HSS showcases their research in Brazil

A delegation from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) visited Brazilian institutions University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (Unicamp), as the University continues to build its relationships with strategic partners.

Ten representatives from HSS were able to showcase the Faculty’s excellence in research and start developing a plan of action with USP and Unicamp. Initial discussions included a potential Academic English Training programme, interdisciplinary and potentially multipartner research seminars and workshops, and joint funding bids.

The meetings, held on 9-11 March with USP and 12-13 March with Unicamp, focussed on developing research collaborations (particularly for early career researchers) in the areas of Health, Economics, Education Psychology, Social & Policy Sciences and Politics, Languages & International Studies.

The team – including Professor Ian Butler, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences; Dr Kerry Papps Economics; Dr Michalis Stamatogiannis Economics; Dr Santiago Sanchez Education; Dr James Turner Health; Dr Javier Gonzalez Health; Dr Ian Walker Psychology; Professor David Galbreath Politics and Languages & International Studies; Dr Maria Garcia Politics Languages & International Studies; Dr Ana Dinerstein Social & Policy Sciences; and Ms Katja Nieminen International Partnerships Manager – promoted the University’s international research funding schemes and the Fapesp-Bath scheme aimed at supporting the development of research partnerships with strategic partners.

They also discussed and explored new funding opportunities in order to best position the Faculty to apply for and benefit from external funding.

Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Ian Butler said the visit displayed how we are facing the same fundamental socio-political challenges, wherever we happen to live and how we could meet such challenges by working together.

He added: "The real value of our internationalisation strategy is that it provides the opportunity to collaborate with fellow social scientists, share expertise and to develop a truly internationalist perspective on our work.

“I am confident that the contacts we made will develop into long-lasting and productive relationships."

Dr James Turner, Department of Health, said: “As an early career researcher, this was a fantastic opportunity to establish very strong international research collaborations."

Katja Nieminen, International Partnerships Manager, added: “HSS is the first Faculty to pilot a novel and targeted approach to research partnership development. By matching early career researchers with individuals who share similar or complementary research interests, we have been able to pursue multiple dialogues with our Brazilian partners and very rapidly build solid foundations for future collaboration. “

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