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Innovative research project asks what makes life liveable for LGBTQ people

Besi Besemar October 28, 2014

An international research project led by the University of Brighton will explore “what makes life liveable” for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) people.

Dr Kath Browne
Dr Kath Browne

The Liveable Lives project brings together academics and activists in the UK and India to identify innovative ways to create positive social change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ people.

The 18 month project is backed by £193,087 of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council. It will be delivered by Dr Katherine Browne of the University of Brighton and Dr Niharika Banerjea of the University of Southern Indiana in the USA, in partnership with Sappho For Equality, the Indian sexuality rights organisation.

Dr Katherine Browne, is Assistant Head of the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology.

She said: “We know from our previous research that LGBTQ people can face discrimination and inequality in all areas of life. While introducing legislation and policies to address these inequalities can make a difference, it is only one step we can take to improve the quality of LGBTQ people’s everyday lives.

“The Liveable Lives project will work closely will LGBTQ people to understand their experience of daily life and understand what action is needed to make their lives more liveable. Our aim is to provide an academic basis for sexuality rights activists LGBTQ people around the world”.

Liveable Lives is one of thirteen projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of its 2014 transformative research initiative. It is a participatory research project that will use a number of innovative ways to engage LGBTQ people including workshops, street theatre and the development of a mobile app.

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