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Henrietta Hutton Research Grant

2012 Henrietta Hutton Award recipient Phoebe Mottram, discussing the threats to local, spiritual taboo systems with village leaders in Manavy, southern Madagascar

The Society offers two grants of £500 each annually to undergraduate or postgraduate students who intend to undertake field research overseas as an individual or as part of a team. The field research must last longer than four weeks, but does not have to be connected to the student’s academic studies.


18 January (each year)


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Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund - 50 year Anniversary

The Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund was established in 1964, in memory of Henrietta Hutton, née Cooke, an Oxford University student of Lady Margaret Hall. Henrietta was a keen ornithologist, Chairperson of the Oxford ornithologist Society and a founding member of the Oxford University Women's Exploration Club.

The map below shows locations of all projects supported through the Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund over the past 50 years.


This year's recipients

 2015: Santeri Lehtonen (University of Edinburgh). 'Exploration of rates of tundra shrub expansion across Arctic climate gradients'

Expansion of tundra shrubs poses a serious threat to alpine and Arctic ecosystems. By comparing growth of shrubs between northern and southern base stations, this project seeks to find out if the rapid growth is due to improved growing conditions in the past two decades on the Arctic coast of the Yukon.

 2015: Sarah Morton (University of Oxford). 'The Legacies of the Repatriation of Human Remains'

The repatriation of the human remains of Indigenous peoples collected within a colonial context has been the subject of debate within UK museums over the last 30 years. The aim of this project is to explore the meanings and values that repatriation has created to better understand the legacies of the process on both indigenous communities and museum practice.


Past recipients

 2014: Jennifer Adams (University College London). 'Pollution and Climate Change Impacts on Productivity and Biodiversity in the Selenga River Delta, Lake Baikal: a Siberian, Ramsar Wetland of International Importance'

Wetlands are critical components of freshwater ecosystems; the Selenga Delta regulates the flow of the Selenga River into Lake Baikal, a World Heritage Site, and is an internationally important wetland with high levels of biodiversity. This project will assess the impact of current pressures on the Delta, from pollution and climate change, using palaeolimnological techniques.

 2014: Sarah la Hannam-Deeming (Royal Holloway University of London). 'In what way do current and past property laws within Mexico, effect land rights and thus human rights of indigenous communities in Chiapas?'

This research proposes to investigate current and past laws of the Mexican Government in relation to property rights, and how these laws affect the right to land indigenous communities have called their own for generations. 2014 celebrates 20 years of the Zapatista uprising, and this research will focus on the importance of this and the presence the Zapatistas still have. 

  2013: Lucy Bune (Durham University). 'An investigation into the social impacts of garment factories on the surrounding community in the Moneragala District in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka'

The project built on current feminist literature which sees industry settings as influencing relationships between genders. Further the project researched relationships between Tamil and Sinhalese employees, to assess whether factory employment is aiding integration.

  2013: Jennie Harvey (University of Kent). 'Investigating the relationship between formal schooling and knowledge of ethnoveterinary medicines in Eluwai, Tanzania'

The aim of this project was to investigate the relationship between formal schooling, and knowledge about local medicines used for livestock, among Maasai in Eluwai village, and to identify factors influencing its transmission to the younger generation. The project focused in particular on examining the effect of formal schooling on ethnoveterinary knowledge of secondary school children.

  2012: Phoebe Mottram (University of St Andrews). 'Threats facing southern Madagascar’s sacred forests and spiritual taboos'

Sacred forests form an integral part of the spiritual, cultural and ecological make up of Madagascar. Respected and revered for centuries these forests are becoming important on global horizons. This project sought to answer the question: ‘What are the threats facing the sacred forests and spiritual taboos of Southern Madagascar?’

  2012: Krystyna Koziol (University of Sheffield - joint degree with University of Svalbard). 'The provenance, composition and fate of organic carbon on an Arctic glacier'

The objective of this project was to better understand how organic carbon behaves in a glacial setting. The research characterised the sources, quantity and duration of organic carbon storage in glacial ice. The aim is to develop a model of carbon cycling in the rapidly changing glacial environment

  2011: Jennifer McAteer (University College London). 'An evaluation of Beach Village Committee management of sustainable fishing methods in Liwaladzi, Malawi'

This study aimed to evaluate to what extent the Beach Village Committee in Liwaladzi, with its emphasis on biodiversity conservation, has been successful in promoting alternative methods of fishing in the community and if there has been a shift in the economic activity to land-based occupations such as small scale agriculture.

  2011: Eleri Dare-Edwards (University of Bristol). 'A comparative study into the role of women’s self help groups in the empowerment of women: case study in South India'

This project aimed to study the role of women in development and how they can, by forming self-help groups, endeavour to empower themselves. By comparing members and non-members of these self-help groups, in rural and urban settings, the effectiveness in their empowerment of women was measured.

  2010: Sarah Chandler (University of Leicester). 'Fair trade practices and Indigenous politics in North-Western Argentina'

This research examined aspects of fair trade in the context of handicrafts produced in North-West Argentina considering the intersection of SIWOK fair trade practices and Indigenous politics with the Wichi people of the region. SIWOK was created in 2003 by an Anglo-Argentine missionary to help the Wichi continue their historical practices and to create an income.

  2010: Sarah Owen (University of Leicester). 'Geological origins of sugar loaf peaks in eastern Brazil and their environmental importance as refugia for Atlantic rain forest preservation'

Sugar loaf mountains are important landforms in tropical regions whose geological origins and geomorphological development are poorly understood.  They are particularly abundant in the Brazilian Highlands where they preserve the threatened mata atlantica rain forest on their slopes and summits.  The geographical link between sugar loaf terrain and preserved forest rain tracts is undocumented, but important for conservation efforts.  This project aimed to understand evolutionary processes of sugar loaf development and their environmental significance as rain forest refugia. 

For further information on these projects, including a summary of the research and expedition reports, please browse the Society's Expeditions Database.


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