Interdisciplinary priorities for an inclusive neurodiverse society
This project aims to increase interdisciplinary capacity and shape future funding priorities in the area of neurodiversity and autism research. The activities will act as a catalyst within longer-term, larger-scale plans to build towards substantial funding bids.
This project is expected to last three months, during Michaelmas term, to establish priorities for further development through 2022/23 and into future bids for major projects and an ESRC Centre / Leverhulme Centre / Leverhulme CDT bid (to be decided during development project and beyond).
As a short term development project it will included three core events (one per month in Michaelmas Term) that is part of a longer term plan for advancing interdisciplinary research in this area within Durham.
Each event will be led by/organised by a different sub-group from the list of participants and will include lead academics from at least two departments, plus at least one PGR student.
Event 1 October 2022: Research discussion, research showcase and guest external speaker.
Event 2 November 2022: Sandpit-style interactive event to shape themes.
Event 3 December 2022: Research discussion, pulling together priorities, and guest external keynote speaker.
The activities will act as a catalyst within longer-term, larger-scale plans to build towards substantial funding bids that bring together academic researchers, non-academic partners, and experts by experience in the area of neurodiversity and specifically highlighting autism / the autistic community.
This project will enable
to begin working together as an interdisciplinary team to develop core thematic priorities for future dicussions/bids;
the possibility of future thematically-driven major project IAS funding bids;
interdisciplinary largescale external research proposals.
With regards to #3 funding targets such as a ESRC Centre, Leverhulme Centre or Leverhulme CDT bid (building on the PIs profile as DTP Director) have been identified.
The current project is part of the gradual ‘building-up’ exercise to develop, refine, and strengthen the competitive position for such schemes.