Welcome to PRAXIS: Arts and Humanities for Global Challenges – Championing the distinctive contribution that arts and humanities research can make to tackle urgent global development challenges.

Evaluating Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development (Feb 22)

The final report in the Heritage and Our Sustainable Future series, co-produced by PRAXIS, University of Leeds, and the UK Commission for UNESCO, and written by Dr Francesca Giliberto.

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PRAXIS Latest Publication - Available Now!

PRAXIS is delighted to announce the launch of a new publication ‘Transforming Conflict and Displacement through Arts and Humanities’, by Post-doctoral Researcher Dr. Robyn Gill-Leslie!

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COP26 (November 21)

Changing the Story and PRAXIS were delighted to support this year’s Glasgow Climate Conference. Watch the recordings from our four COP26 events back inc the youth-led film The Ripple Effect!

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Heritage for Global Challenges (Feb 2021)

Read Heritage for Global Challenges, a PRAXIS publication examining 87 GCRF projects and showcasing how heritage research is addressing global challenges.

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PRAXIS is focussed on Arts and Humanities research across the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) portfolio. Specifically, its aims are to consolidate learning across GCRF projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to amplify their impact and policy relevance, and to champion the distinctive contribution that Arts and Humanities research can make to tackling urgent development challenges.

PRAXIS encompasses thought and action. The title captures and communicates the distinctive contribution that Arts and Humanities Research can make in engaging critically but also practically with development challenges that are ultimately also global challenges.

PRAXIS is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is led by Prof Stuart Taberner and Prof Paul Cooke at the University of Leeds. They are joined by Dr. Esther Dusabe-Richards (Research Fellow), Lauren Wray (Project Officer), Dr. Robyn Gill-Leslie (Conflict and Displacement strand), Dr. Francesca Giliberto (Heritage strand), Dr. Luba Pirgova-Morgan (COVID-19 strand), and Dr. Alyson Brody (Youth Engagement strand).

Principal Investigator Stuart Taberner introduces PRAXIS and the project’s aims:

A&H for Global Development

The GCRF launched in 2015. It is designed to encourage researchers to address development challenges such as natural disasters, climate change, poverty reduction, global public health, sustainable food production, and clean water, inclusive education, urbanisation, conflict, and forced displacement. Collaboration and partnership with overseas researchers, governments, NGOs and other organisations is key to the success of the GCRF.

The AHRC has taken a lead in fostering innovative research that crosses interdisciplinary boundaries. Indeed, the expertise that Arts and Humanities researchers bring relating to cultural, political, social, historical and linguistic contexts, and to diverse epistemologies, community engagement, and creativity, is essential to addressing the full complexity of development challenges.

Praxis draws together the different strands of learning that AHRC-GCRF projects have produced. Its aim is to identify thematic focal points and to draw out synergies across projects, maximising learning by developing thinking around Arts and Humanities methodologies and themes, and making explicit their contribution and relevance for global challenges. Praxis will collate and publicise impact to influence policy and practice at scale, and make the case for the relevance of Arts and Humanities GCRF research.

Visit our Opportunities page to find out about the events we are hosting over the next two years, keep an eye on our  Comment section for publications, activities and reflections, and check out our Resources page to access our podcasts, toolkits and methodologies.