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DSA, 2019: DSA2019: Opening up Development

Open University, Milton Keynes, 19/06/2019 – 21/06/2019


Rethinking impact, collaboration and capacity in ODA-funded research [experimental]
Date and Start Time [TBD] at [TBD]
Sessions [TBD]


  • Jude Fransman (Open University) email
  • Pradeep Narayanan email
  • Kate Newman (Christian Aid) email
  • Budd Hall (University of Victoria ) email
  • Jon Harle email

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Short abstract

Through a series of sessions in a variety of formats (e.g. debates, roundtable discussions, workshops etc.) this panel seeks to address some of the challenges surrounding impact, collaboration and capacity strengthening for ODA-funded research.

Long abstract

The launch of initiatives such as the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) marks an unprecedented investment of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment into research. This means that research must be ODA-compliant with measurable benefits to countries on the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC)'s list. The challenge of ODA-compliance raises three central concerns around impact (ensuring research leads to societal and/or economic benefits), collaboration (ensuring research crosses disciplinary/sectoral/national boundaries, responding to 'real world problems' in specific contexts) and capacity (ensuring diverse stakeholders have the relevant knowledge and resources to support collaborative ODA research practice). This poses significant challenges to traditional approaches to research as well as traditional understandings of research impact, ethics, quality and governance.

The sessions in this panel will focus on the following themes:

•Rethinking research impact for ODA-funded research: How can pathways to ODA-research impact be created and evaluated? What can we learn from the impact practices of other development stakeholders?

•Rethinking research collaboration for ODA-funded research: How do different types of research partner collaborate? What challenges do they face and how might these be overcome?

•Rethinking research capacity for ODA-funded research: What types of knowledge and material resources are needed? Who's capacity should be strengthened? Where, how and by whom? What are the implications for researcher development programmes for development studies scholars?

•Rethinking research governance for ODA-funded research: Are our current policy/funding systems sufficient? Who participates in agenda-setting and evaluation? What is the role of funders in the global South?

This panel will involve 2-3 interactive sessions, which will be designed collaboratively and in response to the accepted proposals. To contribute to this panel, please submit an abstract, which summarises your proposal. This need not be a conventional academic paper and could be structured as a provocation/think piece, learning story, mini-workshop, debate, poster or performance. Proposals should indicate the approximate time of the contribution, which should be between 5 and 30 minutes and explain how it relates to the conference theme. In the spirit of ‘opening up development studies’ we would also like to invite all proposals to incorporate/connect with another individual or organisation unable to physically attend the conference (whether because of geography, caring responsibilities, disability or other circumstances). We will explore ways of including these virtual participants throughout the conference.

This panel is closed to new paper proposals.


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This panel is closed to new paper proposals.