Two examples of projects in the "Mobility" call
"Mobile Mosquitoes – understanding the entangled mobilities of Aedes mosquitoes and humans in India, Mexico, Tanzania and Germany" (Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel, University of Bayreuth, together with local researchers in the countries mentioned)
This project aims to compare the mobility of Aedes mosquitoes, which play an important role in the transmission of diseases such as dengue, chikunguja or yellow fever, with the small and large scale movements of people, for example when fetching water or through international transport. The project will investigate how human patterns of socio-economic mobility contribute to the spread of mosquitoes, including their eggs and larvae. The Asian tiger mosquito has long since arrived in Germany. The diseases it transmits continue to pose a major challenge to people and health systems, particularly in countries of the Global South.
"Mobility Regimes of Pandemic Preparedness and Response (MoREPPaR): The Case of Covid-19" (Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger, FU Berlin, together with local researchers in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Korea)
On the example of corona, the researchers want to investigate how different countries are countering the epidemic with different approaches to restricting and monitoring mobility – and the social, economic and political repercussions. This ethnographic study aims to highlight the unequal individual and collective costs of immobilization – and the privileges of mobility – within and between countries. It aims to explore the practices and narratives of freedom and responsibility in order to improve prevention measures against future epidemics.
Cooperation between European foundations – Global Issues
The "Mobility" call is the third thematic call for proposals in the frame of the Volkswagen Foundation’s "Global Issues" funding initiative. The funding for global health research is provided by four European foundations. The first 15 grants are distributed as follows:
- Novo Nordisk Fonden: 5 projects
- Wellcome Trust: 4 projects
- Volkswagen Foundation: 4 projects
- Fundación La Caixa: 2 projects