Small Group Projects

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator(s) to lead a small group of 2-10 scholars (which may include graduate students).

Applicants should hold a PhD and will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. Independent scholars with an academic affiliation may also apply. The awards are intended as providing flexible support (for instance: relief from teaching &/or administration, research and travel expenses, fieldwork and practical work) for a period of (up to) one year, for the activities of the research group. Stipends are not provided.

The awards are intended as enabling one or more short periods of face-to-face joint group work such as workshops, working-in-pairs, or short academic visits (e-working, video-conferencing or Skype expenses are not included) over a period of up to one year.

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £5,000.

Sixth Flexible Grants for Small Groups Competition

In October 2019, the ISRF launched its sixth Flexible Grants for Small Groups competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, a pool of independent external assessors supported the funding of 17 projects:

  • From the Ivory Tower to the Shantytown: How Does Critical Legal Theory Respond to Political Uprisings?
    Mohsen Ahmed & Thamil Ananthavinayagan
  • Deciphering Violence: New Network Analytic Tools for Improving Hate Speech Detection Online
    James Allen-Robertson & Johanna Römer
  • The Role of Commodity Trading Firms in the Global Political Economy
    Joseph Baines & Sandy Hager
  • The transformation(s) of public power: the rise of conditionality
    Antonia Baraggia & Matteo Bonelli
  • From Acts of Dispossession to Practices of Commoning: Re-considering the Life-worlds of Property
    Brenna Bhandar & Michele Spanò
  • Private Power and Museums: Redressing the Impact of Inequality on Artworld Institutions
    Kathryn Brown
  • Consolidating the International Network on Digital Labour (C-INDL)
    Antonio Casilli & Paola Tubaro
  • Decolonising political thought: a reconsideration of political thinkers
    Simon Choat & Manjeet Ramgotra
  • Growing Old Disgracefully: ageing and social inclusion in the cultural industries
    Rachel Connor
  • Dialogues on Food Geographies: towards Decolonisation?
    Agatha Herman, Moya Kneafsey & Rebecca Sandover
  • Indigenous Rights Recognition in Mongolia: Challenges and Opportunities
    Jennifer Lander
  • Hybrid Futures: design encounters with critical technology literacy
    Betti Marenko
  • In the company of “Dada”: countering “business as usual” in the era of climate change
    Lilian Moncrieff
  • A Culture of Psychosis: A psychosocial case study approach to contemporary ‘ordinary psychosis’
    Calum Neill
  • Managing Conflicts in the Age of Global Governance: Insights from Twentieth-Century History
    Martin Ottovay Jørgensen & Volker Prott
  • Energy and Society: Shifts in Historical Understanding
    Daniela Russ & Thomas Turnbull
  • The Work of Working on Violence: Reflecting on researching violence against women
    Maria Garner & Fiona Vera-Gray

Contacting Grantees

If you would like to contact any of our Grantees to discuss their ISRF-funded work, please contact Dr Lars Cornelissen (Academic Editor) in the first instance, at