Andrea Livesey, Senior Lecturer in the History of Slavery from Liverpool John Moores University, working with Collective Encounters and other partners, is among the first to receive pilot funding from the British Academy, the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, for an innovative public engagement research project focusing on From Slavery to Roe vs Wade: Using Theatre to Explore Black Diasporic Understandings of Reproductive Health and Justice

Andrea Livesey is one of fourteen researchers across thirteen projects to receive funding via the British Academy’s new SHAPE Involve and Engage Awards, a pilot scheme designed to support creative methods of engaging the public in cutting edge SHAPE research (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy), in partnership with galleries, libraries, archives and museums across the UK. The scheme was subject to high demand, the British Academy said [link to British Academy news story], receiving many more applications than anticipated.

The awards, worth up to £8000 each, will support researchers to develop innovative public engagement projects and activities, co-designed in collaboration with their chosen partner cultural organisation. The projects will inspire and connect local communities and audiences with SHAPE research topics and meaningfully involve them in the creation of new research outputs.

The successful researchers begin their awards today via a kick-off community of practice public engagement workshop at the British Academy, which Annette Burghes, Collective Encounters’ Executive Director, is attending.