2022 Routledge Area Studies Awards, Interdisciplinarity Award Winner
2022 Routledge Area Studies Awards, Interdisciplinarity Award Winners
Dr. Bojan Baća, University of Gothenburg, for the projects “Measuring Civic Engagement, Political Participation, and Social Activism in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards a Comprehensive Index” and “Ordinary Institutions, Extraordinary Actions: Towards a Process-Practice Oriented Approach to Postsocialist Civil Society Building.” The strong regional focus of Dr. Baća’s research project challenges a static view of the region, providing a deeper understanding of political action and democracy in the post-socialist arena. Demonstrating a serious engagement with, and fusion of, Political Science and Social Movement Studies, this interdisciplinary project engages with a broad range of sub-disciplines including political sociology, anthropology, and political geography.
Dr. Fernando Casal Bértoa, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK, for “Public funding of political parties: what is it good for?” The project has had demonstrable real-world impact at a policy level, with the research findings being of interest to policy makers, national governments, and think-tanks/transnational organisations capable of recommending change. Dr. Bértoa’s submission clearly outlined how his research has led to tangible changes in terms of the development of ODIHR guidelines on political party funding, and national legislation reform in Armenia.
“The Status and Significance of Èṣù in the Pantheon and Tradition of Yorùbá People” by Dr. Ọlásopé Oyèdìjí Oyèláràn, a retired linguist whose research focuses on the phonology and syntax of African languages and French, as well as on the vehicle of indigenous epistemology, particularly of Yorùbá and Yorùbá in the diaspora. This project makes an important contribution to our wider understanding of Yorùbá history and philosophy, and places the spotlight firmly on a people and area of the world that western academia tends to overlook.