The University of Southampton

Research Mobility Programme

The Research Mobility Programme (RMP) offers early career researchers (PGRs, postdocs and junior faculty members) the opportunity to visit one of the international WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) partners in Europe, Americas, China, South East Asia and Australasia to establish and cultivate research links at an institutional and individual level.

Research Mobility Programme

Since the programme began in 2001, Southampton alone has made over 100 awards and many former awardees credit the programme with having had a significant impact on their research and on their career development in an international context. One recent awardee described their visit as the ‘best decision of [his] PhD’ and another as a ‘tremendous opportunity’.

You can watch a video recording of the RMP briefing held on Monday 13th October 2014 below.

Key facts

List of partner institutions

The Research Mobility Programme funds early career researchers (senior PGRs, postdocs and junior faculty members) to visit one of the international Worldwide Universities Network partners:

University of Alberta, Canada
University of Auckland, New Zealand
University of Basel, Switzerland
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Cape Town, RSA
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Maastricht University, Netherlands
University of Ghana, Ghana
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
University of Rochester, USA
University of Sydney, Australia
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
University of Zhejiang, China
Renmin University of China, China

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

If you would like to visit a different University, please consider other funding opportunities.

Who can apply?

Awards are on offer to postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) students, postdoctoral fellows and academic staff members who are at an early stage in their careers. You will need to contact us to discuss your application if you are in your nominal or third year of your PhD, as an award will not be made it may negatively impact a candidate's ability to complete their thesis.
Staff who have previously been successful in securing another WUN Fund support are eligible to apply for funds for an entirely different project after two years from the first award.


For the academic year 2016-17 we will run two calls for applications ending at 2pm on 30 November 2016 and 15 March 2017.

Back to the top

Where to submit the proposals

Please visit our website to download the application form and application guidelines.

Back to the top

Successful projects March 2016.

Dr Matthew Barr

Dr Matthew Barr - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Science - Politics and International Relations: 'Post-war policy planning impacts on causes of civil violence: Iraq, insurgency and rise of ISIS' Host University: University of Auckland

Building upon my PhD research about how path dependence effected the construction of post-war planning for Iraq, the proposed research looks at how these path dependent effects then impacted in how policy was implemented in post-war Iraq and how this related to the rise of civil violence and terrorism.

Dr John Boswell

Dr John Boswell - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Science - Politics and International Relations: 'Cure-all or placebo? The promises and perils of institutionalizing preventative health.' Host University: University of Auckland

Traditionally, health services have been 'sickness services'. Now, the 'epidemic' of lifestyle disease has policymakers looking towards upstream prevention. England, Australia and NZ recently established arms-length bodies dedicated to preventative health. But has institutionalization solved the problem? This project investigates the challenges of institutionalizing preventative health in practise.

Miss Wang Ning

Miss Wang Ning - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences - Gerontology: 'Social change and family support in China - a study of China's 1940 - 1960 cohorts from a life course perspective' Host University: Zhejiang University

This research uses mixed methods to investigate the impacts of social and demographic change on family support amongst three cohorts of chinese elders, born in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. The results will shed light the future old-age family support situations and inform reform of social support system in China.

Ms Melanie Siegburg

Ms Melanie Siegburg - Ocean and Earth Sciences: 'Tectono-magmatic activity at Boset volcanic complex in Main Ethiopian Rift.' Host University: University of Bergen

My PhD project in East Africa is about how volcanoes form and evolve in areas where tectonic plates drift apart. Specifically, I am completing a detailed geological-structural map and analysing the tectonic movement and geochemistry of lava flows. Results will inform us about past activity and allow the assessment of potential future hazards.

Dr Alan Smith

Dr Alan Smith - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences - Geography and the Environment: 'Spatiotemporal population modelling in Western Australia.' Host University: University of Western Australia

This project aims to assess the extent to which time-specific population estimated can be developed within an Australian context. It will focus on the application of the Population 24/7 modelling tool, originally developed and applied in the UK. This will be the first international application to test the models framework.

Current Projects

Mr Marcello Mazzetti

Marcello Mazzetti - Humanities - Music - 'The 21-cent Early Music Matrix: Encoding techniques and database as philological and analytical tools' - Keywords: computational music analysis, renaissance music philology, digital humanities - Host University: UMassAmherst

The aim is to develop long-term cooperation between UoS and UMassAmherst, participating in "Tasso in Music" project, an international-leading research project across Humanities involving scholars from the US and Europe with the technical support of Stanford University, and focussing on ultimate editorial methods and digital encoding techniques in music.

Mr Sukru Yigit Soncul

Sukru Yigit Soncul - Faculty of Law, Business and Art (Winchester School of Art) - 'Contagious and immunising images: Mask, medium and body' - Keywords: mask, cultural techniques, visual culture - Host University: University of Sydney

Images of masks - employed by activists and Ebola fighters alike - are central to 21st century visual culture, which is characterised by the technological-aesthetic condition of global connectivity. This research investigates contemporary cultural techniques of mask and masking, particularly in political and biomedical contexts, from an image studies perspective.

Mr Livio Ticli

Livio Ticli - Humanities - Music - 'Digitally-enhanced performance: recreating and recontextualising music through media and philological e-editions included in a worldwide database' - Keywords: digital humanities, early modern culture, renaissance music and poetry databases - Host University: UMassAmherst

The aim is to establish a long-term relationship between Southampton University and UMass Amherst (Five College Consortium) enhancing the existing links by cooperating to a new database related to early modern culture, poetry and music, which will provide an open-access and interactive platform to historians, literary scholars and performers worldwide.

Mr Francesco De Lucia

Francesco De Lucia - Physics - 'Periodically poled optical fibres for frequency comb generation in nonlinear dispersive resonators' - Keywords: nonlinear optics/photonics - Host University: University of Auckland

Optical frequency combs are made of thousands of equally spaced spectral lines, each an ultra-stable laser in its own right, which have had revolutionary impact on fields ranging from the detection of extra-solar planets to precision metrology (Physics Nobel prize 2005). The goal of this project is to develop novel, highly efficient quadratic frequency combs in collaboration with experts in Auckland. These will be based on the poled optical fibre technology that I have recently developed at the ORC.

Miss Clementine Chirol

Clementine Chirol - Ocean and Earth Sciences - 'Morphological evolution of restored wetland habitats' - Keywords: wetland, restoration, morphology - Host University: University of Sydney

We will compare the morphological development of recreated wetlands in the UK and in Australia using remote sensing elevation data, in order to verify whether restoration design guidelines are internationally applicable.

Mr Andrew MacLachlan

Andrew MacLachlan - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences - 'Examining the current state, pressures and the potential risks of urban expansion in the Perth Metropolitan Region (PMR)' - Key Words: sustainable development, environmental risk, remote sensing - Host University: University of Western Australia

This project explores the current state, pressures and potential environmental and socio-economic risks of further urban expansion within the Perth Metropolitan Region through an interdisciplinary approach combining satellite and aerial imagery, socioeconomic datasets and participant interviews. Outputs will permit planners to make more informed decisions regarding future, sustainable development.

Find out more about completed projects since 2006.

Incoming faculty and student visitors

The University of Southampton is pleased to host incoming Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) visiting research students and faculty members under the Research Mobility Programme.

If you are a student or a researcher at a WUN member institution and are interested in visiting Southampton, you may be able apply to WUN at your home institution for research mobility support. In addition, you would need to:

Back to the top

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.