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Brigstow Happenings

In this Brigstow Happenings.....
  • Resource: Brigstow Institute Toolkits for the initial stages of co-produced and interdisciplinary research
  • Project News
  • Events
    • The Hatchling
  • Calls
    • Funding Call: Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2022
  • Community
    • Living - Language - Land
    • Speak about your research at the Global Lounge
    • What are accents for?
  • Coproduction Corner

Brigstow Institute Toolkits for the initial stages of co-produced and interdisciplinary research

The Brigstow Institute have been developing a series of toolkits to help support researchers in navigating co-produced or interdisciplinary research journey. We have published 'in development' forms of our first tools and would love it if you could tell us about your experiences of using them via our feedback form.

Exploring Interests, Developing Questions Toolkit
It takes time to find shared interests and refine research questions. This toolkit has been designed to facilitate an iterative process of designing and exploring together.

Working Together Dodecahedron Toolkit

To aid initial conversations exploring motivations and expectations as well as how you want to work as an interdisciplinary and co-produced research team going forward.

Engaged Beings Toolkit

A toolkit to explore and communicate what keeps you engaged in your work. Involving; personal motivations, outputs, practical needs and ways of working.

Project News

Blog Post: Stories of local everyday actions: Enhancing a key area of  environmental communication

"Individual actions add up: Finding inspiration in everyday citizen actions to address inequalities in post pandemic climate and nature emergency responses"
Ideas Exchange 2021

"Innumerable actions are being taken every day across Bristol which currently go unrecorded – and uncelebrated. The citizens taking them are everyday environmental heroes. But environmental messaging has tended to prioritise the actions of a narrower group ... In our Brigstow Institute Ideas Exchange project, we worked with city and academic partners to explore how stories of Bristolians’ everyday environmental actions, and their communication through a range of channels, could contribute even further. Be it by demonstrating that many are already taking action, encouraging others to do the same, and foregrounding that action in wider systemic or policy shift that contributes to the city’s environmental aspirations and wider change."

Read Blog post "Stories of local everyday actions: Enhancing a key area of  environmental communication" 

‘Invasive Others: Plants? People? Pathogens?’

MMB Insights and Sounds 2021 with Miriam Ticktin

In the latest recording from Migration, Mobilities Bristol's Insights and Sounds series Professor Miriam Ticktin talks to Professor Bridget Anderson about the language of invasion and how it links public discourses of immigration, viruses and ‘non-native’ species. It’s a poignant and critical topic for the year of COVID-19 and also one closely related to the new Brigstow project (de)Bordering.

Bristol By Heart Awards.

Metre and Memorisation
Experimental Partnership 2021
The Metre and Memorisation Project, funded by the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol, announces the awards from the the Bristol by Heart poetry recitation contest in collaboration with Poetry by Heart. This was a children’s verse recitation event held in collaboration with Poetry by Heart, where children who participate will have the opportunity to contribute their experience of verse memorisation to the research.
The judges were much impressed by the range, enthusiasm, ambition and accomplishment of the different entries to the competition and would like to thank all those who entered the competition along with their teachers.


The Hatchling Trailer

The Hatchling

This Summer, Plymouth will see one of the most spectacular events in its lifetime. A spectacular dragon will hatch in the city, grow to the size of a double-decker bus and attempt to fly from land over sea.

The Hatchling is a ground-breaking FREE outdoor theatrical performance that will unfold over the weekend and reach an extraordinary finale over the coast of Plymouth.
On Saturday 14th August our beautiful visitor will hatch in the city, build herself a nest and explore the city, and as she roams, she’ll encounter a series of events from intimate interactions to city-wide performances, prepared especially for her majestic visit by the people and communities of Plymouth.

On the Sunday 15th August in the evening’s Grand Finale our hatchling will undergo an incredible metamorphosis, unfurl her wings, and attempt to soar over the sea at sunset! With a wingspan of over 20 metres, our hatchling is the world’s largest human-operated puppet to attempt flight. 
Join us this summer for a spectacular adventure never to be forgotten.See the full programme at
The People’s Assembly:
A dragon is coming to Plymouth! What will we do? Join the conversation online now and start shaping The People’s Assembly.

