Posts by Sian Harris

Tackling gender inequality in research: six stories from Africa and Asia

Interviews highlight challenges for women researchers in the Global South and how inspiring gender champions are helping redress the balance

Raising awareness of Open Access in the Global South

Since we were founded 25 years ago, INASP has been a strong advocate – both publicly and privately – for the importance of access to research and knowledge and its role in sustainable development. Open Access promises to increase the availability of essential information for researchers. We see strong support for this from many researchers but also continued confusion and lack of awareness.

How large-scale research writing courses are making a difference in the Global South

The AuthorAID MOOCs in research writing are finalists for a prestigious award from the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers (ALPSP). The winner of this award will be announced this evening. As we wait to hear how we did, I share in this blog what I told the ALPSP annual conference yesterday.

INASP through the years: 1992 to today … and beyond

In my last post I wrote about the 12-metre-long timeline that is now adorning INASP’s wall to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year and I described something of the journey that this timeline shows. But, unashamedly, a timeline is more than an overview; it is full of detail about which activities happened in which year, as well as what was going on in the wider world at the same time. Indeed, even at 12 metres, we had to be surprisingly selective in what we included; a lot has happened in 25 years! You can explore our timeline online at www.inasp.info/timeline but in this blog post I’m going to share a few highlights from our history and put them into a wider context.

Building on a strong vision

This year INASP celebrates our 25th anniversary. As part of our anniversary blog series, Siân Harris looks back over our history and shares some of the ways that INASP has evolved and is preparing for the challenges and opportunities of the next 25 years.

Local knowledge for local challenges

From secret diseases in south Asia to plant-based healers in west Africa, last week's Publishers for Development conference had plenty of stories and examples of how local research, based on global and local knowledge, is making a difference to local issues.

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