PARC’s work spans three core functions:
Promote transformation in research collaboration with Africa
- PARC will develop inquiry, debate and thought-leadership on partnership models that overcome inequities and yield action and change, by articulating principles, standards and ‘how to’ guidance for practice.
- PARC will apply such practice to catalysing and nurturing capstone programmes of transformative research and policy engagement that are regional in scope and oriented, initially, around three substantive areas:
- Care systems and economies to harness Africa’s demographic transition
- Realizing Africa’s ICPD25 commitments to advance the sexual and reproductive health and the rights of the continent’s young people and women
- Innovations in future management of water, sanitation and hygiene
Across these areas, we envisage bringing to bear critical perspectives from Bristol’s work on migration and mobilities, cities and urbanisation and poverty.
Facilitate mutual skills and knowledge sharing
- PARC will connect African scholars and innovators with relevant UoB disciplines, through visiting fellowships or tailored exchange schemes
- PARC will involve the UoB in existing and emergent Africa-led initiatives to expand and grow institutions of research and higher learning, and to nurture the next generation of research leaders in the continent.
Enable engagement with Bristol’s Africa-focused expertise
- PARC will facilitate and convene a ‘community of interest’ and stimulate critical debate with scholars, students and others within the UoB and in Bristol’s black communities who are working on, or interested in African issues
- PARC will curate and showcase existing UoB Africa facing scholarship at Bristol through its web platform (parc.bristol.ac.uk)