The White Rose Collaboration Fund was launched in October 2008 and is designed to support emerging collaborative activities across the three White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  We run two rounds a year, in Spring and Autumn, and award up to £11,000 per project with a total of 8 projects being awarded each year.

You can see how to apply here

For more information please contact Claire Pickerden 

Funded Projects

Marginalisation and the Law: Medieval and Modern

Just like in the modern world, medieval societies contained subordinate groups and individuals who were repeatedly relegated to the margins. While many of these groups have been the subject of extensive discussion, historians have paid far less attention to the methods by which marginal identities were created, identified, expressed,…

Imperial afterlives: The crisis of nation and citizen in historical perspective

The end of colonial empires in the twentieth century defined the world in which we live, yet we are only beginning to understand its historical significance. While scholars have long treated decolonization as leading inevitably to a global regime of independent nation-states, ‘Imperial Afterlives’ pioneers an important shift which…

White Rose Mucosal Drug Delivery Network

Drugs that are used to treat a variety of diseases are most likely swallowed in tablet-form or delivered intravenously to the patient. However, these routes have significant drawbacks, such as drug deactivation by enzymes in the liver or the repeated need for injections that have driven the search for…

New Frontiers of Palm Oil: Tackling the Multi-Dimensional Dynamics of Palm Oil Expansion in West Africa

During the past 25 years, global production of oils and fats increased by over 150% and palm oil accounted for most of the increase, ~30% of world production (USDA, 2016). Palm oil is an important commodity that is found in a variety of products from foods to cosmetics. However,…

Understanding Solidarity amid refugee crises

Recent refugee ‘crises’ have prompted shifts in discourses and practices about refugee protection in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The provision of sanctuary to refugees is an expression of humanitarian solidarity, a commitment to the idea of a common humanity. In most refugee contexts around the world, local…

Energy poverty and social relations: understanding vulnerability through secondary qualitative analysis

This project draws on a large body of existing (under-utilised) qualitative data to investigate the impact of households’ social relations on vulnerability to energy poverty (10 datasets, approximately 500 participants). Our expertise in energy poverty, vulnerability and secondary data analysis will allow us to investigate the emerging link between…

INUNDATION

ImproviNg coastal commUNity hazard AssessmenT usIng nOvel experimeNts (INUNDATION)

Global sea level is rising and it is likely that the rate of rise will accelerate, significantly threatening coastal communities. The “low elevation coastal zone” (land <10m above sea level) represents <2% of the Earth’s total land area but…

Microbial pollution in water sources under extreme weather conditions: modelling sediment-pathogen interactions

The transmission of water borne diseases under extreme weather events is a crucial issue with regard to public health in the UK and worldwide. Microbial pollution of water resources in response to these events occurs through different mechanisms including transport from land run-off, discharges from water treatment plants and…

Early Sleep in Children at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lead Academic; Dr Victoria Knowland (York)
Dr Heidi Christensen – Sheffield
Dr Anna Weighall – Leeds

This study has dual aims. The primary aim is to assess the feasibility of measuring sleep behaviour in infants at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unobtrusively, over a prolonged period of time. The secondary aim…

Novel approaches to targeting metastasis in breast cancer

Lead Academic: Thomas A Hughes (Leeds)
William J Brackenbury (York)
Ingunn Holen (Sheffield)

Substantial complementary expertise in breast cancer exists across the White Rose consortium, however, collaboration across all three universities has not previously been realised. Partnership between these centres, combining the range of high-level expertise available has potential to be sector…

Europe, migration and the new politics of (in)security

Lead Academic: Dr Alexandra Hall (University of York)

Dr Emma Briant (University of Sheffield)
Dr Deirdre Conlon (University of Leeds)

European countries face pressing problems in the wake of recent unprecedented levels of global forced migration. As a security and humanitarian issue, the migration crisis necessitates closer cooperation between and beyond European…

