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A sociology of international research partnerships for sustainable development


Zingerli, C (2010). A sociology of international research partnerships for sustainable development. European Journal of Development Research, 22(2):217-233.

Abstract

In recent years, the partnership concept has not only shaped international development assistance but also the organisation of knowledge production processes in development research. This article looks beyond the rhetoric of the partnership concept by discussing institutional conditions and individual choices of North-South research collaborations in an international development research network. By drawing on ideas of the Sociology of Knowledge and by distinguishing between three lenses on power the article analyses discourses and practices shaping working relations between unequal partners. Research partnerships are not a universal remedy to react to and reduce structural inequalities and hegemonies of epistemologies. Nonetheless, research partnerships offer important opportunities for direct encounters between people and institutions from different scientific traditions and policy contexts. The necessity to negotiate power and social relations in international research partnerships help developing a more respectful and reflexive conduct of knowledge production in contemporary development research.

In recent years, the partnership concept has not only shaped international development assistance but also the organisation of knowledge production processes in development research. This article looks beyond the rhetoric of the partnership concept by discussing institutional conditions and individual choices of North-South research collaborations in an international development research network. By drawing on ideas of the Sociology of Knowledge and by distinguishing between three lenses on power the article analyses discourses and practices shaping working relations between unequal partners. Research partnerships are not a universal remedy to react to and reduce structural inequalities and hegemonies of epistemologies. Nonetheless, research partnerships offer important opportunities for direct encounters between people and institutions from different scientific traditions and policy contexts. The necessity to negotiate power and social relations in international research partnerships help developing a more respectful and reflexive conduct of knowledge production in contemporary development research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:28 Mar 2010 14:56
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN:0957-8811
Additional Information:This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in "European Journal of Development Research". The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejdr/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ejdr20101a.html
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/ejdr.2010.1
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33164

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