Artweeks 2016: a vivid portrait of ODID research in action

In May 2016, the department took its research to the public in a visually engaging way with an exhibition of fieldwork photos titled ‘Global Engagement’ as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks.

The exhibition included 42 photos taken by our staff and students or by collaborators in our study countries and portrayed research on topics as varied as teenage marriage and parenthood in Peru, economic innovation in Ghana, gender differences in diet in India and refugee entrepreneurship in Kenya.

It focussed in particular on key recent findings from three of our research groups around refugee innovation, childhood poverty and poverty measurement. But it also showcased the geographical scope and topical breadth of our work with fieldwork photos from across the range of subjects and countries we study.

Just over 100 visitors saw the exhibition, coming from as far away as Minneapolis, USA, and from as near as New College School, just over the road. The display also opened up our work to visitors from within the University and helped staff and students from the department itself to get a better understanding of the full range of research being carried out here.

Visitors commented that the exhibition was 'eye-opening' and offered 'fascinating insights' into our fieldwork, was 'an excellent exercise with a comparative perspective' and was 'inspiring of hope'.

Oxfordshre Artweeks is an annual event during which artists and craftspeople across the county open up their studios to exhibit their work to the public.

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Photo: Jenny Peebles, IMI