Shaping academic practice through transnational research capacity building: ‘It shaped how I look at the world’

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For the past 30 years, Danida (Danish International Development Assistance) has supported
research capacity building of scholars in the Global South as a means of including them in the socalled
global knowledge economy. This paper presents findings from a study that explores the
experiences and reflections of various researchers from Africa involved in this type of research
capacity building. It focuses on the implications of the involvement for the scholars’ academic
practice, work, and later career. Based on 14 qualitative interviews and a questionnaire distributed to
500 African former and present PhD- students, the study shows that learning critical thinking, flat
social hierarchies, and discussing and sharing knowledge are pivotal for their current research
practice. By using the notions Geographies of scientific knowledge and Cultural production of an
educated person, the paper draws attentions to the situatedness of academic practice inherent in this
type of transnational support for academic development.
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StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedSociety for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference - Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Storbritannien
Varighed: 9 dec. 200911 dec. 2009


KonferenceSociety for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference
LokationCeltic Manor
ByNewport, Wales


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