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News New grant awarded to researchers from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

4 May 2023

Researchers from across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences awarded seed grants for cross-disciplinary project

The Scotland Hub of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network has awarded a total of £37,478.65 in seed grants to 12 projects, representing 29 researchers from across Scotland. The hub received 50 very strong applications and awarded grants to projects that demonstrated the potential to create new research partnerships and support the career development of early career researchers. 

Applicants were encouraged to create projects that are interdisciplinary and/or inter-institutional; and/or that include researchers outside of higher education institutions, such as independent scholars and those in Independent Research Organizations (IROs). 

Among the successful projects is "Big projects, little community benefit? How low carbon pilot projects help to tackle fuel and transport poverty in island communities" developed by a team of researchers from the University of Strathclyde: Dr Christian Calvillo Munoz from the Centre for Energy Policy, Dr Liliana Fonseca from the European Policies Research Centre, and Dr Tanja Mueller from the Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.

This interdisciplinary project aims to examine the effectiveness of existing government-funded projects that support a just transition to low carbon heat and mobility in Orkney. It will analyse community perception and engagement, lessons learned, and best practices. It also addresses questions about the translatable benefits on communities in a context of increased cost of living and relates to post-Brexit debates as Orkney has significantly relied on EU funds, especially in regards to its energy transition of vulnerable island communities and on potential gaps between policy and practice.

Key contacts: Liliana Fonseca (; Christian Calvillo (
Key dates: project runs for 3 months from March to June, with one month after the end of June to submit report
Relevant URLs: 
Contact at British Academy ECR Scotland Hub: Robyne Calvert (