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UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER
Country: Norway
56 Projects, page 1 of 12
  • Funder: EC Project Code: 896298
    Overall Budget: 214,159 EURFunder Contribution: 214,159 EUR

    The overarching question Red & White asks is how has science and technology been leveraged to expand the wine industry globally in the 20th and 21st centuries and how has that shifted the taste of the wines as the climate warms? Answering this question requires a set of interdisciplinary methods. My training in the history of science and technology as well as my work in sensory history (particularly my theory of a historical palate) only allows me to answer part of the question. To fully answer the question, I need to develop new skills in digital history and material culture studies that are firmly rooted in the environment, which is why UiS it the best place for me to train and carry out the project. Given its interdisciplinary focus and contemporary implications, Red & White will appeal to a number of diverse communities including academics, industry professionals, hospitality managers and the general public to better understand how the climate crisis is reshaping the industry and the flavor of wine across the globe.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 794646
    Overall Budget: 208,400 EURFunder Contribution: 208,400 EUR

    Efficient transport structure is considered as fundamental for the economic growth and social cohesion of communities. Long-span suspension bridges have served to cross large physical barriers for decades as one of the most challenging structures in civil engineering. Several major suspension bridges are currently under planning; Coastal Highway E39 Route in Norway with floating foundation, Canakkale Bridge in Turkey, Tokyo Bay Bridge in Japan to name a few. The span length of suspension bridges has become longer with the advances in construction technologies, yet the bridge structures become more flexible and more prone to wind-induced vibrations, which are key concepts for the bridge design. For the construction of long-span bridges, huge material cost is required, and the reduction in material will be of great interest. The design optimization is a mathematical method of minimizing a cost function while satisfying structural requirements. Reliability Based Design Optimization (RBDO) performs design optimization while uncertainty in parameters are considered, producing more accurate optimum solutions; however, it has a drawback of high computational cost. In recent years, multi-fidelity optimization has attracted attention of researchers for a clear improvement of efficiency. The candidate has worked on RBDO of long-span bridges under probabilistic flutter in her thesis. She would like to expand her research by proposing multi-fidelity optimization method considering probabilistic wind-induced bridge vibrations accounting also for the hydrodynamics effects, and applying the method to on-going bridge projects. This research project is challenging for the incorporation of probabilistic buffeting and hydrodynamics effects. It is multidisciplinary involving in mathematical discipline of design optimization, wind, structural and marine engineering. This project will help to form efficient transport in the EU by providing method for the sustainable bridge designs.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 845343
    Overall Budget: 214,159 EURFunder Contribution: 214,159 EUR

    FictDial investigates the function and processing of dialogue in literary fiction in exchange with what we know about real-world conversational dialogue and, thereby, aims to bridge a gap between the current psycholinguistic and neuroscientific knowledge of verbal interactions (conversations) and literary research. Its starting point is the suggestion that reading literary fiction can augment our capacity for social inference and empathy. The project aims to understand 1) what could be learned from fictional (literary) dialogues about every day social interactions (objective 1), 2) how fictional dialogues are processed (objective 2) and 3) how these dialogues affect the knowledge of adults and adolescents about real-life social interactions (objective 3). It applies methods from different disciplines from qualitative, literary analysis to behavioral experiments and measurements of eye-movements. Fictional dialogues are studied with special attention to gender-specific ways of verbal interactions, and mechanisms of social learning are examined in relation to embodied experiences and immersion during reading. The project is hosted by the Norwegian Reading Centre, with a secondment at the University of Oslo, involving experts from education, empirical reading research, narratology and cognitive science. The proposed project includes activities of dissemination and communication to the academic sector but also to teachers, pupils, and policy makers. The research, training and publication activities of the project will enable me to enhance my profile as an independent researcher.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 276950
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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 101065243
    Funder Contribution: 226,751 EUR

    On May 23, 2014 in California, Elliot Rodger, aged 22 years and self-identifying as a member of the incel community, murdered six women and injured more than ten people by gunshot, stabbing and vehicle ramming, and also shared these acts on social media. Alek Minassian, a known member of the incel community, committed a vehicle-ramming attack on April 23, 2018 in Toronto and killed ten people, injuring more than 15. Rodger and Minassian shared the same motive: revenge for sexual and social rejection by women. Incels are involuntary celibates – a misogynist and antifeminist digital-based community with radical tendencies who commit public shaming of women (slutshaming) or feminicide. Defined as ‘misogynist violent extremism’ by many social scientists, these attacks have not only been observed in the US and Canada, but also in Europe. The social media play a major role for the incel community, helping them find allies or spread their views. Moreover, incels’ digital culture is very influential in broadcasting anti-feminist ideas. In this regard, incel communities create a visual culture in which feminicide and gender-based violence (GBV) are signified by heroic, nationalist, conservative symbols and discourses. In relation to other misogynist, extremist and/or alt-right (alternative-right) mobilizations (e.g. Proud Boys, ‘Unite the Right rally’) that take part in masculinist raising, incels take less violent action. Nonetheless, they are one of the most active communities conveying pro-violence and exclusionary ideas by sacralizing hatred towards women and feminism on a daily basis. Our research ‘Incel Norms and Masculinities’ (INCELNOR-MA) sheds light on how the incels’ anti-feminist and misogynist ideas are displayed via incel artefacts and aesthetics.

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