List of GCRF-Funded Research Networks

List of GCRF-Funded Research Networks

MENASP-CP is one of a group of innovative projects funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, GCRF Network Plus programme.  Through the Network Plus model leading researchers in the UK and the Global South are building partnerships and interdisciplinary networks to tackle development challenges, build capacity and improve lives and opportunities in the developing world.


Read more about the work of these exciting and creative projects by following the links below:

  • Middle East and North Africa Social Policy Network (MENASP) – Brings together policymakers and academics to advance social policy in the MENA region.
  • Imaging Futures – Founded on the idea that archives are negotiations about visions of the future – whose story will continue to be told and how, and whose silenced.
  • Changing the StoryAsking how the arts, heritage, and human rights education can support youth-centred approaches to civil society building in post-conflict settings across the world.
  • Global Research Network on Parliaments and People – A network promoting the study of parliaments and people, supporting inquiry, scrutiny and debate through research, grantmaking, training, engagement and publications.
  • Rising from the Depth Network – Set up to identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.
  • Centre for the Study of International Slavery – Supports and shares leading research about human enslavement and its legacies.
  • The Nahrein Network – Fosters the sustainable development of history, heritage and the humanities in post-conflict Iraq and its neighbours.
  • Creating Safer Space – Strengthening civilian capacities for nonviolent (self-)protection in conflict-affected areas.
  • Rights for Time – A research network consisting of multiple interdisciplinary projects across Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Rwanda. The network aims to bring the hidden legacies of conflict directly into humanitarian protection, and human rights policy and practice.
  • The Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (MADAR مدار Arabic for ‘path’) – Aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable, displaced people in contexts of conflict in the central Maghreb region of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.
  • Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) – The aim is to strengthen arts and cultural institutions/organisations in low and middle-income countries so they can become a reference point for the identification and transformation of social conflict.
  • Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) – Providing a comparative approach on the use of interdisciplinary arts-based practices for peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal. It is a collaborative project between universities, cultural artists, civil society organisations and young people across the world.
  • Disability Under Siege – Aims to provide the intellectual, financial and logistical resources required to deliver a transformational step change in education provision for children with disabilities in conflict-affected states.
  • Education Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM) – The project is committed to creative ways to teach and learn about the violent past in order to build more just futures.
  • Decolonising Education for Peace in Africa (DEPA) – The network will amplify and enhance African knowledges on peace education and embed these in teaching research on peace.
  • Political Economy of Education Research (PEER) – Aims to strengthen political economy analysis of education systems in countries affected by conflict or crisis and to support the development of critical researchers and practitioners in the field in Africa and Central Asia.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports cutting-edge research to address challenges faced by developing countries. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) and is managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The fund addresses the United Nations sustainable development goals. It aims to maximise the impact of research and innovation to improve lives and opportunities in the developing world.


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