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Rethinking Research Impact through Principles for Fair and Equitable Partnerships

Fransman, Jude; Newman, Kate and Bharadwaj, Sowmyaa (2019). Rethinking Research Impact through Principles for Fair and Equitable Partnerships. IDS Bulletin, 50(1) pp. 21–42.

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With renewed investment of the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) commitment into research, there is a need to rethink traditional understandings of ‘research impact’. In this article we argue that impact in ODA-funded research should go beyond translating research findings into practice and policy or implementing research in partnership with research mediators/users. Instead, the development agendas of those living and working in the global South, including academics and practitioners, and those working in international non-governmental organisations should influence the research agendas, approaches and the schemes that allocate funding. These stakeholders have profound knowledge of what real world impact looks like, the types of impact needed, local and national realities, and how complex processes of development impact unfold. Drawing on a programme of strategic research conducted by the Rethinking Research Collaborative, we examine eight principles for ‘fair and equitable research partnerships’ using insights from our individual experiences to offer new thinking on ODA-funded research impact.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 0265-5012
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Engaging research in the digital university: A civil society perspectiveNot SetLEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
Understanding and Improving Fair and Equitable Partnerships for Global Challenge ResearchNot SetEPSRC
TRANSFER IN: Evidence and the Politics of Participation in Academic-INGO Research Partnerships for International DevelopmentES/M002306/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: research impact; research partnerships; overseas development assistance (ODA); the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 60469
Depositing User: Jude Fransman
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 10:09
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 04:49
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