Network Plus

A group of international academic networks, led by UK-based universities, has been set up to conduct collaborative arts and humanities-based research into some of the world’s most pressing development challenges.

The five major interdisciplinary networks will be funded with more than £9 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), using the AHRC’s ‘Network Plus’ model. This is designed to bring together a wide range of UK arts and humanities research expertise with scholars and non-academic partners in low- and middle-income countries.

Partnerships between leading researchers in the UK and the Global South are vital in bringing innovative approaches to, and deep understanding of, some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The arts and humanities have a critical role to play in tackling development challenges, building capacity in partner countries and laying a foundation for future collaborations in development research.”

Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the AHRC

Changing the Story

Helps young people whose lives have been affected by conflict; it will showcase how the arts and humanities can help those in need.

Changing the Story

Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Investigates the vital role arts and humanities play in strengthening democracy internationally.

Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Rising from the Depths

Studying marine cultural heritage along the coast of east Africa in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Rising from the Depths network

The Nahrein Network

A historical project that aims to prove the value of the arts and humanities to education and post-conflict development in Iraq and neighbouring countries.

The Nahrein Network

Global Challenges Research Fund

A £1.5 billion fund that supports cutting-edge research and ensures the UK takes a leading role in global development.

The Global Challenges Research Fund

Network Plus objectives

Each of the multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary teams will work extensively with researchers, organisations, and communities based on the ground to build partnerships and deliver effective solutions.

These will demonstrate the importance of areas such as culture, languages, identities and local contexts as foundations for addressing development challenges.

Strands of activity

The networks support the co-production of research through three linked strands of activity:

  • initial scoping, capability development and partnership building
  • new funding calls
  • evaluation and legacy planning

They are working extensively with more than 40 international research organisations and non-academic partners, such as the British Council, Basrah Museum, the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, and UNESCO.