The Resilient Futures India Initiative (RFII) open partnership will build relationships between Indian and UK academic, civil society, policy and industry leaders to design durable solutions for enhancing lives, communities, and systems in contexts of uncertainty.
Through focused meetings with partners, RFII will understand the key resilience challenges facing India today, co-create programmes for research, and identify opportunities for intervention both in India and in the UK. The initiative will drive interdisciplinary research on resilience in areas such as urbanisation, gender equality, health, environmental sustainability, infrastructure and legal frameworks.
This multidisciplinary project aims to address the gap between law and policy and access to support services and justice for domestic violence victims in India. Despite legal initiatives to combat Domestic violence in India since 2005, civil society reports little progress in reducing the issue. As a result, women are turning to informal, non-legal strategies and networks in order to cope, build resilience and seek justice.
The project draws on existing civil society-academic partnerships across three key states: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Haryana. The team will critically examine how Domestic violence victim-survivors access legal and non-legal services across a continuum of rural-urban sites by engaging participatory and feminist legal research methodology. It is crucial to centre experiences and narratives of Domestic violence victims-survivors, this approach will enable us to understand the socio-economic and political context in which Domestic violence takes place and inform the development of evidenced based policy reform.
Dr Philippa Williams, Geography, Queen Mary University of London
Professor Shazia Choudhry, Law, Queen Mary University of London
Ajay Pandey, O.P Jindal Global Law School
Dr Girija Godbole, Institute for Technology-Bombay (now Mumbai)
This project was awarded funding under the British Academy’s GCRF 2019 Heritage, Dignity and Violence programme.
18 November 2019 - 17 November 2021.
This project in development concerns multi-sited and co-produced research on enhancing the resilience and mental health of children and adolescents through an integrated societal, school and family-based intervention. The research addresses emerging development challenges around mental well-being in UK, India and Kenya and a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.
The intervention builds on and expands previous models of life skills education to include an integrated family-based focus. This model of mental well-being emphasises family resilience as the driver for better mental health. With further funding this project will facilitate the development of a life skills education model that focuses on family-based approaches and resilience in the contexts of India and Kenya, and other Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, FRCPsych, CBE, Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London
Professor Debasish Basu, MD, DNB, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
Professor David Ndetei, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi and Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Sugandha Nagpal, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India
Dr. Victoria Mutiso, Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Philippa Williams, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
Dr. Shubnum Singh, Director Medical Education, Medical Research & Advisor- Healthcare Framework Max Healthcare Institute Ltd., India
Zelna Lauwrens, The Kids Life Studio® and The Kids Life Coach Academy, South Africa
Dr. Renjith R. Pillai, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatric Social Work, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
Kristin Hadfield, Lecturer in Positive Psychology, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London
Migration, mobility and displacement are critical social and structural determinants of health. Policy debates on migration and refugee health have witnessed a new momentum with recent developments at the World Health Assembly, including a resolution for member states to prioritise and strengthen migrant and refugee health within national contexts, the establishment of a global framework of priorities and guiding principles (2018), and a draft Global Action Plan (2019). Likewise, the recently adopted UN political declaration to achieve Universal Health Coverage: Moving together to build a healthier world reaffirms health as a precondition for sustainable development, and makes a strong commitment to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.
These two concurrent developments provide the context for our research and offer a useful context for convergence of two disparate fields of scholarship - health systems governance and that of migration governance - to enable a focus on building resilient health systems that have a universal premise and an equity and rights-oriented approach.
Both documents foreground a gender and social equity agenda aligned with the 'leave no one behind' goal enshrined in the sustainable development agenda; calling for an intersectional approach to examine 'who' are left behind and institutions and structures that underpin exclusion of specific populations groups (indigenous populations, poor, migrants) from healthcare.
Dr Anuj Kapilashrami, Senior Lecturer in Global Health, Queen Mary University of London.