DSA-ESRC Workshop series
MEETING THE CHALLENGES
Interdisciplinary research for global development
Towards More Equitable Interdisciplinary Partnership
How to make research partnerships more equitable is an issue that has recurred throughout this series of workshops, so it was fitting that the last of the series was dedicated to this issue alone. Key issues included: building scope for deviation within research design; the shifting patterns of research management, including a growing role for private sector consultancies, and the growing burden of administration that running research can involve; the balance between individual and institutional practices and ways of viewing the world; and how to foster plurality and difference, without entrenching inequality. In and through these issues deeper questions emerge, of the nature of research as a process of production, and what it produces in terms of forms of knowledge, relationships, and modes of the self.
Most of the participants shared a background in research on international migration. There were 23 participants in all, including 5 from the global South.
Dr Jude Fransman discusses her work with the Rethinking Research Collaborative, which has been exploring partners’ experiences of engaging in UKRI funded research and has identified some of the benefits and challenges.
Dr Naluwembe Binaisa of University College London draws on her experience of three different research projects to highlight some of the inequities that exist within development research.
Dr Fekadu Adugna of Addis Ababa University explains that while scholars from the North and South might have shared research objectives, structural differences between institutions lead to an imbalance of power.
Dr Jama Muse Jama, Founder of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre in Somaliland, explains why he thinks researchers must have the courage to advocate against unfair practices and structural imbalances.
Prof Kavita Datta of Queen Mary University, London, talks about the different elements involved in a multi-disciplinary research project
Prof Ranabir Samaddar, Director of the Calcutta Research Group, encourages us to design research which allows for the discovery of the unknown and unanticipated.