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The Brigstow Institute brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners across the city and beyond to experiment in new ways of living and being. The Brigstow Happenings includes updates and news from research projects funded by Brigstow, as well as upcoming events and opportunities. 

In this month's Happenings.....

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Seasons Greetings!

Well what a year that was. It started so well, meeting all our newly-funded project teams for 2020 face to face (whoever thought we’d ever have to specify that!) and hearing all their exciting plans for research.  We had a fantastic workshop looking at the Limits of the Law around Human Rights, funded some Ideas Exchanges and then Covid made itself ever-present.  Our projects were amazing, displaying a fantastic level of enthusiasm, resilience, adaptability, creativity and good humour despite the challenges – we saw new approaches, shifting activities to online, rethinking methods and engaging people in different ways. And of course we still managed some events, work in progress meetings around Creativity and Policy, Hidden Histories, Mapping, Data and Interdisciplinarity, Expression and Co-production, Environment and Activism and Place and Community, and even managed an online webinar and book launch around the Brigstow funded Kept Apart project. Lastly our collaboration with the Bristol Photo Festival saw two projects funded, “We Are Still Here: Stories from the HIV and AIDS Community” and “Bringing the War Home II”.

So a huge thank you to everyone who we’ve supported through projects this year, to those who have attended events (whether face to face or online) and to everyone else who has continued to engage with us in whichever way - we wish you all a safe, happy and healthy seasonal break and look forward to a different year ahead.

Happy holidays from the Brigstow Team,
Tim, Gail, Julia, and Ceri

Using innovative research methods to explore post-diagnosis support with people with dementia

Experimental Partnership 2019

This wonderful research group has published an exciting coproduced paper on using photography to explore everyday experiences of post-dementia diagnosis life.  Read the paper "Everyday experiences of post-diagnosis life with dementia: A co-produced photography study"

Sust, the I Didn't Buy Plugin prototype.

Experimental Partnership 2020

Can digital tech empower online consumers to respond to environmental emergencies? 
I Didn’t Buy: Empowering online consumer activism against environmental collapse sought to create a tool that can connect with consumer practices to give them the opportunity to make ethical consumer choices.

The team have created a visual demo of the I Didn't Buy Plugin that you can view below. You can read further information about its functionality and creation in their blog post Sust, the I Didn't Buy plugin.

If you are interested in catching up with the project so far you can read their end of year report or visit their website for more information and blogs.
A demonstration of the prototype created for research purposes. 

Brigstow and Bristol Photo Festival commission awarded

Brigstow is delighted to announce that our collaboration with the Bristol Photo Festival has awarded funding to two exciting projects that use photography as a research tool.

Brigstow Institute and the Bristol Photo Festival have collaborated on a joint commission to fund two interdisciplinary research projects that seek to use photography as a research method. “We Are Still Here: Stories from the HIV and AIDS Community” and “Bringing the War Home II” are two projects that seek to use this creative research methodology meaningfully as a sensitive form of exploration into what it means to live well in the 21st century. Find out more about the commission.

University of Bristol Carol Service

The University of Bristol 2020 Carol Service it is available on the University of Bristol Multifaith Youtube Channel . Performers include the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Choir (Brigstow funded in 2017) amongst other stunning performances.

Seedcorn Funding

This is an opportunity for mixed interdisciplinary teams of researchers to carry out risky, experimental, and exploratory projects to take the first steps in developing and pursuing new research questions. We especially welcome applications from teams that might find it difficult to find early-stage funding because of the novelty of the ideas, methods or approaches.  

Funds are available to initiate and develop partnerships to undertake early-stage, experimental research pilots. 

Find out more on our Seedcorn Funding pages.

Brigstow online drop-in for potential seedcorn funding applicants

Do you have an idea for a seedcorn project? Would you like to talk it through before applying? If you have an idea for a project you’d like to talk through, why not come along to our drop-in session? Drop-in session registration and info

Monday 18 January AM, Online

We Are Bristol History Commission. Paid student research project

An opportunity for a University of Bristol PGR to undertake a paid research opportunity with the University of Bristol’s Brigstow Institute that will contribute to the work of the We Are Bristol History Commission.  Brigstow are looking to appoint up to four postgraduate research project students to work alongside the initial work of the We are Bristol History Commission. More information can be found on our research projects for PGR students webpage.

Researchers with disabilities and the UK Parliament

Join UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit to share your experience of barriers in contributing expertise to Parliament, and explore ideas to strengthen Parliament’s work with researchers with disabilities.  These online discussion groups will take place on 18th, 23rd and 24th February 2021, and contributions will shape the work of the UK Parliament Knowledge Exchange Unit.  Find out more and apply to join a session.

Learning online with MMB

By Bridget Anderson and Emma Newcombe

Everyone is talking about migration. You hear about it on the media, from news and documentaries to dramas and soaps. People talk about it in pubs and in taxis. There is no shortage of opinion, assertations and information about migration. And inevitably there are a lot of assumptions about the subject too. For example, when we think of migration why is it that we tend to focus on the movement of people from low to high income countries, particularly Europe and North America? Why aren’t young British people working as au pairs in Australia not imagined as ‘migrants’?

At Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB) we think it is interesting to step back and look at the many different definitions and understandings of ‘migrant’, and the kinds of questions and methods that characterise different disciplines’ engagement with the field. We are very excited to say we have launched a free online course on Future Learn – ‘Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship’ – that will be part of the Bristol Futures portfolio. We are also opening registration for ‘The MMB Online Academy 2021’, which will run May to July next year. Read the full post here.


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