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.

Heritage and Policy Learning Event (6th December 2019)

Praxis' first learning event will explore the relevance of heritage research and will provide practical information around how to engage with the policy process. Follow @Changing_Story_ for updates!

Heritage and Policy

Food and Heritage Learning Event 10th January 2020

Consider how multi-disciplinary collaborations navigate the balance between the local and the global at this 1-day workshop. Registration now open - limited places available!


Heritage Nexus Event 24-26 February 2020 (West Bekaa, Lebanon)

Praxis' first international 3-day workshop aims to address how collective learning from GCRF projects on heritage has shaped 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. Deena Dajani (Postdoctoral Researcher), Inés Soria-Donlan (Project Manager), and Lauren Wray (Project Officer).

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.