Assessing the appropriateness of existing model adaptation methods to the context of middle-income countries:

a case study on Taxanes for adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer in South Africa

Project Lead Abualbishr Alshreef (Sheffield)

Bryony Dawkins (Leeds)

Dr Matthew Taylor (York)

Economic Evaluations (EE) and more broadly Health Technology Assessments (HTA) are increasingly used to inform health care decision making worldwide. The traditional methods of conducting EEs…

Understanding public perceptions and experiences of low carbon building materials

Lead Academic Katy Roelich Leeds

Danielle Densley Tingley  Sheffield

Carolyn Snell  York

This project is a pilot study to explore public perception of low carbon building materials. It will investigate public understanding and perception of any direct benefits, co-benefits or drawbacks from using these materials, through a series of deliberative workshops. It…

Comparative Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas in the UK

Lead Academic Tom Lynch Leeds

Alistair Boxall York

Lorraine Maltby Sheffield

The potential mechanism for pollution of groundwater from shale gas production is through the contamination of groundwater with hydraulic fracturing fluids and gas (methane) from rock fractures and wellbore casing failure. There is significant uncertainty around the potential of this proposed mechanism…

Making Mouths: assessing the incorporation and survival of biological signals in oral biofilms

Lead Institution: York: Camilla Spelle

Sheffield: Dr Maria E Romero-Gonzalez
Leeds: Prof. Deirdre Devine,

Our aim is to develop a novel, collaborative, interdisciplinary research network on ancient oral biofilms. ‘Making Mouths’ brings together researchers from archaeology, microbiology, and bioengineering to explore the persistence of biofilms in the archaeological record and ultimately the impact…

Fostering and sustaining UK, multidisciplinary, family-focused care across the life-course

A White Rose collaboration in long-term condition management.

Lead Institution: Leeds:  Professor Veronica Swallow

Sheffield: Professor Penny Curtis
York: Professor Yvonne Birks

Care of persons with long term conditions (LTCs) is a key health-policy priority.  LTCs account for 70% of health/social-care spending.  In Better Value in the NHS (2015) the Kings Fund predicts…

Britain and Europe: The political economy of ‘Brexit’

Lead Institution: University of Sheffield: Scott RE Lavery

York: Professor Lucia Quaglia,
Leeds: Dr CharlesDannreuther 

Britain’s economic model is characterised by a highly flexible labour market, openness to trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), and a large, lightly-regulated financial services sector. As Britain embarks on the process of leaving…

Silent Speech: restoring the power of speech to people whose larynx has been removed

Lead Institution: University of Sheffield Dr Jose A. Gonzalez 

University of Leeds: Dr Andy Bulpitt
University of York: Dr Damian Murphy

Every year, some 17500 people in Europe and North America lose the power of speech after undergoing a laryngectomy. In Sheffield, we have recently demonstrated that it is possible to restore…

Low cost, long-term measurement of motor activity and REM sleep.

We will assemble expertise, personnel and facilities from across the WR network to develop and pilot a novel device for inexpensive and noninvasive sleep monitoring. This device has
important applications for clinicians and academics alike, but the focus of this project will be
to explore its use in the early detection…

Observing a changing atmosphere through educational air pollution gardens

Air pollution levels in the UK, and more widely across Europe, remain high enough to have significant impacts on the natural environment. In particular, atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition exceeds thresholds to prevent loss of sensitive and iconic plant species, while ozone (O3) levels exceed critical thresholds to prevent reduced…

White Rose Early Career Ethics Researchers (WRECERs)

WRECERs is a  network of early-career researchers at York, Leeds, and Sheffield, who work in ethics (broadly construed to include ethical theory, metaethics, applied ethics, and political philosophy).

