Supporting African-led development through research partnerships

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Supporting African-led development through research partnerships: Opportunities and challenges for the University of Bristol

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A panel discussion with the Global Challenge Chairs and Professor Isabella Aboderin, Director of the Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC).

Part of the University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships

Suited for early careers researchers and people interested in the areas of policy practice.

As the African Union’s Agenda 2063 document makes clear, there is a key role for research and innovation in supporting African led development. The university of Bristol’s investment in three global chairs in the fields of engineering, sustainable cities and education along with the recent establishment of the Perivoli African Research Centre underlines the universities commitment to supporting African led development through research partnership working. Yet there are historic challenges to overcome if this commitment can be realised. Many of these challenges relate to inequalities between Africa and UK based partners in accessing funding opportunities, capacities to undertake research and to have research published. These inequalities have been brought into sharp focus in recent debates about the need to decolonise research.

The aim of the panel is to critically explore the opportunities and challenges for partnership working between African and UK based researchers in supporting African led development. It will do this by foregrounding the perspectives of African partners working in the fields of engineering, sustainable cities and education and seeking to draw out the implications for future partnership working.

The proposed panel will include 3 key speakers from the African continent who will offer opening perspectives or provocations. These will be responded to by each of the three global chairs. Two early career researchers – one African based and one Bristol based will also be invited to share their perspectives. It is expected that provocations and responses through focusing on disciplinary specific issues will also surface more generic issues of partnership working.

Inputs by panel members will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. The audience will include researchers at all stages of their careers based in Bristol, the UK and Africa, who have an interest in African-led research and how their research might fit into the global context.

Professor Aboderin will be invited to provide some closing remarks, drawing together the main points to emerge and some of the implications for future partnership working between Bristol and Africa.

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