Deepening democracy in extremely politically fragile countries: networking for historical, cultural and arts research on Parliaments and people

Lead Research Organisation: School of Oriental & African Studies
Department Name: Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

The challenges for democracy across the globe are chronic, intensifying and urgent. The prospects for greater stability, and meeting the SDGs on inclusive institutions and global partnership, are remote unless ways are found of working towards what Appadurai calls 'deep democracy': local activism by NGOs and movements combined with global networks working in partnership with states. Our networking will link researchers interested in Parliaments and public engagement. The priority will be to support the development of national capacity to study democracy in extremely politically fragile states with a focus on Ethiopia and Myanmar. We will partner with Forum for Social Studies (Addis) and Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (Yangon) to enable research capacity development by: networking and training; allocation of small, medium and large grants to researchers; mentoring in research methods and dissemination; facilitation of learning between grantees and support in advocacy; stimulating debate; and fostering multi-disciplinary co-operation. National researchers will be given support and opportunities to undertake high quality research on the links between Parliament and the People and collaborate with arts organisations.

This three year project will enable scholarly innovation through: (a) The study of politics in fragile countries has been dominated by development studies and political science. This research will create opportunities for scholarship in arts and humanities disciplines, including anthropology, political and social history, and cultural studies (especially gender and sexuality); (b) While development and politics scholars, and organisations working on governance in the Global South, tend to focus on either civil society/citizens or elite institutions, this research network will address the relationship between them; (c) Although researchers from the UK and India will manage the project, national researchers permanently based in 'extremely politically fragile' countries will do research and influence policy-makers. We have drafted research themes with partners:

1. Culture of representation: How do cultural ideas about effective representation, gender equality and public engagement emerge for elected politicians and citizens within specific cultures and histories? What are citizens' (or non-citizens) and CSOs' attitudes to Parliaments (national and regional) and politicians, what difference does gender and sexuality make, and how are attitudes changing? What conversations take place between them and how are they gendered through language, performance and ritual? How and why does trust increase or decrease between politicians and people? What is the potential for combining representative and participatory democracy, what incentives can be created and what change is realistic?
2. History of exclusion and instability: In what circumstances has representation historically contributed to gender equality, the promotion of the rights of excluded groups, as well as stronger trust, peace and stability? Do women and men imagine the future differently and how is this shaped by their histories? What role does gender (including masculinity) have in political performance, violence and interaction? How do inequalities, rituals, language, self-confidence and claims of authority include or exclude people?
3. Imagining deeper democracy through media and the arts: How can national and regional Parliaments respond to people, improve outreach and enhance the relationships between politicians and the public? How can decentralization and the power dynamics between national and regional legislatures work more effectively? How can arts disciplines or creative industries (art, photography, media, social media, theatre) evoke emotions to transform relationships and influence politics in democracies? How can we measure these changes? What is unique to particular locations and what generalisation can be found across them?

Planned Impact

Our rationale emerges out of a crisis in democracy. The most direct beneficiaries of our research will be scholars in extremely politically fragile states, with a focus on Myanmar and Ethiopia and a lesser focus on neighbouring fragile states. They will be supported to undertake historical, ethnographic, cultural (especially on gender and sexuality) research and to work with arts organisations to investigate through arts methodologies and/or amplify their impact and challenge the dominance of political science. In countries with limits on freedom of speech and the media, scholars and arts organisations can play an especially important role in political scrutiny. It will be the relationship between the public and both their elected representatives but also the institution of Parliament that will ultimately benefit most profoundly from this research. We are addressing their need for deeper democracy, enabling scholars to invite Parliamentarians to reconsider how to engage with people when fulfilling their role as representatives of groups with diverse and conflicting needs, demands and interests. Public engagement that builds trust, peace and stability can only be fathomed and reimagined with a sense of historical and cultural significance.

Institutional development will benefit the project partners in Myanmar and Ethiopia and they will enhance their capacity to enable other organisations and researchers to develop their skills, knowledge, networks and potential for impact. We will promote equal opportunities to ensure that researchers who often face discrimination (on grounds of gender, youth, ethnicity, or distance from the capitals and other urban centres) are encouraged to join the network and given support to do high quality research.

