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Dr. Jana Hönke receives ERC Starting Grant

30 August 2017

Dr. Jana Hönke, associate professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow in International Relations at the University of Groningen, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of EUR 1,5 million for her research project: Africa’s ‘Infrastructure Globalities’: Rethinking the Political Geographies of Economic Hubs from the Global South’.

In total four University of Groningen researchers have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Besides Jana Hönke from the Faculty of Arts, Irma Mosquera-Valderrama and Panos Merkouris from the Faculty of Law, and Tina Kretschm from the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Siences received an individual grant to fund their projects.

Jana Hönke
Jana Hönke


Dr. Hönke will invest the grant in the new 5-year INFRAGLOB research team, which will investigate how models and experiences of actors from the Global South (i.e., Africa, Asia, Latin America) redefine the governance of economic hubs globally. The INFRAGLOB team will analyse the ideas driving Chinese and Brazilian management of large-scale port and mining projects, and conduct multi-sited ethnographic research in Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil and China to establish how these concepts are enacted, negotiated and disregarded in practice. It will research how this is affected by transnational mobilisation and infrastructure controversies across Africa, Brazil and China. Finally, it will establish how these new actors and practices change existing attempts of globally regulating transnational business from the bottom-up. As such, this project will provide a unique understanding of how the Global South changes practices of governance and business-society relations in a multipolar world.

About ERC

ERC supports talented young researchers in setting up a research team and starting an independent research project. The Advanced Grants are open to established academics of all nationalities and all ages. An ERC grant enables these researchers to start bold, groundbreaking research and thus open up new avenues in their field of study.

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