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Community–university research partnerships in global perspectives

This book is based on a three-year international comparative study on poverty reduction and sustainability strategies . It provides evidence from twenty case studies around the world on the power and potential of community and higher education based scholars and activists working together in the co-creation of transformative knowledge. Opening with a theoretical overview of knowledge, democracy and action, the book is followed by analytical chapters providing lessons learned and capacity building, and on the theory and practice of community university research partnerships. It also includes lessons on models of evaluation, approaches to measuring the impact and an agenda for future research and policy recommendations. The book overviews the concept of engaged scholarship and then moves to focus on community-university research partnerships. It is based on a global empirical study of the role of community-university research partnerships within the context of poverty alleviation, the creation of sustainable societies and, broadly speaking, the Millennium Development Goals. The book frames the contribution of community-university research partnerships within a larger knowledge democracy framework, linking this practice to other spaces of knowledge democracy. These include the open access movement, new acceptance of the methods of community-based and participatory research and the call for cognitive justice or the need for epistemologies of the Global South. It takes a particular look at the variety of structures that have been created in the various universities and civil society research organizations to facilitate and enhance research partnerships.

Open Access (free)
Brigitte Nerlich
Sarah Hartley
Sujatha Raman
, and
Alexander Thomas T. Smith

research and knowledge to the wider public, but also the many barriers that exist or are emerging to impede the open-access movement. Carmen McLeod deals with issues of transparency and secrecy in the context of animal research through the lens of two transparency initiatives: the Swiss Basel Declaration announced in 2011, and the UK Concordat on Openness in Animal Research launched in 2012. In the final chapter of this part, Roda Madziva and Vivien Lowndes deal with transparency, evidence and publics in the context of a very topical issue – immigration. This chapter

in Science and the politics of openness
Open Access (free)
The beast that no-one could – or should – control?
Stephen Curry

findings should be made accessible to the public. The growth of open access has coincided with a shift in thinking about public involvement in science, from the deficit model of public understanding of science initiatives, which tended to see the issue as one of ordinary people’s lack of knowledge, to the more balanced notion of public engagement (Stilgoe et al., 2014). This makes it tricky to identify the precise effects of open access, which is the aim of this chapter. To set the scene, I will give a brief description of the open-access movement and recent policy

in Science and the politics of openness
An introduction
Budd L. Hall

spaces of knowledge democracy, such as the open access movement, the new acceptance of the methods of community-based and participatory research and the call for what is sometimes called cognitive justice or the need for epistemologies of the Global South. The chapters in this book are of two kinds: conceptual and analytic chapters which have emerged from the several years of research by our partners around the world (Part I), and summaries of the case studies themselves (Part II), so that readers can have a look at the diversity of examples we have drawn on and know

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Open Access (free)
Managing overflow in science publishing
Sabina Siebert
Robert Insall
, and
Laura M. Machesky

commercial publishers has been unexpectedly large and has led to criticism about ‘double dipping’ by journals that charge authors for open access to their publications, then charge libraries for subscriptions. Although many fully open-access journals, including PLOS Biology and eLife, have gained prestige, the attempts to break the commercial stranglehold of the big brands have so far failed – at least according to one editor: The main interest for me would be all the open access movement, all of the Wellcome Trust and Howard Hughes funding, eLife, and trying to break the

in Overwhelmed by overflows?