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Nov. 22, 2022

University of Glasgow academics awarded €4.7m in ERC grants

University of GlasgowAcademics from the University of Glasgow have been awarded grants worth €4.7 from the European Research Council.

These prestigious ERC Starting Grants have been awarded to three Glasgow academics – Dr Suzannah Rihn from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR), Dr Anna de Jong from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Dr Lorenza Fontana from the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Dr Suzannah Rihn, a virologist, has been awarded €1.9m to improve understanding of how new coronaviruses might transmit between rodents and humans. She explains, “Our research will seek to improve the world’s understanding of the potential for a new coronavirus transmission between rodents and humans. Ultimately, we hope this work can improve preparedness, and efforts to help prevent another devastating pandemic.” She continues, “I’m very grateful to the ERC for this funding and look forward to using our work to improve our understanding of how coronaviruses emerge in the human population.”

Dr Anna de Jong has been awarded €1.3 million to carry out the JUST TOUR project which will increase knowledge of the impacts of tourism development on the residents and community rights, particularly in the EU and the UK. She explains, “This research hopes to bring attention to the injustices experienced by residents in tourism dominant regions and will also work to develop solutions to these injustices.”

Dr Lorenza Fontana, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, has been awarded €1.5m to carry out a cross-continental study of the political drivers of wildfires, focussing on the Global South. Dr Fontana says, “The likelihood and extent of extreme fires are increasing worldwide. This project will be a timely contribution to understand and explain how politics, broadly defined, shape wildfires and vice versa.”

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Content added on 22nd November 2022. 

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