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Exploring policy pathways considering migration dynamics in the sustainable management of protected areas in Madagascar.

I have worked hard here with Dr Sama Zefania head of IESM (University of Menabe) trying to make progress with our UoW-funded PSF project: Exploring policy pathways considering migration dynamics in the sustainable management of protected areas in Madagascar. IESM is our external partner in the implementation of this project. We are on the preparation phase of the project, meeting authorities, key partners and research assistants. Eights students from IESM will be engaged in data collection in Menabe and Androy interviewing migrants and local authorities to understand reasons of migration and its link with deforestation within Menabe Protected Area. I recall that Menabe protected area (210,000 hectares) has an exceptional biodiversity with very high rate of species endemism but has faced rapid deforestation hypothesised to be exacerbated by migration of people from Southern Madagascar, the driest region, located in the extreme south of the country. It is believed that migrants have fled from drought and hard life condition in South to squat in the forest or settle in villages near the protected area to practice slash and burn agriculture and grow maize and peanuts. In collaboration with local partners and authorities here in Menabe, our PSF project aims at unravelling socioecological complexities and increasing awareness in order to promote informed policy decisions.

Tue 17 Jan 2023, 13:14 | Tags: Early Career Researcher, Internal Funding, Climate, Madagascar, SDGs

Social Sciences Faculty Research Development Fund 2022/23

The Faculty Research Development Fund is now inviting applications for projects with activities taking place between 1 January 2023 and 31 July 2023.

The Faculty RDF offers awards up to around £5,000 to support researchers at all stages in their careers to prepare major external research funding proposals. Researchers can apply to the below pathways:

  • RDF Seed Funding
  • RDF Seed Funding – Early Career Researcher pathway for researchers up to five years’ post-PhD experience

Funding is available to support pump-priming activities such as (but not limited to) research assistance for literature reviews, pilot projects, bringing together potential collaborators, or engagement and co-creation with non-academic stakeholders.

Further information on the scheme, including eligibility, can be found in the guidelines so please read them carefully before applying.

Applications, which should consist of (i) the fully completed application form and (ii) a CV from the main applicant (up to 5 pages), should be emailed to by 5pm on Friday, 9th December 2022. Completed applications should be emailed as an attachment with ‘RDF application' followed by the applicant’s name in the subject line.

For further information please contact the Faculty's Research Strategy and Development Manager, Harbeena Lalli (


Mon 05 Dec 2022, 10:59 | Tags: Internal Funding, funding

EUTOPIA-SIF Postdoctoral Fellowships - Third Call for Applicants 

The third call for applications to the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation FellowshipLink opens in a new window scheme opened on 15th September 2022 with a deadline of 15th December 2022.

The Fellowships provide two years of funding for early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of independent research as a step towards establishing a permanent academic career. Fellows will be based at Warwick but will be able to strengthen their research by undertaking secondments at other EUTOPIA-SIF institutions and external partners.

The IAS at Warwick will offer up to six fellowships in the third call. Fellows will be hosted by the IAS but, to support their research, they will be based in an academic department or centres at Warwick under the guidance of an academic mentor.

Applications are welcome from any subject area or discipline but are expected to show a link to one of the five EUTOPIA SIF key research areas:

  • Materials Engineering;

  • Data & Intelligence;

  • Health;

  • Sustainability;

  • Welfare & Inclusion.

Successful applicants will start in September 2023 and join a community of fellows across the EUTOPIA Alliance fellows to develop their independent research profiles and undertake training to help establish an academic career.

Further information and an FAQs are available on the IAS WebsiteLink opens in a new window.

Sustainable Cities Small Grants Scheme 2022/2023.

  • Sustainable Cities Small Grants Scheme is accepting applications from Warwick researchers. Funding can be provided for Research impact & engagement activities; Workshop/conference organisation; Visiting Fellows. Find out more about the grant scheme and apply here.

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