The key audiences for our project will be scholars globally, Parliaments and CSOs in fragile countries, international bodies and research organisations. Sustainable impact hinges on world-class scholars and partners, carefully designed processes to ensure quality, and excellent connections. In what is being called our 'post-truth' world, but might be more accurately described as a crisis of knowledge, international organisations increasingly recognise the value of high quality research by scholars in Asia and Africa. An important part of this project will be to create and consolidate links between research and practice; across social science, humanities and arts disciplines; and within and between the worlds of development, arts and politics. This will increase researchers' potential for access to politicians and political institutions, influence over policy-makers and further support after the end of the project.

The activities of this proposal to AHRC are based on SOAS/Hansard Society tried-and-tested, successful strategies of creating incentives, providing support, recognising national intellectual property rights and maintaining intense and respectful communication with national researchers in shallow democracies (Hansard 2017a). Although this scheme allows scope for developing relationships, we will be able to hit the ground running due to our existing and trusted links with Parliaments, researchers and NGOs in politically fragile states and academics, donors, parliamentary strengthening and governance NGOs/experts working on Parliaments across the world. Impact will be sustainable because we will have not only created opportunities for institutes, NGOs and individual researchers, but supported them in writing proposals, research methods and dissemination as well as through membership of a newly-established Global Research Network in Parliaments and People, thereby ensuring that they will be in a position to secure further support for their research and advocacy in the future. By using online technology for communicating across the network, we will nurture existing, and establish new, enduring connections between researchers and their supporters.

Publications

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Crewe E (2018) Ethnographies of parliament: culture and uncertainty in shallow democracies in Journal of Organizational Ethnography

 
Description Submission to the House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Select Committee (CCE0207)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/Citizenship-civic-engagement/Written-Evidence-V...
 
Description Reducing Inequalities in Public Engagement in Myanmar
Amount £88,561 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S005730/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2020
 
Description An Appraisal of Communication between Parliamentarians and People: A Case Study of Chaffe Oromia, Ethiopia 
Organisation Dilla University
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant
Collaborator Contribution In Ethiopia, the relationship between legislators and their constituents is expected to follow a bilateral flow of information and ideas about policy. Moreover, the nature of the relationship between legislators and the people they represent is core to determining the latter's trust in government and its legitimacy and efficacy in delivering on promised policies. In recent years, society's deteriorating trust in government - evidenced in a series of protests, uprisings and resistance; and in the latter's coercive responses - has been articulated as a failure on the part of regional legislators to adequately represent the needs and demands of their constituents. This is nowhere more evident than in Oromia regional state. Based on the premise that Oromia is both the epicentre of public protest and of ongoing political transformation in the country, this project investigates the relationships, strategies, forms, and patterns of communication between legislators in Ethiopia's Oromia regional state council and their respective constituents.
Impact Outputs will be verified and uploaded in 2019
Start Year 2019
 
Description Deepening Democracy through Citizen Participation in Ethiopia 
Organisation Ethiopian Management Institute
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution Deepening democracy enhances human rights, economic equity, and elections - which in turn drive development. This research project aims to assess the perception, role and barriers in relation to deepening democracy in Ethiopia through empirical data collection and analysis from Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, the two chartered cities of the country. The study applies a mixed-methods approach that combines both quantitative and qualitative data collected from residents, media and political party members. Multi-stage random sampling is used to select participants from amongst the residents in Addis and Dire Dawa; while a purposive sampling technique is used to select participants from the media and political parties. Data collection takes the form of questionnaires, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions; and analysis will make use of thematic and descriptive techniques. The findings of the study are to be disseminated through film production and publications.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added in 2020
Start Year 2019
 
Description Ethnicity and Identity across time and space among refugees from Myanmar 
Organisation University of Chittagong
PI Contribution Medium grant awarded
Collaborator Contribution This anthropological research will investigate history, identity and exclusion with groups of people displaced from Myanmar. This sensitive study will be based on archival research and ethnography, exploring upheavals that are creating various crises in citizenship and representation.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added during 2019
Start Year 2018
 
Description History of the Development of Parliaments in South and South-East Asia: A Study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar 
Organisation Brandon University
Department Department of Political Science
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution For this project Professor Nizam Ahmed - a leading authority on parliaments in South Asia - will compare the history of the development, decline and resurgence of parliaments in four countries - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Parliaments in the countries of South Asia in the immediate post-Independence period were patterned after the British model. However, with the exception of India, none has had an uninterrupted existence. The project will culminate in a knowledge sharing workshop to Yangon. This will help to inform the work of researchers and civil society organizations in Myanmar which have been working on strengthening parliaments and nurturing cultures of representations, participation and inclusion.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added during 2019
Start Year 2018
 