Three key objectives of WRECERs are

(i) to foster the development of research networks across participating universities;

(ii) to facilitate production of high-level publications…

The socio-economic patterning of smoking and alcohol use and its implications for control policies in England

Both smoking and heavy alcohol consumption account for a significant proportion of mortality inequalities in England, with lower socio-economic status (SES) associated with higher mortality for tobacco and alcohol-attributable diseases . However, little is known about how drinking and smoking together contribute to these inequalities, and the implications of…

Travel and transport in the Country House

This project will take as its focus the theme of the next YCHP joint exhibition (projected for 2018/9) Travel and Transport in the Country House. The theme will challenge curators and academics to think creatively about the role of the country house in pioneering cutting-edge transport technologies; to explore…

Roughness modulation of Greenland Ice Sheet hydrology and ice-flow dynamics

Lead Academic – Andrew Sole  (Sheffield)

David Rippin (York)

Duncan Quincey (Leeds)

The contribution of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) to future sea-level rise is uncertain (IPCC, 2013).   Observations reveal the important role of water in lubricating the bed and enhancing ice-flow into oceans.  In Greenland, drainage of large…

Governance, identity and political economy in the North of England

Lead Academic – Richard Hayton (Leeds)

Dr Craig Berry (Sheffield)

Professor Martin Smith (York)

In the aftermath of the 2014 independence referendum in Scotland, critical questions are being posed about the nature of the constitutional settlement across the United Kingdom as a whole. While immediate attention has focused on the devolution of extensive…

Reduced-order spatio-temporal dynamical modelling and simulation of periprosthetic bone remodelling for joint replacements

Lead Academic – Lingzhong Guo (Sheffield)

Paul Genever (York)

Zhongmin Jin (Leeds)

Understanding periprosthetic bone remodelling is critical for improving the design of implants and aiding in clinical decisions.  Although it has been extensively used for the simulation of periprosthetic bone remodelling, the finite element (FE) method, particularly in three-dimensional simulation, can be…

Identifying and managing perinatal mental health in male partners using the Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) cohort

A White Rose Collaboration in Gender and Perinatal Mental Health

Lead Academic -Dr  Zoe Darwin (Leeds)

Dr Paul Galdas (York)

Dr Sharron Hinchliff (Sheffield

National and international policy recognises the need for perinatal services to involve and support fathers during and after pregnancy. Despite depression during pregnancy and the first postnatal year affecting…

Hearts of Oak: Caring for British Woodlands

Lead Academic – Amy Cutler (Leeds)

Sarah Rees Jones (York)

Felicity Stout (Sheffield)

The primary aim of this collaborative project is to create the first cross-institutional hub of its kind for interdisciplinary research into British woodlands. Bringing together established and emerging scholars across a wide range of disciplines––archaeology, environmental science, geography, history, literary/cultural…

Controlling diffuse pollution in urban areas using biofiltration systems

Lead Academic – Christian Berretta (Leeds)

Virginia Stovin (Sheffield)
Alistair Boxall (York)

This project focuses on opportunities associated with the application of biofiltration systems for stormwater management and water quality protection in urban areas.Biofiltration systems are landscaped SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) consisting of a vegetated surface layer, multi-layered growing media (0.7-1.0 m deep), and…

Neuroimaging as a marker of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Lead Academic – Tom Stafford (Sheffield)

Jac Billington (Leeds),

Antony Morland (York)

We will create a unique network of expertise, personnel and facilities from across the WR network in order to establish a novel biomarker of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Despite a high prevalence (up to 10% of children by some estimates), ADHD…

White Rose Chemical Biology Toolkits: Enabling the dissection of biomolecular interactions through chemistry

Lead Academic – Dr Martin A. Fascione (York)

Prof Jon Sayers (Sheffield)

Dr Deijan Zhou (Leeds)

Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is a powerful technique to study label-free, real-time biomolecular interactions, it is widely applicable to protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-ligand binding events. SPR use is limited in academic environments by the requirement that one…

Dementia, Cognition and Care

Lead Academic Professor Gail Mountain

Professor David Bunce (Leeds)
Professor Gillian Parker (York)

