STEG Newsletter - August 2022

Dear All,

As summer comes to a close, STEG is preparing for its annual Theme Workshops along with further funding calls of all sizes closing in the coming weeks. Don't miss out on these great opportunities!

The STEG Theme Workshops 2022 are taking place throughout September. Register below to hear some of the latest research coming out of the field!

The Fifth Small Research Grants Call and Fourth PhD Research Grants Call are closing next Monday! Make sure to apply for a grant up to £25,000!

The Third Larger Research Grants Call is open for one more month! This is the second-to-last call for LRGs up to £100,000 and will close 3 October. Don't let the opportunity to apply pass!

New projects have been funded under the Fourth Small Research Grants Call and Third PhD Research Grants Call. Check out the latest grants below!

The STEG Working Paper Series has released eight more papers this August! Find more details online and in our biweekly working paper newsletters.

Proposals from the Third and Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call are currently under evaluation.

Lastly, don't forget to get all the dates for upcoming calls and events in your calendar!


The STEG Team

STEG Theme Workshops 2022 - Register Now

The STEG Theme Workshops are taking place online throughout September 2022, kicking off on Thursday, 8 September.

Find more information about the workshops here, including links to the programmes and registration.

Fifth Small Research Grants Call and Fourth PhD Research Grants Call

STEG invites applications to the fifth call for proposals for Small Research Grants and fourth call for proposals for PhD Research Grants.

SRGs of between £10,000 and £25,000 can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and potentially research stipends/teaching buyouts. Grants also support travel to field sites, even when secondary data is utilised. We view this kind of travel (with the possibilities for field visits and conversations with policymakers) as particularly important for researchers who lack prior experience in the countries that they intend to study.

While PhD students are eligible to apply to our Small Research Grant calls, we are also issuing a special call exclusively for PhD students in order to encourage broader participation in the programme. PhD Research Grants up to £15,000 are essentially equivalent to SRGs and fund similar activities.

Deadline: 23:59 BST, 5 September 2022

Third Larger Research Grants Call

STEG invites applications to the third call for proposals for Larger Research Grants (LRGs). This will be the penultimate LRG call under the STEG programme. The fourth and final call for LRGs will be opening in April 2023.

LRGs of up to £100,000 can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and teaching buyouts, or relevant remuneration practices, for the principal investigator and co-investigators from partner institutions. Grants also support travel to field sites, even when secondary data is utilised. We view this kind of travel (with the possibilities for field visits and conversations with policy makers) as particularly important for researchers who lack prior experience in the countries that they intend to study.

For this funding call, the £100,000 cap will be relaxed for projects with extraordinary data collection costs in low-income countries. In order to study questions around structural transformation, productivity, and economic growth in low-income countries, there is a clear need for access to improved data and we recognise the substantial costs related to these projects. As with all projects focused on data collection, we expect the data to be made publicly available by the end of the grant. While no fixed limit has been placed above the £100,000 cap, the additional budget must be within reason and clearly justified.

Deadline: 23:59 BST, 3 October 2022

New Projects: Fourth SRG Call and Third PhD Call

A further twenty-three projects have been funded across our Fourth Small Research Grants Call and Third PhD Research Grants Call. Our new Small Research Grants are:

  • Jubril Animashaun and Lotanna Emediegwu – Structural Transformation and Women’s Work: Evidence from Rural-Urban Sectoral Affiliations among Nigerian Households
  • Pierre Biscaye and Abdulrasheed Isah – Flood Shocks and Labour Reallocation in Nigeria
  • Jing Cai, Wei Lin, and Adam Szeidl – Effects of Referring Business Partners on Firm Networks and Performance (China)
  • Arnaud Dakpogan, B. Kelsey Jack, and Megan Lang – Understanding Interlocking Barriers to Electrification: Evidence from Subsidised Prepaid Meters in Benin
  • Lawrence Edwards, David Fadiran, and Godfrey Kamutando – Persistence in Employability and Wages of Youth Post-Wage Subsidies: Matched Firm-Employee-Level Evidence from South Africa
  • Nezih Guner and Diego Restuccia – Poverty within and across Countries (multi-country)
  • Andrew Kerr – Firm Size and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (multi-country)
  • Adeel Malik and Rinchan Ali Mirza – Canals and Development: Evidence from Pakistan
  • Pamela Medina, Sebastian Sotelo, and Daniel Velasquez – Trade in Appliances, Household Production, and Labour Force Participation (Peru, multi-country)
  • Farid Farrokhi, Elliot Kang, Heitor Pellegrina, and Sebastian Sotelo– Deforestation: A Global and Dynamic Perspective (multi-country)
  • Kevin Donovan and Alex Rivadeneira – Family Firms and the Evolution of Production and Labour Networks (Ecuador)
  • Kasper Vrolijk – The Effect of Foreign Entry and Market Power on Workers and Firms: Evidence from South Africa

Our new PhD Research Grants are:

  • Patricia Agyapong – Natural Resource-Driven Structural Transformation and Economic Growth in Ghana: Optimising Backward and Forward Linkages (Ghana)
  • Ulugbek Aminjonov – Climate Shocks, Culture, and Intra-Household Redistribution: Evidence from Malawi
  • Oliver Kim and Joel Ferguson– Unlocking the Chinese Miracle with Historical Satellites
  • Jiaqi Li and Qianxue Zhang– Structural Transformation and Female Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa (multi-country)
  • Lisa Martin – The Food Problem and Structural Change in Partially Open Economies (Kenya, multi-country)
  • Geetika Nagpal and Sahil Gandhi – Impact of Land Use Regulations on Housing Supply: Evidence from India
  • Moritz Poll – Rural Market Coordination (Kenya)
  • Celina Proffen – How Does Technological Progress Matter for Intra-Household Resource Allocation at Early Stages of Development? Evidence from Ethiopia
  • Matthew Ribar – Who Wants Property Rights? Conjoint Evidence from Senegal
  • Fatou Thioune – Understanding Disparate Structural Change and Growth among Sub-Saharan African Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Senegal and Mauritius
  • Florian Trouvain – Urban-Rural Wealth Gaps, Human Capital Risk, and Aggregate Savings along the Development Path (China)

Further information on these projects will soon be announced on the STEG website.

New Papers under the STEG WP Series

Eight new papers have been published under the STEG Working Paper Series in July:

If you would like to submit your paper to the STEG Working Paper Series, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

Working papers that have been produced through STEG-funded projects are included in the series and we welcome papers from researchers directly affiliated with STEG as well as researchers' papers that have been presented at STEG-funded events including our Annual Conference and Theme Workshops.

Important Dates

Calls under Evaluation

  • Third and Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call - decisions expected by mid September

Open Calls

Opening Soon

  • Fifth Ideas for Transformation Call - opens early October

Find a provisional call timeline for future calls here.

Upcoming Events

If you have any questions, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

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