We are delighted to announce that Dr Uma Pradhan has won two competitive grants for her work on the education sector in Nepal.
- Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund will support an audio-visual project - ‘For the better future’ that documents the students’ lived experiences in the schools affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Through partnerships with students and teachers in earthquake-affected schools, this project will co-produce a vivid display of visual experiences through 30 photographs and a participatory video. These media will be the basis for a series of exhibitions in Nepal and the UK, in order to engage with the general public, researchers, and policy officials. This public engagement project will provide a glimpse into the students’ achievements, hopes and despairs in post-earthquake schools, thereby enabling the audiences to appreciate human experiences of natural disasters and illustrating the ways in which people utilise education to construct their ‘better future’.
- GCRF project - 'Visions of Education' - will create a repository of non-academic popular understandings e.g. poetry, stories, cartoon, songs etc. on education, conduct a literature review, and develop a research proposal to further an emergent research programme. This project brings academic research, popular understandings, and policy imaginaries on education in the same frame, in order to generate academic & non-academic evidence base on the social project of meaning-making in education and to find innovative ways to better policy-making.
Uma also wishes to express her gratitude to OSGA Research Officer, Francesca Tucci, for her help in preparing these successful applications.