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Brigstow Presents ... Senses of Place

Experimental Partnerships 2021

Last week we caught up with two of our funded Experimental Partnerships: "Temperature Life stories: Feeling the heat"  and "Building Instruments: Community Soundscapes for Urban Exploration and Sonic Architecture" . These interdisciplinary projects explore our senses and how we perceive aspects of environmental changes. From the different ways individuals each experience temperature extremes and how that might inform our perception of climate risk, to how the sounds of the city affect our wellbeing, particularly how our sonic landscapes changed during the first lockdown.

Find out more about their research and how they worked as an interdisciplinary team in our Brigstow Presents...Senses of Place video.

Including the Excluded

Collaborative Fellowship 2021

"Including the Excluded: Education and wellbeing in the time of Covid" is a Brigstow Funded Collaborative Fellowship which aimed to co-produce knowledge on educational and emotional experiences of excluded pupils in Bristol during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a Bristol-based schoolteacher and researcher on this project, Hannah Ahmed has seen first-hand how exclusions impact students who live and study in this city. Hannah has wrote a blog and personal reflection of her experiences on the project including the voices of those excluded.

Read Hannah's
blog post "Including the Excluded"  or visit the project web page to find out more.

Resilience: Doing her business with her full chest

Ideas Exchange 2021

After taking part in Brigstow funded Ideas exchange " Resilience through International Networks" Angelica Uwaezuoke and Ogechi Nwonye (on behalf of the Resilient Young Entrepreneurs Network, Enugu, Nigeria) have blogged about their reflections on the Resilience Project and how their values connect with their experiences as young entrepreneurs within Enugu State. 

Read their blog: "Resilience: Doing her business with her full chest".


Brigstow Presents... Approaches to Access

Online event.
Tue, 1 March 2022, 14:15 – 15:15 GMT

Brigstow Institute, for a conversation between “AD4Games: making video games accessible for visually impaired players” and “Prehension Blooms: expanding access to creative spaces for isolated people using soft robots”. These interdisciplinary projects consider how to make places, spaces and experiences more physically and technologically accessible and participative. From exploring whether audio description can be effectively used in video games for those who are visually impaired, to how someone experiencing loneliness and isolation can be present and connect with others in a space where that are not.

Find more information and register for Approaches to Access

Brigstow Presents… Hidden Histories and Performing the Archive

Online event.
Thu, 27 January 2022, 13:15 – 14:15

Join two
Brigstow Institute funded projects “Jenny: Posed as a Woman” and “Becoming Elizabeth Blackwell” in conversation. These interdisciplinary projects delve into the archives to reveal the hidden stories of individuals that lived over 100 years ago, how those stories enable us to talk about contemporary inequities and how they can be brought life through performance. From the story of Jenny Moore/Robert Coulthard who lived as an outsider both in terms of gender representation and the law, to imagined dialogues between Bristol-born Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to qualify as a doctor in the USA, and Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African American woman of colour to become a doctor.
Find more information and register for Hidden Histories and Performing the Archive.


Brigstow Presents... Valuing Voice

Online Event
Thu, 10 February 2022, 15:15 – 16:15

Join Brigstow Institute in conversation with two of our current co-produced projects:
What is the best way to talk about menopause?”  and “Metre and Memorisation”. These interdisciplinary projects explore the use of the voice in very different spheres. From how to start conversations about the menopause in a supportive way without embarrassment or putting people off, to asking whether using voice is the only approach when learning and memorising poetry.

Find more information and register for Valuing Voice


Library Stories Studentships 

Deadline for applications 3rd February.

Brigstow are looking to appoint up to six postgraduate research project students, from across the university faculties, to collaborate as an interdisciplinary team and produce materials that support the engagement in the New University Library development.

As well as researching into memories and encounters within University of Bristol libraries, this project will explore more deeply the intangibility of libraries and the wider role libraries play within people’s lives: past present and in the future: How have encounters with ideas hidden in the pages of books and archives stimulated imagination? What connections with others happen amongst the labyrinth of shelves and ideas that change the course of lives? Why are libraries special? Is there something about holding a world of intangible thoughts in your hands? Is it the connection to a history of learning or maybe the hushed and focused environment of busy minds? How would your perfect library look and feel? What would it offer you?


  • 4 x Story gathering studentships
  • 1 x Communications Studentship
  • 1 x Technologist Studentship (for a computer science student)
Read full call details for the Library Stories Studentships

Brigstow Institute Ideas Exchange

Deadline: 10th February. 

