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Title: Lessons for research policy and practice: The case of co-enquiry research with rural communities
Author: Caruso, Emily
Schunko, Christoph
Corbera Elizalde, Esteve
Ruiz Mallen, Isabel  
Vogl, Christian R.
Martin, Gary
Arrázola, Susana
Bandeira, Fábio Pedro
Calvo Boyero, Diana
Camacho Benavides, Claudia
Mota Cardoso, Thiago
Chan Dzul, Albert
Conde, Esther
Campo García, Carlos del
Huanca, Tomás
Laranjeiras Sampaio, José Augusto
Oliveros Lopez, Sara
Porter Bolland, Luciana
Ruiz Betancourt, Olga
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: European Commission
civil society organisations
Latin America
participatory research
research funding
research partnership
research policy
Seventh Framework Programme
Issue Date: Aug-2016
Publisher: Journal of Research Practice
Citation: Caruso, E., Schunko, C., Corbera, E., Ruiz-Mallen, I., Vogl, C.R., Martin, G., Arrázola, S., Bandeira, P.F., Calvo-Boyero, D., Camacho Benavides, C., Cardoso, T.M., Chan-Dzul, A., Conde, E., del Campo García, C., Huanca, T., Laranjeiras Sampaio, J.A., Oliveros López, S., Porter-Bolland, L. & Ruiz Betancourt, O. (2016). Lessons for research policy and practice: the case of co-enquiry research with rural communities. Journal of Research Practice, 12(1).
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Abstract: This article explores the relationship between institutional funding for research and community-based or co-enquiry research practice. It examines the implementation of co-enquiry research in the COMBIOSERVE project, which was funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for research and innovation, between the years 2012 and 2015. Research partnerships between Latin American and European civil society organisations, research institutions, and Latin American rural communities are analysed. Challenges for effective collaboration in co-enquiry and lessons learned for research policy and practice are outlined. Based on our case study we suggest that: (1) the established values and practices of academia seem largely unfavourable towards alternative forms of research, such as co-enquiry; (2) the policies and administrative practices of this European Commission funding are unsuitable for adopting participatory forms of enquiry; and (3) the approach to research funding supports short engagements with communities whereas long-term collaborations are more desirable. Based on our case study, we propose more flexible funding models that support face-to-face meetings between researchers and communities from the time of proposal drafting, adaptation of research processes to local dynamics, adaptation of administrative processes to the capacities of all participants, and potential for long-term collaborations. Large-scale funding bodies such as European Commission research programmes are leaders in the evolution of research policy and practice. They have the power and the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the value of partnerships with civil society organisations and communities, actively support co-enquiry, and foment interest in innovative forms of research.
Language: English
ISSN: 1712-851XMIAR
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