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UNESCO Chair awarded British Academy Cities and Infrastructure Award

(28 September 2017)

Earthquake damage in Bhaktapur

The British Academy has announced the successful applicants to its new Cities & Infrastructure research funding programme. The programme is part of the £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund and is being delivered by the British Academy on behalf of all the national academies. Altogether, the Academy will support thirteen interdisciplinary research projects, with awards of up to £300,000 each. One of these awards has gone to the UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage for Reducing Disaster Risk to Life and Livelihoods by Evaluating the Seismic Safety of Kathmandu's Historic Urban Infrastructure

The overall aim of the British Academy programme is to ensure that the best UK research across the disciplinary spectrum takes a leading role in addressing the challenges of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries. The research projects funded under the programme will generate evidence to inform future policies and interventions aimed at improving the lives and welfare of people in the developing world by making cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The research at Durham builds upon previous British Academy-sponsored archaeological research at Pashupati, and within the wider urban environment of UNESCO, National Geographic and AHRC-GCRF sponsored rescue archaeology in post-earthquake Kathmandu, but now integrates archaeology and geoarchaeology with 3D visualisation and geotechnical and structural engineering. We will be working with colleagues in Engineering (Durham), Stirling, Newcastle, Bradford, as well as non-HE partners in the UK and Nepal.

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