Rutherford Fellows

The Rutherford Fellowship Scheme


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The Project

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Rutherford Fund Fellowship Scheme supported global interdisciplinary research. The scheme was 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 contributed to the overarching theme of Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities.

This particular opportunity encouraged 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 launched their research projects with an initial event focusing on Sustainable Cities.

Relevant Materials:

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

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

Laura Lotero

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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