Research for a Future
We support academics, practitioners, and community representatives who want to harness academic research to equitably move towards a safer, healthier, and fairer future.
Crises are still advancing despite our best efforts. Narrow approaches too often serve harmful systems or solve one problem while worsening another, and the integrated, experience-based wisdom of communities and practitioners is often overlooked.
We need more diverse, equitable, and plentiful collaboration to stop environmental and social harms at their source and move towards a fairer and more sustainable world.
Many within and outside of academia feel the need to depart from research-as-usual - but in an environment of overwork, funding constraints, and differing privilege, not enough support exists to foster new connections, build trust, and co-design research that benefits all.
We’re doing four things to help change this. Our ideas are outlined below.
More information and specific ways to participate will be available by the end of August. To register your interest in participating in these projects or contributing to their development, sign up here. To tell us your thoughts now, email us at email@example.com.
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Research for a Future toolkit
We will soon launch a toolkit to support academics who want to make their research more inclusive and transformative. It will include practical tools for trust-building between diverse perspectives, ways to configure research to make a difference, and offer advice for securing funding for such work.
Connecting academics and communities
We also connect calls for collaboration from community-based organisations and academics seeing integrated crises on the ground with the Faculty for a Future community.
In the longer-term, we are developing a service that offers funding support for academics and local knowledge holders to foster trust and co-design transformative research funding proposals. We’re looking for your input on what you would find useful.
Co-developing disruptive solutions
Finally, we are running two in-depth pilots that bring together academics, affected community representatives, and practitioners to listen to each others’ experiences on mitigation and adaptation issues central to the polycrisis, and develop disruptive solutions that can grow beyond the convened group.