19 November 2021

University of Sheffield team wins prestigious ESRC award

We are thrilled to announce Dr Simon Rushton and Dr Juan Diaz have been awarded the ESRC's Outstanding Societal Impact prize for their ‘Improbable Dialogues’ project.

A video of Dr Simon Rushton research project 'Improbable Dialogues’

Collaborative research, led by a team from the University of Sheffield and Javeriana University, into the roots of conflict in the violence-affected Colombian port city of Buenaventura has led to a new city-wide peace strategy and a skills-based training programme that enables communities to engage in conflict resolution at the grassroots level.

Dr Simon Rushton from the Department of Politics and International Relations comments "As a team, we're really grateful to the ESRC for their recognition of the work that the Improbable Dialogues project has been doing in Buenaventura - and especially the work of our colleagues and partners in Colombia who have worked incredibly hard to keep the project's activities moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic."

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