Description More Than Just Words: An Inquiry into the Transformative Promise of 'Solidarity' and'Medemer' in Ethiopia's Transition to Democracy 
Organisation Keele University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution The tactical alliance between Oromos and Amharas - the two largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia, comprising approximately 70% of the population - played a transformative role in Ethiopia's quest for democratic change. The alliance reconfigured the balance of political power in Ethiopia's ruling coalition and paved the way for Dr Abiy Ahmed's reformist and progressive government. Since assuming power, PM Ahmed has introduced a new vocabulary and praxis - framed around the concept of medemer - aimed at mobilising public support for his government. Medemer, it is said, will help Ethiopia heal old wounds and build a free and democratic society. However, research on the scope, content, meaning and cultural suitability of medemer and associated concepts is limited. Looking at the Oromo-Amhara solidarity that made PM Ahmed's ascension possible, we know that this solidarity is anchored in shared grievances rather than a shared understanding and vision for the future. So, to what extent is medemer able to make a sustained and meaningful contribution to the country's future in a culturally relevant way? This project draws together local stakeholder knowledge and leading academic expertise to undertake an independent preliminary inquiry into the transformative promise of solidarity and medemer in Ethiopia's transition to democracy.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added in 2020
Start Year 2019
 
Description Political representation and participation among the Kunama of northern Ethiopia 
Organisation Mekelle University
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant
Collaborator Contribution The recent federal system of Ethiopia is seen to give preferential treatment to ethnic minorities. However, what this special treatment entails is not looked at from anthropological point of view. This research picks the concept of identity as a tool to understand political representation and the integration of the people into the democratic process. This project is aimed at providing a first-hand evidence of political participation in a remote area of Tigray. The Kunama are Nilotic people living along the Ethiopia- Eritrea border though their oral tradition of traces their original settlement to parts of the present-day Shire. With support from the P4P programme, a team led by Mitiku Gabrehiwot will explore the link between Kunama identity and political participation and representation. This will be done by using anthropological research methods and film as a source of data collection and form of analysis.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added during 2019
Start Year 2018
 
Description The Nature of Political Representation in Regional Parliaments of Ethiopia: a study on Benishangul Gumuz Regional Sate Council in Ethiopia 
Organisation Brandon University
Department Department of Political Science
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution Since the time of adoption of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia, the politics of indigenous and non-indigenous dichotomy has been serving as a basis for political representation and exclusion of ethnic groups in regional parliaments and their respective standing committees. The aim of this research project is to analyse the historical trends, contemporary challenges and future implications of political representation or exclusion in regional parliaments of Ethiopia, by focusing on the case of Benishangul Gumuz Regional Council. Combining qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, the project examines the nature of ethnic and gender representation or exclusion in the parliament of the region. In doing so, the nature of relationship between the representatives and their respective constituents, the way parliamentary oversight is being implemented in the region as well as the attitude of the wider community towards the degree of ethnic and gender representation in Benishangul Gumuz Regional Parliament (State Council) is explored.
Impact Outputs will be verified and submitted in 2019
Start Year 2018
 
Description A talk by E Crewe about ethnographic research methods in the Study of Parliament as part of a workshop in Sciences Po, Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact French political scientists listened to this talk, and asked questions during a Q&A, reporting interest in learning more about how to use ethnographic methods in the study of political institutions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sciencespo.fr/centre-etudes-europeennes/en/node/14368
 
