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Mirek Dymitrow

Postdoctoral fellow

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North-South research collaborations : An empirical evaluation against principles of transboundary research


  • Shelley Kotze
  • Mirek Dymitrow

Summary, in English

Transboundary research collaborations (TRCs) are critical in supporting evidence-based actions to address complex global issues. However, there is still a lack of empirics, which would detail how TRCs are organised, how activities are facilitated, and how actors interplay. In this article, we address this gap through the evaluation of a North-South TRC against the 11 principles for TRCs by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE). Using personal accounts, content analysis, and semi-structured interviews/surveys as methods, our evaluation casts light on how the process of running a 21st-century TRC is enacted from the perspective of the individual. Our results and discussion provide the basis for a more probing and systematic case for and against contemporary TRCs, their underlying value structures and modi operandi, as well as the absent dimensions.

Publishing year





Development Policy Review

Document type

Journal article




  • Social and Economic Geography


  • geographies of research culture
  • North-South
  • transboundary research collaboration
  • transdisciplinarity
  • qualitative evaluation




  • ISSN: 1467-7679