Praxis: Arts and Humanities for Global Development

Introducing Praxis

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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 actionThe 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), Lianna Merner (Project Manager), and Lauren Wray (Project Officer) 

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 displacementCollaboration 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 A&H 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 A&H GCRF research.  

Get in touch!  

Praxis is planning a series of Learning Events and Nexus Events. We are reaching out to GCRF– projects that engage Arts and Humanities researchers, themes or approaches—especially where these intersect with other disciplines. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Dr. Esther Dusabe-Richards at we look forward to hearing from you!  


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