Latest round of City of Culture Research Projects announced
The latest round of awards for collaborative research projects contributing to Coventry City of Culture have just been announced. Now in their third year, these collaborative projects are jointly funded between Coventry University and the University of Warwick, and have been granted funding of up to £2,000 for projects to partner with a Coventry-based organisation to undertake locally impactful research that invites the general public to participate. The Partnership’s two previous calls have funded 26 innovative and inclusive projects, and continue to build upon other initiatives such as the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, and Coventry City Council’s Cultural Strategy.
The latest round sees a diverse range of projects, all working closely with local, Coventry based community organisations and communities. These projects stem from a range of research disciplines and address contemporary issues through a range of research activities. Projects include the exploration of identity in modern Coventry through film screenings in Foleshill, sharing the stories of African-Caribbean women, and co-creating short films with distinct communities across the city. Other projects will examine the environment and ecology of Coventry through the collaborative transformation of urban green space in ‘Snake Park’ and will explore food resilience locally by working with urban farms.
In addition to these 8 projects funded jointly by the two universities, Warwick has also supported a further 6 projects through its City of Culture fund (administered by the Connecting Cultures GRP). These additional projects are also working closely with Coventry organisations and groups to create new partnerships, develop events and do research which has an impact on our community, all as part of Warwick’s aim to be a truly civic university.
These projects include work with Coventry’s Chinese communities, the LQBT community of colour, breast-feeding mothers, Sunni-Muslim home schoolers, and a youth-led eco-citizenship programme.
You can see the full list of funded projects and read more about them here.