Funding success for 2018 CBRL sponsored Pilot Study

Funding success for 2018 CBRL sponsored Pilot Study





We’re thrilled to announce that 2018 CBRL Pilot Study grant awardee, Dr Yafa Shanneik (University of Birmingham), has been awarded a prestigious British Academy grant to develop her research with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

Earlier this year, CBRL funded Yafa’s research project: Muslim marriages, multiple identities: Syrian and Iraqi Refugee women in Jordan. During the summer, Yafa spent time in Jordan where her ethnographic fieldwork included art workshops with refugee women that she ran in collaboration with the visual artist Rachel Gadsden. This culminated in an exhibition and live performance at CBRL’s Amman institute – you can read more about the event here

At the end of last month Yafa was one of 27 outstanding academics who were awarded a total of £7.5 million by the British Academy to fund projects which demonstrate innovative and interdisciplinary approaches, build our understanding of human and cultural contexts, and expand the research base in countries and populations with high unmet need and low research capacity. These awards are part of the Sustainable Development Programme and is supported by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund which aims to respond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Entitled Negotiating Relationships and Redefining Traditions: Syrian and Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan, Dr Yafa Shanneik’s project focuses on the changing nature of family structures, within sexual and conjugal relationships among Iraqi and Syrian refugee women in Jordan. By examining how refugee women express resilience through re-defining their heritage to gain dignity, this project sets out to empower refugee women to fight against violence within their patriarchal refugee context.

An interdisciplinary team from the UK and Jordan will employ innovative research methods, including art and Virtual Reality (VR) technology, and offer judicial training programmes and awareness sessions for refugee women and social work students.

“A huge thank you to CBRL for supporting my research and contributing to my academic career. CBRL’s sponsorship of my Pilot research project was pivotal in securing this substantial British Academy funding. My project addresses an often-overlooked issue within refugee communities in Jordan and will make an important contribution to future sustainable development work in the region.”

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