Hello Shenzhen: Researching the Ethics of Makerspaces

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The AHRC in collaboration with the British Council are inviting applications to further academic research into the Chinese Maker movement.

As part of the British Council’s ‘Hello Shenzhen’ residency exchange programme, which connects makers in the UK and China, this call invites applicants for a hands-on, immersive, and collaborative research into the ethics of makerspace.

Research aims include developing knowledge exchange networks between the UK and China, analyse the impact of international exchanges on makerspace ethics, and contribute to the development of policy.

Successful applications will take-up research residency in China, and will have access to working with numerous UK-based organisations to gain practical and participant-led research. Details of these organisations can be found in the call document.

As part of the AHRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund, this call seeks to contribute to the economic development and welfare of China, and must be compliant with Official Development Assistance policy.

For full information, please see the Hello Shenzhen: Researching the Ethics of Makerspaces call document. (PDF, 164KB)

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 29/01/2017

The deadline for submission is 10pm on 29 January 2017.


16 December: Call for academic research projects launched
29 January 2017: Deadline for submission of research proposals
Week of 30 January:

  • UK and Shenzhen makers announced
  • Panel meeting to assess academic research proposals

By 10 February 2017: Outcomes for academic research proposals
March 2017: Welcome event for Shenzhen makers, academics, UK host organisations and UK makers
3 March 2017: British Council/Maker Assembly global maker event in Edinburgh inviting makers and experts from China, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Mexico, Ukraine and the UK.
6-24 March 2017: Residencies in the UK and China
27-28 March 2017: Outreach events in Shenzhen


How to make an application

Applicants should submit a document of a maximum of 4-pages, outlining their approach to the research question, including relevant expertise and experience, along with a 2-page CVs for all named investigators to the following email address:


Further Information


Queries on the call should be directed to AHRC Strategy and Development Manager Dylan Law

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