Cultural Institute supports new research ideas

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From a ‘random walks’ app to explain complex mathematics to a music video that acts as a therapeutic tool for people hearing voices, the Cultural Institute at King’s will be supporting eight academics from across King’s to develop new ideas as part of its Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers.

To help realise the ideas, the Cultural Institute has partnered each academic with relevant experts from the cultural sector – from app developers to the London College of Fashion, the V&A and UK Music – who will provide a real-life lens for them to explore their research.

The academics were selected following 30 applications from across the College. In addition to brokering and supporting the cultural partnerships and project development between August and December, the Cultural Institute will be contributing to the costs of each project.

The successful academics are:

Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, who will work with London College of Fashion and Here Today, Here Tomorrow on a project to trace the journey of a pair of jeans, from design in the US to cotton farming in Uzbekistan and retail in London as a way of exploring the ethical and economic challenges of the clothing industry

Dr Elsa Montgomery, Nursing & Midwifery, who will work with an app developer on an animated educational resource for healthcare professionals to help them better support women in childbirth with histories of childhood sexual assault (CSA)

Dr Bronwen Everill, History, who will work with the V&A and Dr Lucy Delap to create a discovery trail at the museum uncovering the role of slave labour in the production, purchase and maintenance of the household objects on display

Toby Bennett, who will work with UK Music to help understand the challenges facing the music industry and how he relationship between academia and the industry can be improved

Michal Ben-David, who will work with TV executives to develop new management methods and tools that can drive innovation in the future TV industry

Sophie Stevens, SPLAS, who will work with a theatre practitioner on workshops for secondary school students to develop games and activities which explore theatre translation

Barbara Bravi, Maths, who will work with an app developer on the ‘random walks’ app to explain complex mathematics

Charles Heriot-Maitland, IoP, who will work with a music video producer and animator to develop the music video that will act as a therapeutic tool for people hearing voices

Talking about the projects, Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, said: 'The open application process across King’s has delivered a wide range of ideas across a number of disciplines, each of which promises to have real impact. Partnership with the cultural sector will provide a unique opportunity for these academics to gain a fresh perspective on their thinking and ensure their ideas have genuine resonance. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these exciting collaborations.'

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