Description Academic lead on a Parliament-UKRI conference about mobilising global voices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact SOAS's Network Director (Emma Crewe) conceived of a conference to showcase arts and humanities research and encourage parliamentarians to listen to scholars in the Global South. She was one of two academic leads giving advice about the conference and focused on arranging the final Question Time panel, as well as inviting MPs from Africa, Asia and South America. This conference was attended by 150 scholars, MPs (especially from the International Development Select Committee), parliamentary officials, government representatives (including Minister Baldwin), Global Challenge Research Fund grantees and leads, and UKRI. Our Global Research Network is planning to organise a similar conference, but for scholars and MPs from across Ethiopia, to be hosted by a regional Parliament in coalition with a university. We have compiled the lessons learned from this conference and will submit it to the Liaison Select Committee's inquiry on select committee effectiveness. The 'reverse evidence session', where UK MPs gave evidence to diaspora and scholars from the Global South, has already made a strong impression on Chairs, staff and members of the UK select committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Article by E Crewe on the State of Nature blog about democracy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Made contribution to the State of the Nature blog, along with other political theorists, which shared our analysis of the state of democracy but also promoted our Global Research Network on Parliaments and People and its grant-making
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Awareness-raising about grant opportunity at the 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies in Mekelle, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The SOAS team (Emma Crewe and Jas Kaur) with support from the Forum for Social Studies and Mekelle University ran a 'surgery' for potential applicants at the 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies held in Mekelle in November 2018. Over 100 scholars registered to receive more information about the grants and many more sought our advice about how to make an application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation at Political Science Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation by E Crewe and R Axelby on 'Democratising Research on Parliaments and People: post-colonial critiques, difficult questions and reshaping practice' giving to political science audience of students and academics to broadcast our programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.psa.ac.uk/conference/psa-annual-international-conference-2018/enhancing-parliamentary-de...
 
Description Dedicated website for the network and its grant-making programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A website created to explain our network and its grant-making programme, showcase research by national scholars and provide learning and methodologies that enable multidisciplinary research on the study of parliaments and their relationship with the rest of society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://parliaments4people.com
 
Description Ethnographic Film Screening at SOAS - showing grantees' films 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS team (Richard Axelby and Jas Kaur) ran the Anthropology Department's Ethnographic Film Series term 2 (2019) showing grantees' films to at least 60 staff, students and general public as follows: Till Trojer (dir.) introduces 'Shadow Caravans - The Ethos of the 'Afar Salt Trade'; and 'Dancing Grass: Harvesting Teff in the Tigrean Highlands", a film by Mitiku Gabrehiwot (dir. and one of our grantees) (16th January 2019); Olisalari Olibui (dir. and one of our grantees) and Ben Young (producer) introduce 'Shooting with Mursi' (23rd January 2019); and Lindsey Merrison (dir. and one of our grantees) 'Friends in High Places' (6th March 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Facebook publicising the grant-making schemes in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This Facebook page (in Burmese and English) was posted by Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, our partner in Yangon, to publicise the grant and received 1.6 K hits, 47 comments and 538 shares
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/emrefmyanmar/photos/a.1613319758915964.1073741828.1612747712306502/20284237...
 
Description Facilitation of workshops - Ethiopian women scholars' workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Forum for Social Studies ran a women-only scholars workshop in Addis Ababa of 37 participants to explain the grant-making programme and advise on research design as well as integrating arts and humanities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Facilitation of workshops - launching the programme in Ethiopia through workshops in Addis Ababa, Assosa and Mekelle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact SOAS and FSS facilitated workshops for approximately 70 participants (scholars, artists, film-makers, writers and NGO activists) in Addis Ababa, Assosa, and Mekelle to launch and explain the grant-making programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote speech at conference in the UK Parliament on parliamentary research in a digital age 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Emma Crewe gave the keynote speech at a conference hosted by the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation on 'The Search for Rigorous Evidence to Inform Politics and Politicians' to about 120 officials (mostly researchers and librarians) from across Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Launch of the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People in Westminster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 80 academics, parliamentary officials, politicians, and NGO staff attended a launch of our network, with Baroness Amos doing the keynote and a panel of Co-Investigator Niraja Gopal Jayal, film-maker Janet Boston, NGO director Greg Power, chaired by CI Ruth Fox, followed by a discussion about making the network and our Deepening Democracy grant-making programme as effective as possible
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTw46Pu6X2w
 
Description Launch workshop in Yangon, Myanmar hosted by Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation and SOAS jointly ran a workshop for potential network members, and applicants to our grant-making programme, in October 2017 in Yangon and received advice about how to design the programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Policy skills workshop for postgraduates in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at a policy skills workshop for 40-50 postgraduates from across the UK held at UCL on 'Conducting research within policy institutions: the UK Parliament'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research methods training in Afar region, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS Programme Manager (Richard Axelby) deliver in-depth research methods training to 35 academics from different departments of Samara University and ran a 'surgery' for those with inquiries about our grant-making programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SOAS ran a series of workshops in Myitkyina, Kachin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The SOAS team ran a series of consultative meetings and workshops with university scholars, artists, students and the media to explain about the network and our grant-making and to seek advice about how to achieve maximum impact and received guidance that helped to shape the details of the grant-making programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar paper by E Crewe to Politics Department at SOAS University of London on the ethnography of Parliaments in UK, Myanmar and Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This seminar presentation about my own research on the ethnography of Parliaments, as well as our new programme researching Parliaments and People in Myanmar and Ethiopia, enabled discussion of potential partnerships across the anthropology and politics development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/154257155193721/
 
