Funded Projects

UKRI-funded "Living Deltas" Global Research Hub

Our largest externally funded initiative to date sits within the Living Deltas Research Hub. The Hub is a large international and interdisciplinary network of scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars located on four continents.

‌‌The overall aims of the Hub are:

  • More equitable livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

While oral historians have had a long involvement with environmental research, we think this is the first time oral historians have been involved as a key part of a large investigative hub.

Despite the disruption caused by the global pandemic, colleagues in Vietnam have carried out oral history interviews with older people based on a set of learning materials developed collaboratively and remotely from Newcastle. Analysis of the interviews continues along with further fieldwork in Bangladesh and India. We have also developed a new intergenerational approach within our oral history and aging international team along with the youth, livelihoods, and delta futures team. The focus of our contribution continues to be on memories of environmental change and continuity across generations and genders. Click here for more information on Voices of the Delta

The recalled and subjective experiences of delta dwellers are making a significant addition to attitudinal materials collected by development studies team-mates and scientific data collected by colleagues from engineering and physical geography. We continue to champion the inclusion of the voices and memories of delta dwellers in policy discussions that will shape the future of our planet.

The project also promotes and supports data sharing and data reuse so that the Hub community can better understand how delta populations can achieve delta sustainability. This draws directly on oral historians’ knowledge and practice in archiving and data reuse. More on Living Deltas


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