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      Understanding and redressing imbalances for South-North collaborations in energy and development research

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            Abstract

            Many researchers engaged in energy and development research are involved in collaborative projects with research partners in different countries. To ensure success, these collaborations must be inclusive and balanced. Researchers and multilateral organisations are starting to take notice of the potential negative impacts of unbalanced research collaborations. There is an urgent need for more scrutiny of the inequities in the research process and to create more inclusive environments that allow researchers from the Global South to contribute solutions for challenges in their local contexts. Through workshops and a survey of researchers engaged in energy and development research, this paper attempts to partially fill this gap by investigating the challenges in collaborative projects faced by researchers in the Global South and Global North. The main findings show significant differences in the research experience of the two groups of researchers with respect to administrative burdens, access to resources, research roles and communication. We present several recommendations for how to address the inequities in collaborative research projects.

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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            31 August 2023
            Affiliations
            [1 ] University College London, UK;
            [2 ] Eletrobras Eletronorte, Brazil;
            [3 ] Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
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            https://orcid.org/0009-0003-7923-9144
            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000212.v1
            9d115c4d-2fe0-41c0-bd9c-639b26abb9ef

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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            : 31 August 2023
            Funding
            Funded by: funder-id http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000765, University College London;
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            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Energy economics,Development studies
            energy and development, energy policy, research, collaborations, inequality,Energy and policy,Sustainability,Public policymaking

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            Date: 26 September 2023

            Handling Editor: Dr Beatrice Smyth

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            2023-09-26 16:27 UTC
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