STEG Newsletter - January 2022

Dear All,

It has been a great start to 2022 with new funding calls opening and our annual conference taking place. On top of this, we hope soon to announce the outcome of a new group of projects and look forward to other events starting in the next month. 

Our Second Larger Research Grants Call opened this month. We welcome applications from all researchers working on structural transformation for grants up to £100,000.

The STEG Annual Conference 2022 was held 19 to 21 January. Catch up with recordings of all the presentations below.

The Wheeler Institute is offering a virtual course entitled “African History through the Lens of Economics” for the spring of 2022. Find out more and register below!

Our Third Small Research Grants Call, Second PhD Research Grants Call, and Second Ideas for Transformation Call are currently under evaluation with final decisions on all proposals expected to be returned in February.

Lastly, make sure to get all the dates for upcoming calls and events in your calendar!


The STEG Team

New Funding Call

STEG is inviting applications to the Second Larger Research Grants Call.

Larger Research Grants (LRGs) are awarded up to the value of £100,000. They are designed to fund research that cannot be covered by our Small Research Grants (SRGs). LRGs can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, teaching buyouts and travel to field sites.

Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low-income countries in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of our research themes. Other areas of interest may not fit cleanly into any of the themes but are centrally relevant to STEG and are also encouraged. Research proposals speaking to issues of gender, climate change and the environment, and inequality and inclusion will receive particular consideration.

Find more information on all our grants through the STEG funding page.

STEG Annual Conference 2022

The STEG Annual Conference ran from 19 to 21 January 2022 as a virtual event. Over the three days, we heard 35 fantastic presentations including two keynote addresses, nine full-length presentations, and 24 short speed-round presentations. The conference helped to demonstrate the breadth and quality of the latest research in this field and just how many avenues there are still to explore. While we look forward to when we can hold conferences in person again, it was great to see such a large audience joining from all around the world and we will endeavour to keep this a possibility in future years.

If you weren't able to attend the conference or if you would simply like to go back and review any of the presentations, you can find all related papers, slides, and recordings, where available, on the programme here. The programme will be updated as we continue to receive papers and slides. The latest programme can always be downloaded from the conference homepage here.

Virtual Course on "African History through the Lens of Economics"

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School has designed an interdisciplinary, open-access lecture series to study the impact of Africa’s history on contemporary development. The 10-week course led by Elias Papaioannou (London Business School), Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University) and Nathan Nunn (Harvard University) will feature leading experts and guest scholars across economics, history, political science, cultural anthropology, business and psychology to provide a forum of dialogue across multiple subject areas.

This course is open to students and professionals with an interest in economics, political science, history, sociology and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Supported by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Structural Transformation and Economic Growth Initiative (STEG).

Check out this video from the Wheeler Institute introducing the course and read this VoxEU article expanding on the motivation and need for a synthesis course like this. Find more information on the course website here. Registration can be found here.

Important Dates

Calls under Evaluation
Second Ideas for Transformation Call - decisions expected by early March
Third Small Research Grants Call - decisions expected by late February
Second PhD Research Grants Call - decisions expected by late February

Open Calls
Second Larger Research Grants Call - closes 28 February

Opening Soon
Third Ideas for Transformation Call - opens 1 February
Fourth Small Research Grants Call - opens March/April 2022
Third PhD Research Grants Call - opens March/April 2022
Find a provisional call timeline for future calls here.

Upcoming Events
Virtual Course on "African History through the Lens of Economics" - 1 Feb to 13 April

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