Author Archives: Sian Harris

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About Sian Harris

Siân Harris is Publications and Engagement Manager at INASP

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

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INASP through the years: 1992 to today … and beyond
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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. Continue reading

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Building on a strong vision
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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. Continue reading

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Local knowledge for local challenges
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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. Continue reading

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Research into climate change is vital in countries that are on the frontline of feeling its effects
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Strong local research and knowledge systems are vital in tackling local and global problems, and a great example of this is in tackling climate change. Siân Harris looks at a few of the ways that INASP has been supporting Southern environmental research and its use in policy. Continue reading

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How good publishing partnerships can support development
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This blog looks at how strong partnerships in publishing can support development, particularly in light of the Sustainable Development Goals. This will be a key focus of 2016’s Publishers for Development meetings. It was originally published on Digital Science’s Perspectives blog. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of far-reaching goals towards reduced poverty and a fairer and more sustainable world over the next 15 years, came into effect at the start of 2016. They have much to say for anybody working in international development but also for anybody working in the areas of research and research information. The goals are intended to tackle key issues for alleviating poverty and addressing inequality – and in issues such as climate change, agriculture, clean water and health, to name a few, there is a clear role for research and researchers. The 17th and final SDG – Strengthen the means of implementation and … Continue reading

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