This is series of hypothetical projects that would be relevant under the Newton Fund, within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. A series of workshops to explore the use of ‘Theatre for Development’ techniques and practices with early-career researchers, with a view to developing a programme of research for use with marginalized communities to increase levels of democratic participation in economic development policy.
2. A programme of work to explore the use of digital storytelling as a way of increasing levels of digital participation and skills acquisition amongst older people, especially amongst the rural poor. The project aims to lead to increased levels of e-service delivery, e-governance and e-commerce.
3. A work programme exploring the contemporary Creative Economy and the impact of creative industries on economic growth and cultural well-being. The programme will draw on the breadth of creative economy - art and design, digital media, film/television, architecture - and involve collaborative activities, such as asset mapping, aimed at developing inclusive policy and a set of concrete actions.
4. A series of workshops centred on Design Thinking with early career researchers, and involving the local design and creative industries community, to shape a programme of applied research focused on strategic problem solving related to local issues such as health, education, sustainability and economic well-being. The workshop will look at new genres such as service design and open design.
5. A workshop addressing present-day social challenges as presented and portrayed in the arts, aiming to raise awareness amongst policy makers, the media, and the public. Examples may include workshops on cinema, art and/or literary representations of social inequalities, ethnic exclusion, gender inequality, etc. in one or more specific countries with the purpose of influencing policy making on these crucial social issues.
6. A series of workshops to explore the economic impacts of language policy and planning, in response to e.g. the perceived but questionable correlation between English competence and development, with the aim of developing relationships between early career researchers and community leaders in order to raise awareness of the economic and development benefits of multilingualism.
7. A programme to work with local language experts and communities on digital humanities initiatives, such as translation and analysis of stories and texts in local languages and the subsequent archival of such materials. In addition to transferring digital skills and knowledge to economically disadvantaged groups, such a project may also target local community involvement in the development of public-facing exhibits or attractions showcasing intangible cultural heritage