It takes time to develop research ideas. This is particularly true when research involves interdisciplinary and/or co-produced methodsBrigstow’s Ideas Exchange funding enables the right people to get together to learn from each other and identify shared research interests. The funding is designed to support emerging, interdisciplinary networks and partnerships that are co-designed and co-run with external partners.

We welcome applications for Ideas Exchanges on any topic related to what it means to be human in the 21st century. We particularly welcome applications from colleagues who have not yet been a PI on a research grant. 

The funds can be used to buy in expertise, pay for researchers, hardware costs, consumables or travel needed to work together. 

See full call details and application process on our Ideas Exchange webpage

There will be an opportunity to meet and discuss potential projects with Brigstow colleagues at an online afternoon drop-in session on Friday 28 January – Book a slot on Eventbrite  .

We are also available if you have any questions or want to discuss your idea for an Ideas Exchange and can't make it to the drop-in session. Please contact either Gail Lambourne, Brigstow Institute Manager or Tim Cole, Brigstow Institute Director


“Animation & the Environment”

A one-day workshop at the University of Bristol

Date: Monday, 7th March, 9 am – 5 pm (followed by a drinks reception, 5 pm – 7 pm)
Convenors: Camilla Morelli (Anthropology & Archaeology); Rayna Denison (Film &TV); Dani
Schmidt (Earth Sciences) and Steve Simpson (Biological Sciences).
Funded by: The School of Arts – NERC – the Cabot Institute for the Environment.

This workshop will bring together colleagues from different Faculties across UoB to explore key issues in environmental research through co-production of animation. We will have informal and open discussions about the environment, climate change and the future in times of climate emergency from different angles and perspectives. Following this, an animation director will guide us to produce an animated short that will bring our discussions into visual representation. We will brainstorm story ideas, design characters, storyboard, and animate in stop-motion, and by the end of the workshop, we will have co-produced a draft animated short that will be later edited by the director, and disseminated widely online.

*** We are seeking participants from a diverse range of research fields and disciplines ***

No artistic / drawing / animation skills are required! But please be aware that all participants will be asked to answer a couple of short questions in advance – we will send you the questions when registration is confirmed, and ask you to send us the answers by February 4th.

Given the format, we only have a limited number of spaces available. If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please could you send an email to briefly introduce yourself and express interest to:

Bristol Poverty Institute presents
Disability, Poverty and COVID-19: Part 1 (UK)

14:30-16:00, Thursday 17 February 2022 (online)
In February 2022 the Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI) are hosting the first of a two-part webinar series on Disability, Poverty and COVID-19. These webinars will focus on how the pandemic has impacted on people with disabilities (both physical and intellectual), including the disproportionate nature of this impact, and how this intersects with dimensions of poverty. This first webinar will explore how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on existing inequalities as well as potentially exposing new risks and challenges for disabled persons in the UK, with the second webinar in spring 2022 expanding the discussion to a global scale. Registration is free via Eventbrite.
Our fantastic panel of speakers brings together experts from academia, the charity sector, and community organisations, and includes representation from those with lived experience of disability.

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for Q&A with the panellists, and we will have live BSL interpreters throughout the webinar. This webinar is open to anyone to attend.
Please register early to avoid disappointment – we are expecting this to be a popular event! If you have any queries, please contact
The full registration link is:
This webinar is part of the BPI’s Poverty Dimensions of COVID-19 series which aims to bring together a variety of participants representing different sectors, with a range of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches. We recognise that different professional, academic, and civic communities will have access to different sources of information, datasets, and tools for analysis, and may also have different immediate priorities. We are, however, all driven by the ultimate aim of reducing the negative impacts of this global pandemic on all aspects of society, and particularly on those communities and individuals who are already experiencing disadvantages. By bringing together a range of perspectives we seek to improve our understanding of the poverty dimensions of this pandemic, and by extension our ability to influence policy and practice in order to mitigate its negative impacts.
We hope you can join us!

Global Social Challenges Journal. Call for submissions

Bristol University Press is delighted to announce the call for submissions for its first fully open access journal.

How can we re-imagine society in an era of climate change, pandemic, hunger, poverty, questions of racial, ethnic and gender justice and other pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities, as new ways of being, thinking, and doing emerge. This new fully open access journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and to become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines and fields. It will be the first such journal to be based in the social sciences, whilst also engaging with research from humanities, arts and STEM. Including marginalised, minority and Indigenous world views, the journal will be an important home for research which contributes to the creation of alternative futures that acknowledge past injustices and are socially and environmentally just and sustaining. It will also welcome conceptual and methodological developments which expand our thinking and enable greater understanding.

Be amongst the first to publish in the Global Social Challenges Journal. Read the call for submissions or visit the Global Social Challenges Journal website to learn more. 

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