Find out more about the people involved with Brigstow.
The Brigstow Institute brings people together to undertake new experimental inter-disciplinary and co-produced research projects and partnerships exploring what it means to live well in the 21st century. Brigstow mobilises, connects and resources communities of curious minds seeking to re-imagine self and society through making creative interventions that they can showcase to the world.
Brigstow believes in researching with, not on, people. In exploring what it means to be human, lived knowledge and other expertise are valued alongside academic knowledge drawn from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The research projects we fund have co-production at their heart: they involve those outside the university (creatives, charities, businesses) as core members of research teams, co-designing and co-producing the research together. We support our diverse research teams to work equitably, learning from each other and valuing the fact that different knowledge lies in each of us.
We know dynamic research needs space and trust to grow. Brigstow creates a nurturing and open space for research teams to delve into knotty questions that hope to uncover meaningful ways of living well and mobilise deeper change within society. We provide initial funding to high-risk, experimental research teams enabling extraordinary ideas to emerge.
In addition to our events, workshops and Ideas Lunches, we are always ready to explore new ideas and partnerships across the city, the UK and internationally. We would love to hear from you if you have ideas for research projects around Brigstow’s main aims or around the following:
- Liveable and playable cities and putting citizens at the heart of cities.
- Projects that co-work with and complement the remit of Bristol’s other University Research Institutes: Cabot Institute, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Jean Golding Institute.
- The creative and cultural economy, and in particular those that draw in commercial companies, the heritage sector and/or involve arts/engineering collaborations
How do we support new research being created?
- Ideas Exchange funding brings academics and external partners together to explore a potential shared area of research and co-design a research project.
- Seedcorn funding brings academics and external partners together to experiment with a shared research question through a process of critical making.
- Writing retreats enable seedcorn projects to reflect on their research and co-write together.
Find out whats going on in the Brigstow Community on our Blogsite.
We hold events throughout the year. Come along to meet new people, and explore new ideas.