"Compromise and complicity: partnership and interdependence in a global challenges research collaboration"
Mariangela Palladino, Laura Jeffery, Dounia Benslimane, and Olfa Arfaoui
Palladino, M., Jeffery, L., Benslimane, D., & Arfaoui, O. (2023). Compromise and complicity: partnership and interdependence in a global challenges research collaboration. Global Social Challenges Journal (published online ahead of print 2023).
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This article contributes to debates on international collaborations by examining contradictions between the decolonial turn and the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund which imposed Global North leadership on Global South partners. Through the lenses of compromise and complicity, the article explores how collaborators strive to work together equitably within the constraints of a UK government Official Development Assistance funding scheme. Drawing on focus group discussions with members of a research team, the article traces, first, their engagement with political and institutional constraints and, second, their articulation of collaborative compromise and productive complicity. The article foregrounds the generative potential of complicity as a productive concept that can help partners to navigate the challenges of interdependence and partnership entailed in North–South, South–South, cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration.