WUN Research Development Fund Awards

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been an active member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) since 2015. The WUN is a global higher education and research network of 23 universities engaged in over 80 active research initiatives, and involving more than 2,000 researchers and students on a diverse range of collaborative projects which address some of the world’s most urgent challenges. WUN supports collaborative research that is innovative and makes a difference, provides opportunities for established and emerging talent, attracts resources to sustain its world-class teams, and creates access and advantage for its members. Six UMass Amherst faculty have received WUN awards and seven have been collaborators on other WUN projects.

Research Development Fund Awards

2018

UMass Amherst-Led Proposals

•    Researching diversity, inclusion and student success: Towards a global campus climate framework
UMass Amherst Team: PI, Chrystal George Mwangi (Educational Policy, Research & Admin); Co-PI, Sangeeta Kamat (Educational Policy, Research & Admin); Co-PI, Anna Branch (Sociology); and Co-PI, Jonique Childs (Student Development).
WUN Partner Universities: University of Bristol, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, and University College Dublin
•    Sustainability and electricity access in developing countries
UMass Amherst Team: PI, Erin Baker (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) and Co-PI, Leonce Ndikumana (Economics).
WUN Partner Universities: University of Ghana, University of Nairobi and University of Cape Town

UMass Amherst Collaboration Proposals

•    A global platform to harmonize and share accelerometry data: Towards the next generation of sedentary behaviour, physical activity, and sleep guidelines
UMass Amherst Co-PI: John Staudenmayer (Mathematics & Statistics)
Lead WUN University: Maastricht University
•    African child and youth wellbeing in the context of migration and displacement
UMass Amherst Co-PI: Lindiwe Sibeko (Nutrition)
Lead WUN University: University of Alberta
•    Memorials to people who have died and to those missing during migration: A global project
UMass Amherst Co-PI: Elizabeth Brabec (Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning)
Lead WUN University: University of Bristol
•    Women’s mobility: Negotiating work & family spheres in Asia
UMass Amherst Co-PI: Miliann Kang (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Lead WUN University: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2017

UMass Amherst Collaboration Proposals

•    The trans-nationalism of indigenous movements: The role of digital technologies
UMass Amherst Co-PIs: Amber Young and Rudolf Bedeley (Operations and Information Management
Lead WUN University: University of Aukland

2016

UMass Amherst-Led Proposals

•    In-herit: The role of heritage in ontological security during migration and displacement
UMass Amherst Lead: PI, Elizabeth Brabec (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
WUN Partner Universities: University of Aukland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Leeds, University of Cape Town, University of Western Australia, University of York, Zhejiang University
•    Mpower: Empowering mothers for health
UMass Amherst Lead: PI, Elena Carbone
WUN Partner Universities: University of Ghana, University of Sheffield, University of Sydney

UMass Amherst Collaboration Proposals

•    Impacts of grain legume research and development in developing countries
UMass Amherst Co-PIs: Om Parkash (Stockbridge School of Agriculture); Dong Wang, (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
WUN Lead University: Chinese University of Hong Kong

2015

UMass Amherst-Led Proposals

•    Responding to climate change
UMass Amherst Team: PI, Om Parkash (Stockbridge School of Agriculture); Co-PI, Baoshan Xing (Stockbridge School of Agriculture); Co-PI, Klaus Nusslein (Microbiology), Co-PI, Laurel Smith-Doerr (Sociology)
WUN Partner Universities: University of Leeds, University of Southampton, University of York, Zhejiang University

•    Air sensors everywhere
UMass Amherst Team: PI, Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences)
WUN Partner Universities: University of Ghana, University of York

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