Project Proposer/s: Dr Karen Wenell and Dr Andrew Davies
This ongoing AHRC-funded project focuses on women and girls and the ways that practical and religious needs can be met in situations of humanitarian crisis. Without research into women’s experiences of displacement, their religious needs in refugee contexts, and the resources (texts, theologies, spokespersons, practices, etc.) that might promote empowerment, the distinctive role of faith – protected in human rights discourse – is in danger of being sidelined and given low priority. Groups of women and girls may be de facto excluded from the support they need. A new approach to humanitarian intervention which incorporates faith aspects rather than separating them out may benefit women by considering their needs from a more wholistic perspective. The project aims to produce a set of strategic initiatives for future action and recommendations for gender and faith responsive humanitarian programming. This is therefore an excellent opportunity for a student to participate in this international scholarly network.
What the researcher will do
The researcher will support the final events of the project, which are a London launch event and finalisation of the project toolkit. The researcher will therefore assist in:
- identifying and collating resources
- developing the online project page and the toolkit resource which is being produced over the course of the project
- helping with the planning and management of the London launch
The work will involve contact with other researchers working in the key areas of the project as well as research into other relevant sources not yet connected to the project.
Skills required by the Scholarship holder
The researcher will need:
- excellent IT skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office;
- ability to collect and process/organise data;
- ability to evaluate key resources and source materials;
- good project management ability, if possible (though project management training will be provided) and strong personal and time management skills;
- confidence in interaction with academic researchers, policy makers, INGO partners/stakeholders and the public.
The researcher would need to be flexible, self-reliant, show initiative in conducting searches and be proactive in making contacts with the direction of the project leads. Familiarity with some aspects of the role of religion and gender in humanitarian action and development work would be an advantage, but is not essential. Full training would be given at the start of the project.
How will your Project benefit the Scholarship holder?
The project will allow the scholarship holder to enhance their research skills and to gain insight into an important area of current global challenges working across academic disciplines. It will provide valuable experience of working with a team of academic researchers and NGO partners as well as networking beyond the project team for the launch event. Working on the toolkit resource in particular will allow the scholarship holder to see how academic research and networking can lead to the production of materials that can be influential in the public and policy realms.