The aim is to develop a virtual centre of cross-disciplinary excellence in dementia research, focussed
on non pharmacological interventions. This will build upon White Rose strengths in cognitive
neuropsychology and applied psychosocial research in dementia, and work in partnership with
people living…

White Rose Network for the Interdisciplinary Study of Second Language Learning (NISSLL)

Lead Academic Heather Marsden (York)

Melinda Whong (Leeds)

Kook-­‐Hee Gil (Sheffield)

Language learning is currently in crisis in Britain, with declining student numbers and skills, to the detriment of business. Against this background, our aim is to create an interdisciplinary forum for dialogue between the White Rose Universities’ academic and professional language teaching and learning experts,…

Peace of Mind: Researching Mindfulness Based Approaches for Positive Mental Health in Children and Young People.

Lead Academic – Dr Siobhan Hugh-Jones (Leeds)

Dr Lisa Berry – (Sheffield)
Dr Pam Hanley – (York)

Child wellbeing in England is low compared to most developed countries and is of concern given its
association with poor social, psychological and economic outcomes,

In response, the WHO NICE  and the Chief Medical Officer have…

Policy for the Effective Realisation of Energy Storage in Grid and Transport Applications.

Lead Academic Prof. Tim Cockerill (Leeds)

Dr. Grant Wilson (Sheffield)
Dr. Samarthia Thankappan (York)

The White Rose Universities have developed a substantial portfolio of expertise applicable to the policy, environmental, techno-economic and socio-economic aspects of energy storage for grid and transport applications. Our expertise is comparable to that of the leading UK…

The Responsibility to Protect and Humanity: A Study on the Idea of Human Interconnectedness

Adrian Gallagher – Project Lead (Leeds)
 Garrett W. Brown (University of Sheffield)
Lars Waldorf (University of York)

The aim is to set up a White Rose Consortium for the Responsibility to Protect (WRCR2P) to help fulfil three objectives. First, establish interdisciplinary research (from the perspectives of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy) on…

Building Up Resilience in Supply Chains Network (BURNS)

Bob Doherty  – Project Lead (York)
Anne Tallontire (Leeds
David Oglethorpe  (Sheffield)

The sustainability of international agricultural supply chains is fast becoming an important issue. The World Bank (2012) forecasts that demand in the next five years for key agricultural commodities will outstrip supply due to several challenges including; climate change, volatile…

Energy and fuels from thermal chemical conversion of biomass

Chunfei Wu – Project Lead  (Leeds)
Vida Sharifi (Sheffield)
Vitaliy Budarin (York)

The aim: To explore the feasibility of a combining different novel methods of biomass pyrolysis with steam-air gasification as a potential route for the production of bioenergy carriers e.g. syngas and hydrogen.

The current issue: Gasification has potential as a major…

Evaluating Ecological Impacts of Soil Compaction using a Multidisciplinary Approach

Manoj Menon –  Project Lead (Sheffield
Andreas Heinemeyer (York)
Xiadong Jia (Leeds)

Soils provide a range of ecosystem services including food and fibre production, maintenance of biodiversity, storage of carbon, mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, attenuation of contaminants and provision of clean drinking water. Soil compaction has been identified as…

White Rose Centre for Employee Ownership

Andrew Pendleton – Project Lead  (York)
Andrew Robinson (Leeds:)
Peter Marsh (Sheffield)

The primary aim is to establish the White Rose universities as the leading centre for employee ownership research in the UK. Employee ownership has been a persistently vibrant area of scholarship over many years in the social sciences in the…

White Rose Studies of Ableism: Proposal for a new inter-disciplinary research collaboration

Dan Goodley – Project Lead (Sheffield)
Angharad Beckett (University of Leeds)
Parvaneh Rabiee (York)

Prof Dan Goodley (Sheffield) is co-ordinating a project which brings together researchers from the disciplines of critical psychology, education, sociology and social policy across the three universities to interrogate the ideology and practice of ableism. Hitherto, our research has engaged…