Description Seminar presentation by E Crewe and Z Ahmed on ethnographic research on Parliaments at University of Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers from across the world (US, Canada, Bangladesh, France, Belgium, Germany, etc) gathered to discuss ethnographic research in Parliaments, which led to a proposal to organise a European Consortium on Political Research workshop on the study of political space. Emma Crewe and Sandrine Roginsky have submitted a proposal to run this workshop in Brussels in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.psa.ac.uk/events/ethnographies-legislatures-research-workshop
 
Description Series of training workshops in Chin State, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS team (Richard Axelby and Jas Kaur) delivered three training events in Chin State, with support of one of our grantees (Chinbridge Institute): (1) 'People, Places and Politics - an introduction to Anthropology and the anthropological study of politics' Lectures given to 15 people drawn from CSOs in Chin State; (2) Ethnographic Research Methods Training course provided to 13 people drawn from CSOs in Chin State; (3) a lecture on 'Anthropology and the Question of Identity - what does it mean to be British / Chin?' to 130 staff and students at Hakha College.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk by Emma Crewe to Oxfam GB about women in Parliaments in the UK, Myanmar and Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the celebration of the Representation of People Act 2018, 150 Oxfam staff from around the world attended this presentation and debate in person and via video link about women parliamentarians and discussed the challenges they face as politicians. They gave extremely positive feedback about the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about UK, Myanmar and Ethiopian parliaments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SOAS Network Director (Emma Crewe) gave a talk to FCO officials in Whitehall but across in offices overseas (approximately 60 in total) about understanding parliaments. She explained her research, and answered questions, about the Westminster Parliament but also how this programme is enabling an inter-disciplinary study of the relationship between parliaments and the public in Myanmar and Ethiopia. The organisers received a 'tidal wave of good feedback from people.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training in ethnographic methods in Samara University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS's Programme Manager (Richard Axelby) delivered in-depth ethnographic research methods training to 80 academic staff and students at Samara University, especially in the anthropology and sociology departments in December 2018, with support from colleagues at Samara university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in methods for scholars in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation ran a training workshop in research methods, with support from one of our CIs (Ruth Fox) and the SOAS team (Richard Axelby), for scholars and activists (August 2018)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in research methods and integrating arts and humanities into political research in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation delivered a week workshop on training methods, including sessions about integrating arts and humanities into political research facilitated by SOAS's Emma Crewe, for 30 scholars and activists from across Myanmar in November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in writing grant applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS Network Director (Emma Crewe) delivered a session as part of a British Academy writing workshop in Kachinland Research Centre, run by CI Mandy Sadan, for postgraduates from India, Myanmar, Japan, Nepal and Bangladesh. This was written up as guidance and uploaded onto our website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training workshops and 'surgeries' for potential applicants in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact SOAS team members Richard Axelby and Bethel Worku ran workshops and 'surgeries' for potential grant applicants, with support from the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, in Mandalay and Mawlamyine for 110 scholars and artists from NGOs, research institutes and universities. They explained the grant-making programme and advised on research methods and writing grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Twitter account for Global Research Network on Parliaments and People 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our new dedicated twitter account (@grnpp1) promotes the multi-disciplinary study of parliaments and people, informing scholars about events, news and our grant-making opportunities. By March 2018 we sent 106 tweets (with 20,000 tweet impressions), had attracted 111 followers (54% men, 46% women) and 1000 profile visits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/GRNPP1?lang=en-gb
 
Description Workshop for scholars across Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our partner organisation, Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, ran workshops during 2018 in universities (of Yangon, Mandalay, Yandanabon, Mawlamyine) and with scholars/NGOs/artists/activists in Chin State, Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, and Loikaw. They also ran a workshop for the media. Their aims were twofold: to alert potential grantees to our grant-making programme and to give advice about writing application and designing research. In the second half of 2018 they reached a total of 512 people through these events. In addition their gave tailored mentoring advice to 38 potential applicants while SOAS team gave guidance to many more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018