender equity affect conservation outcomes in natural resource management (NRM) projects? We aim to advance understandings of: 1) the relationship between societal gender equality and environmental conservation and the trade-offs involved; 2) the mechanisms through which aspects of gender equity and inequity may influence conservation effectiveness; 3) the factors enabling: the meaningful participation of women in NRM, recognition of women's knowledge, and equitable distribution of costs and benefits; and 4) the role of men's and wider societal perceptions and behaviour in influencing equity.  Further details

Pilot Projects Funded in 2017-18

Digital Touch Emoticons: Development, Effectiveness and Usability
Digital Touch Emoticons will bring together experts on touch from social science, neuroscience and computer science with the aim to understand how affective touch can be digitally-mediated to enhance social communication and positive social feedback. The project will use methods from these three disciplines to generate a prototype design and explore how a device for digital touch communication could be best commercialized in the near future. Further Details

The Implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Victims of Gender-Based Domestic Violence and Abuse (G-IoT)
An increasing number of household devices are now "smart" in that they contain sensors, record activity, and share and store data - from teddy bears, door locks to smart TVs. However, little research exists on the gender-based implications such devices have in the context of the domestic household and, specifically, intimate controlling behaviour like gender-based violence and abuse. Further details

  • Pilot Project Funded in 2016-17

Can the Amazon Echo be used in the home to help those living with dementia?
This project explored the use of the Amazon Echo by those living with dementia; aiming to increase independence and wellbeing by providing simplified access to entertainment, diaries and knowledge, whilst also acting as a means for data collection for the monitoring of disease progression. Further details