British gambling charity GambleAware has released “calls for proposals” for two research programmes, each with an investment of £250,000.
The new research will build evidence of the lived experience of gambling harms amongst diverse and marginalised communities, with a specific focus on women and minority communities.
In Great Britain, there is limited research available on gambling and the lived experience of minority communities and women. However, existing evidence suggests the burdens of gambling harms are higher amongst minority ethnic communities and that these communities are less likely to access specialist gambling services compared with white communities. There is also evidence that indicates participation in gambling and the rate of women who experience gambling disorder is increasing more quickly than amongst men, but the reasons for this are unclear. Women and people from minority communities are also more likely to be an “affected other” – someone who reports being negatively affected by someone else’s gambling behaviour.
GambleAware is seeking bids from consortia and multidisciplinary teams that may include research agencies and/or academics and institutions; and anticipates that the winning bids will take a mixed-method, multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach to achieve the aims of the research programmes.
The knowledge accrued from this research will be used to inform GambleAware’s commissioning practices. This will ensure that services and interventions that are commissioned are accessible and tailored to the needs of women and prevent and reduce the high burden of gambling harms among minority communities.
GambleAware will be holding engagement events on both projects for those wishing to submit proposals, where there will be an opportunity to ask questions and FAQs will be published on the GambleAware website. Dates are as follows:
May 5 (2.00–3.15 pm): Women and gambling research programme
May 12 (2.00–3.15 pm): Minority communities and gambling research programmes
The closing date for both submissions is June 7.