What can scholarly publishers do to help improve research equity?

This week Anne Powell participated in a panel discussion on recognizing biases and blind spots in improving diversity and inclusion in scholarly publishing at an SSP meeting before the Academic Publishing in Europe conference. In this post she shares some of what she spoke about the needs of Southern researchers and gives some practical recommendations for how people who work in the publishing industry can help.

Research and knowledge at the heart of development: Transforming the field in the UK

John Young reflects on evidence-informed policy work in the UK today and the need for wider global discussions about what approaches work

What makes a good partnership.

Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa: the first eight months

Jon Harle reflects on what we have learnt about strengthening partnerships over the first eight months of the TESCEA project in East Africa

Transformative learning workshop, Tanzania.

Transforming teachers for transformed students

A key early part of the TESCEA project was a series of transformative learning workshops that helped teaching staff reflect on their approaches to teaching and how they can help students interact with what they are being taught.

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Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish research

Finding an appropriate and trustworthy journal to publish in is a challenge for many researchers around the world and a common concern for researchers in INASP’s AuthorAID network. INASP is a founder and committee member of the Think. Check. Submit. initiative, which is helping researchers choose journals they can trust. The findings from Think. Check. Submit.’s recent survey, discussed in this press release, reveal the need for this work and will help guide development of the initiative in 2019.

Whose knowledge counts? Why citizen evidence can lead to better policy making

Peter Taylor and Emily Hayter discuss the role of citizen evidence in improving policy decisions.

For effective change, all stakeholders need to recognize the importance of critical thinking

Dr Kendi Muchungi discusses the importance of iterative approaches and gaining high-level buy-in to new pedagogical approaches in East African universities.

Jennifer Sesabo.

East African context is important for appropriate higher-education frameworks in the region

Dr. Jennifer Sesabo of Mzumbe University in Tanzania shares her experiences from working on quality assurance initiatives across East Africa and the importance of understanding and addressing local contexts for effective and sustainable projects. Contextual understanding across four institutions in Uganda and Tanzania also underpins the TESCEA approach to ensure that changes to curricula and pedagogical approaches are appropriate and help enable students to leave university with the skills needed for the workplace and wider society.

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From community-based livestock services to equitable knowledge ecosystems

New INASP Executive Director John Young shares how his journey from delivering livestock services to promoting the use of appropriate evidence in policy has demonstrated the importance of supporting the whole research and knowledge system and his hopes for INASP going forward.

Harriet Mutonyi of Uganda Martyrs University.

University courses should support critical thinking skills to help address national needs

The TESCEA partnership is helping young people in higher education in east Africa develop the critical skills they need for employability and positive contributions to wider society. Harriet Mutonyi of Uganda Martyrs University shares some of the challenges that the project is hoping to address.