The RSE is pleased to announce that 37 exceptional researchers are to be recognised through the latest RSE Research Awards programme. Totalling just over £664,000 in funding, the research supported will not only benefit Scotland’s cultural, economic and social well-being but will also have an international impact.

Representing all 15 of Scotland’s universities, projects range from menstrual health education; to gamifying finance; to boredom and young people; some projects also support international collaboration between researchers in Scotland and 15 other countries, including New Zealand, China, Japan and the USA.

The RSE’s Research Awards Programme is vital to support the outstanding talent in Scotland’s vibrant research community. The innovative work of these awardees in advancing knowledge, tackling global challenges and providing new ways of thinking will provide significant benefits to society and to our economy. On behalf of the RSE, I offer my congratulations to each and every recipient, and wish them success in their research.

Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA FRSE, Research Awards Convener, Royal Society of Edinburgh

The RSE Research Awards programme runs twice a year in Spring and Autumn and aims to support Scotland’s academic researchers, nurture promising talent, stimulate research in Scotland, and promote international collaboration, which will be of lasting benefit to the individuals and communities concerned and to broader society.

The full list of Spring 2022 RSE Research Awardees is as follows:

RSE International Joint Projects

  • Dr Michael Barany, University of Edinburgh
    Future public understanding of mathematics

RSE Personal Research Fellowships

  • Dr Matt Brennan, University of Glasgow
    Imagining a just and green future for music cities: the case of Glasgow as a UNESCO City of Music
  • Dr Jiazhi Fengjiang, University of Edinburgh
    Chinese transnational humanitarianism in Southeast Asia
  • Dr Laura Forrest (nee Whyte), University of the West of Scotland
    The menstrual health education in schools (MHEiS) study: developing a school-based menstrual health education programme
  • Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, University of Glasgow
    Zoo devices for animal welfare and visitor education
  • Dr Johanne Miller, University of the West of Scotland
    Killing time: boredom and young people
  • Dr Kimberly More, University of Dundee
    Maximising the prophylactic impact of a salubrious diet: a higher-order habit intervention
  • Dr Catriona Murray, University of Edinburgh
    Figuring Stuart monarchy: monumental sculpture and the royal image, 1603-1819
  • Dr Elizabeth Shaw, University of Aberdeen
    Moral uncertainty and criminal justice

RSE Research Network Grants

  • Dr Maria Gardani, University of Edinburgh            
    Scottish Student Mental Health Research Network (ScotSMART)
  • Dr Una MacGlone, University of Edinburgh
    Diversifying improvisation
  • Dr Inge Sørensen, University of Glasgow              
    Sustainable screens Scotland
  • Dr Martin Zeilinger, Abertay University
    Gamifying finance – financialisation of play

RSE Research Workshop Grants

  • Dr Faye Donnelly, University of St Andrews and Dr Tilman Schwarze, University of Glasgow          
    Security and space: finding common grounds
  • Dr Kimberley Fowler, University of Glasgow
    Converging traditions in multilingual manuscripts: re-thinking the multicultural implications of the New Testament
  • Dr Andrew Jennings, University of the Highlands and Islands
    Scottish island futures – 2050 and beyond
  • Professor Anne  Kiltie, University of Aberdeen     
    Developing Aberdeen’s cancer network
  • Dr Rhoda MacRae, University of the West of Scotland     
    To assess the feasibility of introducing cognitive screening for older prisoners
  • Dr Barry Maguire, University of Edinburgh
    Justifying community wealth building
  • Dr Emanuela Patti, University of Edinburgh
    David Rizzio at the Scottish Court
  • Dr Katey Warran, University of Edinburgh     
    CREATE dance for dementia: cocreating a research agenda to facilitate equitable dance for dementia

RSE Small Research Grants

  • Dr Peter Adkins, University of Edinburgh               
    Vegetarianism in Modernist Culture, 1890-1940
  • Dr Stephen Bowman, University of Stirling           
    The memory of John Paul Jones in Anglo-American relations, c.1900s-c.1990s
  • Dr David Campbell, Heriot-Watt University           
    Unintended impacts of water conservation initiatives on the accumulation of microplastics in wastewater systems – mitigation tool
  • Dr Charlotte Cochard, University of Dundee         
    Effect of defects, electronic configuration, and local strain on the negative capacitance of Cu-Cl boracite
  • Dr Andreas Haag, University of St Andrews
    Understanding the impact of PICI-phage interactions on toxin expression in clinical strains of staphylococcus aureus
  • Professor Linda  Kirstein, University of Edinburgh
    Did intraplate magmatism in Morocco share a common origin with the Cameroon volcanic line?
  • Dr Min-Hsiu Liao, Heriot-Watt University
    Counter-translating the city: walking through the linguistic landscape and soundscape in Edinburgh
  • Dr Iain MacInnes, University of the Highlands and Islands             
    Katherine Beaumont, Countess of Atholl, and her widowhood
  • Dr Fabien Massabuau, University of Strathclyde
    Realisation of cheap and tuneable next-generation UV sensing by solution-processed gallium oxide alloys
  • Dr Brian Mathias, University of Aberdeen
    Learning by seeing and doing: visual and motor contributions to native and second language acquisition in Germany and Scotland
  • Dr Micaela Mazzei, Glasgow Caledonian University
    Community wealth building in Scotland: exploring ‘new’ ways to build an inclusive local economy
  • Dr Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh             
    Analysing uptake and completion of computer-science-related National Qualification Group Awards across Scotland
  • Dr Pedro Mendonca, Edinburgh Napier University         
    Fair digi-work Scotland – evaluating decent work in the digital platform economy in Scotland post-covid
  • Dr Michael Penman, University of Stirling      
    In search of Kings: Dunfermline Abbey ground-penetrating radar project, Stage IV
  • Professor Trevor Stack, University of Aberdeen        
    Rethinking corruption, organized crime and civil society through comparative ethnography in Mexico
  • Dr Momchil Terziev, University of Strathclyde            
    Russel’s solitary wave in the 21st century