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Recent grant success in the School of Management

29 April 2021

Academics within the School of Management continue to address some of the grand societal challenges of our time with two recent grant wins.

Dr Malu Villela Garcia, Senior Research Associate, has been successfully awarded the very competitive Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the AXA Research Fund for a period of two years starting from March 2021 for her project on Regenerating Places and Economies Through Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. 

The research will explore experiments aimed at producing inclusive and sustainable local economies. These are being undertaken in different UK cities by a variety of people and institutions across sectors and communities.  

The experiments chosen will be tackling social and environmental challenges at their core and offer concrete possibilities for their places to transition to more resilient futures. The aim of the research is to identify the innovations proposed, understand what enables and hampers their development and end up with practical recommendations on how to take them forward. 

Malu is the only recipient of the fellowship in the whole of the UK. 

Professor David Evans and Dr Jonathan Beacham are leading the University of Bristol’s involvement in a £6million project to transform the UK’s food system.  

The project – Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People (H3) – is one of just four that have been funded under the first tranche of UKRI’s ‘Transforming the UK Food System’ Strategic Priority Fund (SPF). Food security and sustainability are among the greatest challenges facing the world today, and traditional approaches of intensifying food production are coming under criticism for not looking at the whole picture of how we produce and consume food.   

Working with teams at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Cambridge and City as well as a range of stakeholders from government, business and civil society, H3 involves an integrated programme of interdisciplinary work that will identify practical paths towards food system transformation from the ground up. The H3 consortium brings together social and natural scientists to develop ‘whole-system’ approaches that emphasise the multiple linkages between food production, food consumption and wider economy and society.  

The University of Bristol is leading a core integrative work package that will develop cutting-edge insights into issues of consumption, demand, access and equity, public acceptability and dietary change. The project started in January 2021 and will run for 5 years. 

Find out more about our challenge-led interdisciplinary research at the School of Management.

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