September 3, 2020, by ahzsa
Dr. Anna Greenwood helps lead new project under the UNZA Nottingham collaboration agreement
Colleagues Murray Lark (Bio Science), Anna Greenwood (History) and Alison Mohr (Sociology) at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with University of Zambia have initiated an innovative research project “Towards transdisciplinary understanding of inherited soil surveys: an exploratory case study in Zambia”. The project was recently approved for funding by the Arts and Research Humanities Council as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) programme which forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It is a multidisciplinary project involving historians, social scientists and soil scientists from University of Zambia, University of Nottingham and Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI). The first meeting was held at University of Zambia in November 2019. The purpose of the inception meeting was to concretise objectives that each Working Group would work on in more detail and agree on the approach or methodology that would be used to achieve the set objectives. Overall, the project focuses on understanding inherited soil surveys in a multidisciplinary context of pedology and soil mapping; the history of the soil surveys in Zambia and the social issues that have influenced the soil surveys and related soil management practices. This understanding is fundamental given that the soil information is used for planning and implementation of almost all agricultural and land based related projects.