Knowledge Exchange Projects

Every year the Centre will fund and support Knowledge Exchange projects between postgraduate researchers (PGRs) of colour and Centre partners that focus on racial justice.

Racial Justice

Knowledge Exchange describes collaborative work between university researchers and external partners which is of mutual benefit and produces new knowledge that contributes to positive social, cultural, and/or economic change.

These projects will enable PGRs to learn from people who have a wealth of experience in racial justice work. Partners will also benefit by engaging with the distinct expertise, experiences and skillsets possessed by PGRs. Ultimately collaboration between the two will generate new knowledge that furthers the cause of racial and social justice.

We encourage an expansive interpretation of what constitutes a “racial justice project”. For example, such work does not have to focus on interrogating oppression. It can instead involve imagining better futures, platforming and celebrating people of colour, or exploring forms of empowerment, community and relationship building. Projects may be exploratory, interdisciplinary and/or consider intersecting systems of power. They may also examine the processes, practices and positionalities which typically inform university partnership work. 


Key Information

£60,000 funding available per academic year

A maximum of £10,000 available per project

Each project takes between 4 to 6 months

Postgraduate researchers will be paid for their time

Training and support provided throughout the process

How to Get Involved

We currently fund projects between Centre partners and Postgraduate Researchers of colour at the University of Sheffield. If you are a PGR and would like to get involved in a Knowledge Exchange project, there are three main ways to do so:

1. Apply to take part in a Partner’s project by submitting an Expression of Interest form. Partner projects will be posted on this page.

2. Submit a join project application with a Centre partner.

3. Complete a Student Project Profile and informally share your project ideas with us. We will then help to develop your idea and potentially match you with a Centre partner

Previous Projects


Transracial Adoption in the UK: Education, Voice, and Racial Justice

There is a pressing need for resources that support adoptees of colour. Current adoption narratives often centre on adoptive parents, promoting white saviourism and neoliberal agendas. This focus undermines the needs and identities of adoptees and often ignores the trauma associated with adoption which is particularly significant for transracial adoptees, who frequently experience cultural dissonance and a lack of identity. 


FRINGE COP28 Project: Bridging Art, Science, and Climate Justice

The FRINGE COP28 project, a collaborative effort led by Rosa Cisneros, and PhD students Yousef Saddat and Yang-Sarah B Mohama, was a unique endeavor that addressed the elitist and oppressive structures of COP28. It posed the question, ‘What Can We Do In Sheffield?’ and invited responses through a series of public events, including workshops, panel discussions, and art exhibitions. Artists, researchers, schools, and community members all contributed their unique perspectives on local climate justice efforts. The project also saw the production of a short film and a children’s book, showcasing the diverse talents and interests of the team.

Past Projects

Anti-Racist Partnership Agreement

University processes play a significant role in reinforcing hierarchical power dynamics in partnership work. Creating more equitable processes is therefore a key priority for the

Past Projects

Decolonising Education

SHARE is a group of Sheffielders working together to advance anti-racist education in our city. They connect local staff working in education, governors, parents, unions, students, educationalists and anti-racists. In partnership, they share resources and good practice, and support others in areas such as curriculum development, training provision and whole-school development.

Past Projects

Emergent Reporting in Africa

In 2022 AVP collaborated with 2 postgraduate researchers, Teté Mausse and Stephen Aderinto, on their Emergent Report in Africa Project. This project sought to produce quality television, radio and articles which centred African narratives in stories that had previously received little coverage.

Past Projects

Hong Kong Future Diaspora Part II

‘HK Future Diaspora Part 2’ is the second cycle of ‘Performing Identities’, an ambitious project led by artist and filmmaker Eelyn Lee that explores what it means to be East and Southeast Asian [ESEA] in the UK today through collaboration with other ESEA artists and wider communities.

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