Caught in the act – novel approaches to preventing the crystallisation of amorphous materials

Mark Hodson – Project Lead (York)
Liane G. Benning  (Leeds)
John Harding (Sheffield)

Crystallisation and the transition from amorphous to crystalline states is an intriguing problem with important implications for the natural and engineered world. Many amorphous materials are inherently unstable; when synthesised in the laboratory they transform rapidly to stable crystalline…

Performing the Past: exploring the heritage of working-class communities in Yorkshire

Vicky Crewe –  Project Lead (Sheffield)
Jonathan Pitches (Leeds)
 Kate Giles (York)

This network will capitalize on the potential offered across WRUC to develop innovative multi-disciplinary methods for investigating and disseminating working-class histories (c.1800-1930), through collaboration with regional heritage organisations. Once regarded as being accessible only as the subjects of ‘official’…

Coastline Dynamics in an Increasingly Stormy World

Katherine Selby – Project Lead  (York)
Graeme Swindles (Leeds)
Mark Bateman (Sheffield)

A major impact of climate change is global sea-level rise and increased storminess which will impact on coastlines, coastal ecosystems and threaten coastal societies. A pole-ward shift in storm tracks and increased storminess in the Atlantic-European sector in the 1990s…

Migration and Economic Crisis: Responses of Brits at home and abroad

Majella Kilkey  – Project Lead (Sheffield)
Dr Neil Lunt (York)
Dr Louise Waite ( Leeds)

This project has the overall aim of developing a White Rose-led international research network on Migration and Economic Crisis, which will provide the platform for grant capture, publications and strategic PGR recruitment. Its specific objectives are to:
•…

Printable radiation curable dielectric layers for application in organic electronics

Long Lin – Project Lead  (Leeds)
Patrick Smith (Sheffield)
Stephen Johnson (York)

Organic electronic materials provide a new approach to fabricating light weight, flexible microelectronic devices which can be produced cheaply using large-scale production techniques such as reel-to-reel and inkjet printing. This project will investigate the development of a new low-cost fabrication…

Mental Health and Ageing Research: White Rose INitiative (MARWIN)

Dr. Praveen Thokala  –  Project Lead (Sheffield)
Mary Godfrey (Leeds)
Gillian Parker (York)

The project is addressing the key issues of mental health and wellbeing in ageing population through highly experienced and appropriately multidisciplinary team with expertise in health and social policy, health care and applied health and social research, statistical and…

From welfare to work: linking best practice in clinical and employability-focused research for claimants of disability benefits

Colin Lindsay  – Project Lead (York)
Nick Ellison (Leeds)
Stephen Kellett (Sheffield)

More than two million people of working age in the UK are out of work and claiming disability/incapacity benefits due to mental or physical health conditions. Recent policy responses have taken the form of restricted access to the main benefit,…

Towards more nutrient, carbon and energy-efficient agricultural systems

Les Firbank – Project Lead (Leeds)
Jonathan Leake (Sheffield)
Sue Hartley (York)

The overall aim of the project was to pump-prime collaborative agricultural systems research among the White Rose Universities, leading to the submission of at least one major collaborative grant proposal on increasing nutrient, carbon and energy-efficiency…

Governing Public and Private Security in Europe

Prof Adam Crawford –  Project Lead (Leeds)
Martin Smith (Sheffield –  now at York)
Adam White (York)

This project aims to establish a European network, led by White Rose Consortium member institutions, to constitute the basis for a bid for funds to undertake comparative research examining private security regulation in a European…

Understanding the effect of soil water stress on ecosystem-climate feedbacks

Lisa Emberson – Project Lead (York)
Stephen Sitch (Leeds)
Colin Soborne (Sheffield)

Co-ordinated by Dr Lisa Emberson (York), this project brings together scientists from a range of disciplines and expertise including; soil-vegetation-atmosphere transport, dynamic global vegetation modelling, palaeo-ecology and field experimentation to identify the most appropriate methods to assess soil-plant water relations….

