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The Challenges and Opportunities of Collaborative Research



Staff, Students

Series: Good Practice in Research Week

Speaker: Dr Christopher McDowell

As part of the fourth day of City’s Good Practice in Research Week, Engagement, Influence and Impact, this session (aimed at academic staff and PhD students) will quickly introduce the key components of collaboration:

  • How should you approach a person to initiate collaboration?
  • How should collaboration be arranged?
  • How should collaboration be arranged?
  • How are researchers’ contributions managed in academic collaboration?

The talk will then focus on Professor McDowell’s recent research project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund: Challenging social conventions in an Ethiopian village: how persuasive midwives achieved consensus on ending (female genital circumcision) FGC. The project involved midwife-led ethnographic research in the village of Sisay in the Gurage Zone of southern Ethiopia exploring an informal community health education initiative which led to the ending of the practice of FGM in Sisay. The project is collaborative between City, University of London and the midwife based at a Child and Maternity Clinic in Gubre close to the village site.

The talk aims to show good practice in international development research and will address these topics:

  • Ethics standards
  • Funder expectations
  • Research access and impact
  • Permission to publish

Dr Christopher McDowell has been at City University London since 2006 and is currently Associate Dean for Global Engagement. He has previously held positions at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, King’s College London, and Macquarie University in Sydney. Christopher was visiting Professor at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Christopher conducts research, engages in advisory work and teaches on the politics of forced migration, development-created involuntary resettlement security, and international politics. He has conducted extended periods of research in East and Southern Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia with a long term interest in Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmThursday 31st October 2019

ELG02 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom