Outreach & Dissemination

Communication and public engagement strategy 


Communication and public engagement activities form a significant part of the network trainees’ activities. These include provisions of expert advice to government committees, dissemination of knowledge and expertise through the media and relevant policy formation bodies. Trainees utilise participants’ existing public platforms such as websites, e-communications and existing international interdisciplinary outreach projects in Africa and Asia on children and war as well as PO’s seminar and conference-based dissemination channels. 

Outreach activities


Community outreach

Trainees have played a prominent role in fostering dialogue with local communities through institutional outreach networks. These include dedicated research showcasing at institutional Open Days (UG, UL, UoB, UKLA, UR, UP, ASUL, BIK), specific events at secondary schools with pupils in their final years; RAISE [Raising Aspirations in Secondary Education] programme; subject taster workshops (UL, UUNL, UG, UoB, UKLA, UP, ASUL). ESRs have also contributed to their institutional public engagement through public lectures and seminar series. 


Network Open Days

Coinciding with ITN participation in Child and War Conference in Salzburg,(2016) and at the final Network Conference – to download the network open day brochure click here.

Outreach with interested stakeholders inside and outside academia 

This network consists of members well beyond academia, including governmental and non-governmental agencies, support groups and charities (GI Trace, War Babes, UNICEF, UN/OCHA, PRIO) within Europe and beyond. Trainees have shared their research results with the academic and non-academic communities, such as the above-mentioned charities and NGOs through the Birmingham-based open-access website linked to the network as well as, CHIBOW’s own website. In addition, a website-based virtual mailing list, linking academics, practitioners, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders facilitates communications and dissemination of research outcomes. 


Specific outreach projects with Partner organisations 

These include the BBC, FAPAD and INTERPERFORM, working with ESRs on projects that culminate in multimedia outputs, including a musical with CBOW / refugee children and accessible online guides on various aspects of CBOW.  


Newspaper articles 

Trainees have developed and published articles on progress, especially the post-conflict recovery actors in relevant regions.


Podcasts recorded by all ESRs about their research and research outcomes and published both through institutional and network websites, including the network’s YouTube channel.

Dissemination of research results 


The results are disseminated by a combination of conventional scientific methods, as well as via routes that seek to raise awareness of the relevant outcomes and issues. 


   These include:


  • publication of results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.


  • Oral and poster contributions by ESRs and supervisors in conferences and workshops


  • participation in collaborations aimed at bridging scientific enquire in the humanities and social scientists and policy-making (e.g. History and Policy)


  • engagement in discourse on platforms aimed at utilisation of research and programming and humanitarian intervention (e.g. Institute for Government). All ITN-generated research will be open access (OA); authors will deposit manuscripts with the UoB Research Archive (UBIRA) through which OA will be administered. 

Case Studies


The Story behind 'MICHIKO: a child born

of war'

Article by Kanako Kuramitsu


Discussing the topic of children born of war at international conferences and on the media

Article by Oskars Gruzins