The Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex is among a consortium of universities to have been awarded a Horizon 2020-Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) grant to study global trends in social inequalities in Europe and Latin America.
This is the first time Middlesex University has won a RISE grant and the funding will enable the creation of an international EU-Latin American Network for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities (INCASI) in order to develop an innovative programme of comparative research on the changing nature of social inequalities in these regions.
Beginning in 2016 and running until 2020, the €2.4 million (£1.8 million) project will comprise a large-scale secondment scheme with academics from the network undertaking research visits between universities in Europe and Latin America. Knowledge transfer involving early-stage researchers and more senior network members will include a postgraduate-level training scheme on research methods.
Middlesex is one of 19 universities in the INCASI consortium, which comprises nine institutions from Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay) and ten from Europe (Finland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK), and coordinated by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
The Middlesex team, led by Associate Professor in Socio-Economic Development Dr Leandro Sepulveda, is made up of colleagues from across Middlesex University Business School and includes Professor Stephen Syrett, Dr Anne Daguerre, Dr Francisco Dominguez, Dr Daniel Ozarow and research students Heather Jeffrey and Valentina Morretta.
"Securing this Horizon 2020 project represents a great opportunity for us to learn first hand from the experiences of different Latin American countries in dealing with endemic situations of social inequality and poverty, which are now unfortunately a feature of many European countries," commented Dr Sepulveda.
Dean of the Business School Anna Kyprianou added: "An international orientation with strong research and teaching links is a key feature of the Business School and this project will allow us to further strengthen this in relation to the important region of Latin America."
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