Strategic Priorities Fund Projects

IICE is running three, short term, Strategic Priorities Fund Projects, working at the intersection of humanities and policy formation.

  1. In Joseph Emidy’s footsteps: BAME Cultural Contributions in the West Country
  2. “Rural culture”:  Social Discourse and the Framing of Policy
  3. Public Policy and Climate Change: the Contribution of Humanities and Culture

These projects, undertaken in direct partnership with policymakers, aim to activate dialogue, promote the exchange and emergence of knowledge and equip academics to initiate evidence-based research; particularly with a view to better understanding local, regional or national challenges and informing policy. 



In Joseph Emidy’s footsteps: BAME Cultural Contributions in the West Country

“This project aims to help artists and cultural producers of Colour in the west country to get better access, improved conditions and greater understanding from councils, from the private sector and from this university. Alongside that we aim to help people in the university understand the sector better, and create links that will last. We’ll do that through desk-based research, an online seminar, and a position paper.”

– Dr Ghee Bowman, Project Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow



“Rural culture”, social discourse and the framing of policy

Image of rural countryside. To the left is a green field, to the right is a harvested field and down the centre is a dirt road.

“Research towards the end of the last century, particularly by humanities scholars (cultural geographers, historians and those involved in heritage studies) largely debunked the notion that there is a dominant ‘culture’ across rural parts of England. Despite this research, and the acknowledgment of it by policy actors, the notion of a dominant rural culture remains strong in public discourse and can be witnessed in debates as diverse as the BREXIT referendum and the ban on foxhunting.  This project refocuses this issue and explores how this discourse  – with its history and its current prevalence – influences policy, searching for meaningful areas of future research that will help improve understanding and dispel any ‘myths’ attached to rural culture. Through reinvigorating this debate we hope to help drive rural policy that is more aligned to the diversity of rural issues.”

Dr Andrew Clappison, Project Coordinator and Research Fellow.



Public Policy and Climate Change: the contribution of Humanities and Culture

“This project aims to explore and highlight what the humanities can offer to inform policy responses to climate change. The main task is to consider what cultural resources exist for combatting climate change, and the subsequent policy recommendations from these resources. The project shall draw upon the research currently being undertaken at Exeter.”

Dr Joshua Wells, Project Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow.