Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Jason Hart awarded British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Fri Mar 22 12:06:00 GMT 2013

British AcademyDr Jason Hart, Senior Lecturer in International Development in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, has been awarded a Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy, the UK's National Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Mid-Career Fellowship scheme supports outstanding individual researchers and communicators who will promote public engagement and understanding of the humanities and social sciences. It offers one year of funding for completion of a major piece of research. 43 Fellowships were awarded for the forthcoming academic year.

The Fellowship will fund Jason to undertake his research project, titled The Moral Economy of Children’s Rights: The UNCRC and International Development. This project is timed to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly. It will involve study of the response from governmental authorities and NGOs to the situation of stateless children and the ways in which the rights of children are invoked to guide such response. Fieldwork will be undertaken in the Middle East and UK.

Jason explains, “My research aims to contribute to debates about the child rights-based approach to development through a focus on the interplay between the construction of a moral discourse around children as rights holders and political-economic processes. To date much of the child-rights based work in countries of the ‘global South’ has focussed on cultural change at the local level, often side-stepping questions about the responsibilities of states, corporate interests and child-focussed development organisations. I am interested in the ways that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is interpreted and instrumentalised in the actions / inactions of these actors. By focussing on stateless children, whose relationship to the state is ambiguous, I hope to make explicit the process by which the non-realisation of certain rights is managed in moral terms.”

Professor Ian Butler, Head of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences comments "This is an incredibly competitive award to have won and is a real recognition of Jason's work.”

Further information on the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme is available online.

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