Calling all people of Plymouth. On Saturday 14th August, a dragon will be on our streets. The People’s Assembly has been created to respond to this extraordinary event. That same evening, we will come together as a city to figure out what it means, why it's here, and what we should do. Come and join us as we hear from dragon experts and other surprise guests, share ideas and make a plan at The Barbican Theatre. Tickets are pay what you can.

And, it doesn’t end there! You can begin to add your questions and responses already. Join the
digital conversation via Polis. We want to hear from you!

The People’s Assembly:


Funding Call: Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2022

"The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop international interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences, focusing on the question “what is a good city?”


The British Academy encourages broad and innovative interpretations past and present, physical and imaginary in the context of “what is a good city”, and how these topics relate to international questions and challenges.  The Academy is looking to fund applications that break new ground in the collaborations – international and interdisciplinary – they support and the research they aim to undertake. The Academy is seeking to support projects that build understanding internationally across different forms of knowledge and expertise – academic, professional and lay – on challenges surrounding modern urban environments. The Academy particularly encourages applications led by scholars in the humanities. "

See full Knowledge Frontiers call details.


Living - Language - Land

Artist Neville Gabie and Philippa Bayley are co-producers of living-language-land, a journey through endangered and minority languages that reveal different ways of relating to land and nature. They are sharing 26 words in the run-up to COP26 to give a global audience fresh inspiration for tackling our environmental crisis.

The project has evolved from the sense that the languages we speak shape how we understand the world around us, including our connections to land and nature. But as fast as we’re losing species from our planet, so we’re losing languages that offer different ways of seeing. Their hope is that these 26 minority and endangered words will be a rich lexicon that offers a fresh, evocative perspective on our environmental crisis – one that stretches the scope of the Western-dominated conversation. 
They have just launched the project and will be sharing two words per week until COP26 on their 
website and across Their social media channels - FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Speak about your research at the Global Lounge

The Global Lounge is looking for speakers for our new weekly event, Think Global, starting next academic year.
  • Do you have any specialist knowledge or experience of specific topics, with a global theme, that you’d be willing to share with others?  
  • Would you like to gain public engagement experience and improve your confidence in a welcoming and inclusive environment?   
If the answer's yes, then 'Think Global'
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to share your expertise, research or personal experience with others, whilst gaining some new skills along the way. We’d love to hear about various topics with a global theme; this could be things like societal changes, environmental risks, international relations or scientific advances.
Additional info: 
Think Global will run every Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm during term time.  
Led by Global Lounge ambassadors, it will consist of a speaker presentation followed by a Q&A, and - all being well - will be held in person in the Global Lounge physical space in Senate House. 
The event is open to all University of Bristol students and staff, with free refreshments included!  
Anyone is welcome to apply. Please fill in this
short form to learn more about the event. Alternatively, please email to find out more about this exciting public engagement opportunity. You do not have to commit to anything at this stage.”   

What are accents for?

Have you ever wondered what accents are for? Why do we speak in them, and why are we good at recognizing them in others?
So do we, so we’ve designed an online experiment to try to find out.
We’re looking for speakers of Northeast England, Belfast, Dublin, Bristol, Glasgow, Essex, and Received Pronunciation (RP) accents to take part in a set of 3 digital sessions.
The total time will not be more than 1 hour and there is a chance to win £50 in Amazon vouchers. We’re also happy to set up a call after participation to explain our hypotheses and methodology.
E-mail Jonathan Goodman ( for more information!

Coproduction Corner

Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

For some practical advice on how to change your life and impact on your community and world, this is a good read. It's about co-creating a post-capitalist world (or at least local community). It uses co-created approaches but is also about empowerment.

Gibson-Graham, J.K.; Cameron, J. and Healy, S. (2013) Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities, University of Minnesota Press.
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