Why north–south research collaborations need to change: Editorial

Opinion

Scholars from the Global South are calling for change when it comes to north-south research collaborations. Virginia Gewin of Nature writes that the Global South is negatively affected by researchers from the north who use inequitable research practices like drop-in or “helicopter” research, where studies are conducted without meaningful involvement from southern researchers. Gewin shares the experiences and perspectives of researchers such as Ocean Mercier (Victoria University of Wellington), Samia Chasi (International Education Association of South Africa), Aline Ghilardi (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte), and Minal Pathak (Ahmedabad University). The researchers discuss the changes they would like to see in north-south collaborations, including earlier and more meaningful engagement, repatriation of research materials removed from the South, and addressing tokenism and gatekeeping.

Nature