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James Smith Awarded European Research Council Funding

Congratulations to James Smith who has just secured a prestigious Senior Investigator Grant from the European Research Council for a project entitled 'Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation' (INZI).

The 5 year award, worth almost €1.7 million, will also involve Sue Welburn (Veterinary Medicine), Lawrence Dritsas (STIS), and Michelle Taylor (African Studies).

INZI will analyse the complex interplay of actors, policies and projects that have shaped research into and control of Human African Trypanosomiasis to the present day. Research has mainly been steered from outside of Africa, firstly by colonial authorities and latterly by an array of agencies, foundations and international organisations. Despite this, investment in research has declined and fragmented. INZI seeks to systematically analyse the evolution of these international networks, and their national and local implications, and in doing so will make a contribution to our emerging understanding of how science can work better for development.

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