North-South research collaborations: An empirical evaluation against principles of transboundary research

Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow

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Transboundary research collaborations (TRCs) are critical in supporting evidence-based actions to address complex global issues. However, there is still a lack of empirics, which would detail how TRCs are organised, how activities are facilitated, and how actors interplay. In this article, we address this gap through the evaluation of a North-South TRC against the 11 principles for TRCs by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE). Using personal accounts, content analysis, and semi-structured interviews/surveys as methods, our evaluation casts light on how the process of running a 21st-century TRC is enacted from the perspective of the individual. Our results and discussion provide the basis for a more probing and systematic case for and against contemporary TRCs, their underlying value structures and modi operandi, as well as the absent dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12555
Number of pages18
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social and Economic Geography

Free keywords

  • geographies of research culture
  • North-South
  • transboundary research collaboration
  • transdisciplinarity
  • qualitative evaluation


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