Double success at the Making a Difference Awards

12 May 2017

Dr Joanne Jordan and Hamza Arsbi both received awards for their work.

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Dr Joanne Jordan and master’s student Hamza Arsbi both received prizes at the Making a Difference Awards.  The awards are hosted by the Office for Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester and recognise staff and students who make an impact on the social well-being of our communities and wider society.

Dr Joanne Jordan, from the Global Development Institute, won the Outstanding Public Engagement prize for her project The Lived Experience of Climate Change: A Story of One Piece of Land in Dhaka. The project uses indigenous performance theatre to increase public engagement and awareness of the everyday realities of slum dwellers living with climate change in Dhaka. A documentary of the performances has been viewed over 100,000 times and has been screened at The Manchester Museum and Rich Mix London.

Prof Diana Mitlin, Managing Director of the Global Development Institute commented: "I am delighted for Joanne that she has won this award. She has demonstrated how research can be communicated in new and innovative ways and she has worked closely with disadvantaged communities in Bangladesh and with theatre groups to bring key messages about problems and solutions to climate change."

Hamza Arsbi, who is currently studying at the Global Development Institute for an MSc in International Development, received the Outstanding Contribution to Social Enterprise award for his work with The Science League. The Science League is an educational organisation in Jordan which works to show the next generation how to leverage science to solve problems and improve society.


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