Establishing the HUPKI mouse as an invaluable tool for cancer research

Monica Hollstein – Project Lead (Leeds)
Carl Smythe (Sheffield)
Jo Milner (York

Identifying new ways to inhibit cancer development is of critical import for health research.  Prof Hollstein (Leeds) will work with colleagues from Sheffield and York to establish a unique model for examining various aspects of p53 function and cancer development….

A new approach for indoor air pollutant measurements

Nicola Carslaw – Project Lead (York)
Dwayne Heard (Leeds)
Abigail Hathaway (Sheffield)
 Dr Nicola Carslaw (York) is coordinating a team of researchers on a project which aims to measure the concentrations of key chemical and biological pollutants indoors, many of which have only previously been inferred by modelling studies.  These concentrations will…

The Making of Medieval History

Graham A. Loud – Project Lead (Leeds)
Martial Staub (Sheffield)
Peter Biller (York)
 Prof Graham A. Loud (Leeds) co-ordinated a project on “The Making of Medieval History” which aimed to initiate an informed collective reflection on the impact of the knowledge and imagination of the Middle Ages in modern society.  The project…

Establishing a Centre for History of Philosophy (CHiPhi)

Michael Beaney – Project Lead  (York)
Alix Cohen (Leeds)
Robert Stern (Sheffield)

The White Rose Centre for the History of Philosophy (CHiPhi) will bring together staff and postgraduates from the three Universities to consolidate the wide-ranging expertise into a virtual centre for the History of Philosophy that exceeds the resources and expertise of any one UK…

Composite crystals; a key to understanding biomineralisation and engineering superior materials?

John Harding – Project Lead (Sheffield)
Fiona Meldrum (Leeds)
Roland Kroger (York)

Professor John Harding (Sheffield) will co-ordinate a team of researchers on a project entitled ‘Composite crystals: a key to understanding biomineralisation and engineering superior materials?’. The collaboration will bring together the unique and complementary expertise of research groups across the White Rose universities to investigate…

Risk, Resilience and Governance in an Age of Uncertainty

Martina McGuinness (Sheffield)
Evelyne Coles (Leeds)
Matthian Beck (York)

A project on Risk, Resilience and Governance in an Age of Uncertainty is being co-ordinated by Dr Martina McGuinness (Sheffield). Across the globe, civil protection has emerged as a significant policy concern in recent years driven by
issues such as…

White Rose IPBio Project

Gregory Radick –  Project Lead  (Leeds)
Aurora Plomer (Sheffield)
Tom Baldwin (York)

A project being co-ordinated by Dr Greg Radick from Leeds is taking advantage of existing international connections to forge opportunities for White Rose researchers. Dr Radick recently founded a network of researchers from the UK, USA, Germany, Italy and France, examining issues around patenting…

Hydrothermal microwave pyrolysis of microalgae

Andrew Rose –  Project Lead (Leeds)
Jim Gilmour (Sheffield)
James Clark (York)

Dr Andrew Ross from Leeds is to co-ordinate a project investigating whether microwave technology can provide an
effective means of producing biofuels or other useful oil-based products from algae. By combining Sheffield’s expertise on algae, microwave technology at York and Leeds’ research in biofuels, the…

Liberal Realism: Political Theory in an Age of Insecurity

Matt  Sleat – Project Lead (Sheffield)
Derek Edvane (Leeds)
Matt Matravers (York)

The White Rose Association for Political Philosophy (WRAPP) will create a formal network where informal connections already exist: the project’s co-ordinators, Dr Matt Sleat from Sheffield and Dr Derek Edyvane from Leeds, both gained their doctorates at York. Professor Matt Matravers, the lead academic…

Achieving Economic Recovery of the Resources Embedded in Wastewater

Nigel Horan  – Project Lead  (Leeds)
Adrian Saul (Sheffield)
Malcolm Cresser (York)