The successful internal launch of PARC on 15 July saw reflections on our journey so far, its strategy and the relevance of its envisaged work from a number of University of Bristol friends and colleagues.
The launch also raised many thoughtful and thought-provoking questions on elements of PARC's work and approach. We list them here together with initial responses. Some answers are relatively straightforward, while others require more exploration and consultation within and beyond the UoB community. Yet others merit much more reflection and careful debate – debate we hope to nurture among the community of interest through discussion forums (virtual or in person) after the summer break.
Q1. Jaci Barnett: How can we also work with institutions to build real capacity around technology transfer/research commercialisation to ensure research utilisation? Click for answer
Q3. Morgan J Boardman: Is there an effort to engage cross pollination in engineering R&D to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions? Click for answer
Q4. Morgan J Boardman: What role can regional industry play in commercialising the solutions developed? How are the vertical and horizontal relationships being fostered? Click for answer
Q5a. Catherine Dodds: I wonder what your thoughts might be on PARC's potential role in policy influence regarding building 'genuine partnerships' between UK and African nations, given the findings from last week's report from the UK Lords' Committee on International Relations and Defence? Click for answer
Q6. Mark Neild: Is Perivoli likely to fund scholarships for African PGR students to come to Bristol? Click for answer
Q7a. Hind Saidani-Scott: Is it the whole of Africa which is going to be considered including North Africa or just some African countries? Click for answer
Q7b. Anon: Do your studies/contact/involvement with African countries, also include the North African countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt)? Click for answer
Q8. Ann Singleton: Colleagues in the Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB) Specialist Research Institute are engaged with partners in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and with the African Union (AU) on policy and the social challenges of migration and mobility. How could PARC best engage with these issues as well as with the challenge of COVID-19 and forced immobility? Click for answer
Q9. Anon: How can we ensure that we don't operate a deficit and colonial model approach to working with African countries (since they are all very different places)? Click for answer
Q10. Anon: How will PARC evaluate collaborations with researchers in Africa? Click for answer
Q11. Anon: Will PARC provide support or give advice for "basic" STEM research projects (e.g. human parasites or agricultural pests that increase inequality) involving Bristol and African researchers? Click for answer
Q12. Anon: Do you intend to leverage the African students/alumni network? If so, how? Click for answer