Respond to real-world issues

An opportunity to make creative contributions to desertification & rural regeneration research.Three fully funded research placements in Portugal’s UNESCO Geopark Naturtejo will focus on the fascinating village of Idanha-a-Velha. Placements will enable researchers to creatively engage with the unique traditions, culture and history of this area including its living traditions, local environment and more recent history of migration and economic change.

Researchers from across the arts and humanities are also invited to make proposals that creatively combat the problem of land and human desertification. A selection of these will be included in an exhibition and major international conference in Portugal that will be held at CCR – Centro Cultural Raiano next June 2013, with funding available for up to fifteen people to go and present their work.


Design for Desertification is led by the Senior Architect Cristina Rodrigues and is affiliated to a wider research programme in the region. Participants from any university or discipline are welcomed to the project but researchers working in design, visual arts, landscape architecture, museums or archives may find particular interest in it.

Three-week placements will be carried out between October 2012 and June 2013 in preparation for the June 2013 exhibition and conference. For further information, register your interest now.

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