Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Faculty sponsored research sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo launches this week

Mon Sep 14 11:47:00 BST 2015

With funding from the University's Research Collaboration Accelerator scheme, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath are sponsoring a research sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo beginning Monday, 14 September.

Academics from the Departments of Politics, Languages and International Studies and Social and Policy Sciences are attending the intensive collaborative research event as well as academics from our strategic partners including the University of Sao Paulo and State University of Campinas as well as Yonsei University, Nanyang Technological University, and Stellenbosch University.

Established around the theme of ‘Comparative Regional Security’, delegates will be involved in a 3 day sandpit modelled on the EPSRC sponsored workshops at the University of Bath. The aim of the sandpits, devised by the EPSRC, is to establish cross cutting research collaborations among researchers with little to no prior collaboration. The key has been to bring together the 25 delegates from many different disciplines and topics with the prospect of creating inter-disciplinary collaborative research programmes across the University’s Strategic Partners.

Both the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as well as the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) have expressed their interest in the sandpit.

The Bath sponsored sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo seeks to meet the aims of the University’s International Strategy leading up to and beyond the 50th anniversary in 2016.

Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, said of the event:

"This kind of multilateral, multidisciplinary research sandpit is precisely what the University's International Strategy seeks to promote. I look forward to seeing more of the same from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies and other departments."

For any enquiries about the event, please contact the organiser Professor David Galbreath at