Two University of Kent academics have been awarded funding under a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship scheme to recognise ‘outstanding’ contributions towards public understanding of the humanities and social sciences.
Professor Donatella Alessandrini, of Kent Law School, and Dr Sean Molloy, of the School of Politics and International Relations, are among 30 leading academics from universities across the UK to be awarded fellowships.
British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships, worth on average £116,000 for a period of 6-12 months, are designed both to support talented individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding of – and engagement with – subjects in the humanities and social sciences.
The scheme allows academics time to focus on a major piece of research by obtaining time away from teaching and administration commitments.
Professor Alessandrini’s winning research proposal was entitled A Reverse Robin Hood? Analysing the effects of world trade law on the transnational distribution of economic value. Dr Molloy’s was entitled E.H. Carr: Realist Ethics Between Hegel and Marx.
The awards provide opportunities for scholars who have already established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field, and who are normally within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate.
To be eligible, Mid-Career Fellows are required to demonstrate a commitment to public engagement and to communicate their project to a broad audience.