Reflections

As catalysts of change, social entrepreneurs are often portrayed as heroic figures and thus required to maintain their reputation and avoid vulnerability. At the same time, social entrepreneurs face high demands that limit time for reflection. How do young social entrepreneurs cope with these issues to learn and sustain their activities? How do they thrive...

With thanks to Katie Hodgkinson for copy-editing. How can we continue to engage young people as participants and collaborators in research projects? That was question posed to Global Challenge Research Fund Network+ projects during a recent online seminar co-hosted by Changing the Story and Praxis, and facilitated by Katie Hodgkinson...

This webinar from 01 July follows up on UKCDR’s publication in April of its Guidance on Safeguarding in International Development Research. It refers, too, to the timely ‘companion piece’ suggesting practical measures during COVID-19.   It recaps the guidance document, and provides an opportunity to see how other groups have...

*With special thanks to Richard Axelby (Global Research Network on Parliaments and People), co-author of this blog, for calculating the carbon cost of travel and to both Richard and Emma Crewe for facilitating the discussion around decarbonising Research on which this blog is based. The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)...

Unexamined assumptions and narrow worldviews riddle everyday academic practice, say Faith Mkwananzi and Melis Cin. The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked debates around structural and institutional racism, exclusion and belonging in the UK, and made discussion of decolonisation and racism a moral and ethical responsibility across society. Some universities’...

Written by Nora Prekazi Hoti (Curator, Museum of Mitrovica). With special thanks to Jack Butcher (Kosovo 2.0) for copy-editing. I have always been involved in art. Growing up I was a lonely and shy kid and so took up sewing and drawing. This was something I loved to do. I...

Susan Kathayat is a master’s student in the Department of Conflict Peace & Development Studies at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.   Susan participated in a webinar with Rajib Timalsina, our Regional Lead for Asia, and reflects here on how it led them to recall an experience that has particular resonance in our age of pandemic. ...

In Changing the Story’s first online webinar since global lockdown measures were introduced, the network discussed the realities of moving research online. In exploring these questions, one opportunity emerged from the discussion the sense that engaging with policymakers and influential stakeholders might be more achievable given that those who can...

We are in the Anthropocene. Facing grand challenges as diverse and complex as extreme poverty, war and refugee crises, infectious disease, environmental degradation. Culture and Heritage are now understood to play an integral role in both enabling and driving international development and to be central to meeting the Sustainable Development...