Research partnerships across international contexts: a practice of unity or plurality?

Mia Perry*, Jo Sharp, Kevin Aanyu, Jude Robinson, Vanessa Duclos, Raihana Ferdous

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Partnership is not a benign practice; it is culturally and ethically loaded. The way in which partnerships are construed in international research determines its design, ethics and impacts. Despite this, and the growing assumption of partnership practice in our field, the concept has become increasingly abstract and the practice under-analysed. This article provides critical perspectives of current understandings of partnership in international development research from three angles: the motivations behind partnership working; an epistemological perspective in relation to epistemic justice and the agency of language; and finally, the systems that mediate partnerships, and the range of resources that guide them. 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-646
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number5
Early online date5 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2022


  • Epistemic justice
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Language
  • Methodology
  • Participation
  • Partnership


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