Rutherford Fellows

The Rutherford Fellowship Scheme

2018-2019

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The Project

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Rutherford Fund Fellowship Scheme supports global interdisciplinary research. The scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and administered by Universities UK International. Drawing on expertise from across disciplines, our Rutherford Fellows will all contribute to the overarching theme of Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities.

This particular opportunity encourages collaborations between Fellows and academics from across Leicester’s three faculties in tackling global urban challenges and empowering cities to drive change. The Rutherford Fellows will launch their research projects with an initial event focusing on Sustainable Cities, hosted by Professor Paul van Gardingen.

Relevant Materials:

Interdisciplinary Research According to an African Researcher
Resilient Inclusive and Sustainable Cities Event Report

Events:

Dr. Amollo Ambole shall be hosting an open talk and discussion panel on her field of research. All interested parties are welcome , departments of design, technology and socio-anthropology are encouraged to attend.

‘Are Agile Innovation Networks the Answer to Africa’s Urban Challenges? Mathare slum energy project, Nariobi, Kenya’

Drawing on her work in the Mathare slum and wider study in Nariobi, Kampala and Stellenbosch, the talk shall focus on:

1. Conceptualising how trans-local agile innovation networks come together to co-design and sustain development projects.

2. Engaging seminar participants in thought-provoking debates on how early-career researchers in Africa can change the urban Africa narrative through inter- and trans- disciplinary research.

  • Venue/Time: 128 Regent Road, 2pm
  • Please direct all quires to lias@le.ac.uk

Meet the Fellows:

Dr. Amollo Ambole

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Dr. Amollo Ambole (University of Nairobi, Kenya) will focus her Fellowship on the ways in which systematic urban transformations can be achieved by interrogating challenges of the informal urban forms that are pervasive in Southern cities. Using socio-technological innovations, Dr. Ambole will utilise research across design, anthropology, technology and sociology to determine methodologies that have the ability to relieve pervasive circumstances of informality, while promoting learning both locally and globally.

Dr. Edris Alam

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Dr Edris Alam (University of Chittagong, Bangladesh) will focus his Fellowship on responding to colossal social and economic losses as a result of natural and human induced hazards. Such rapid onset hazards, threatening both sustainability and affective governance, will be responded to through collaborations with academics on the areas of; risk, crisis and disaster management, urban communication and human-technology and decision making, to inform an Emergency Response and Preparedness Framework in changing the landscape of emergency practice. Dr Edris Alam is hosted by Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett (School of Business).

Dr. Laura Lotero

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Dr Laura Lotero (Pontifical Bolivarian University, Colombia) will be looking at how interdisciplinary research can inform the field of industrial engineering to develop the withstanding relationship between transportation systems, cities and societies. By recognising how addressing socioeconomic segregation challenges can lead to resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities, the Fellowship will strengthen initiatives and collaborations between the two Universities, and develop interdisciplinary research on urban mobility patterns. Prof. Laura Lotero is hosted by Professor Simon Gunn (Centre for Urban History) and Dr. William Darler (School of Business).

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