Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Invitation from Nanette Svenson

Call for Chapter Proposals: Innovative North-South University Research Partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean

A volume in the Palgrave Macmillan International and Development Education Book Series, http://us.macmillan.com/series/InternationalandDevelopmentEducation, edited by Gustavo Gregorutti (Humboldt University) and Nanette Svenson (Tulane University)

Proposal Deadline: 15 August 2014

Bios of the editors

Gustavo Gregorutti worked until recently as an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico. As part of the school’s graduate program, he visited several Latin American universities presenting and teaching on topics related to leadership and administration in higher education. Currently, as part of a postdoctoral program, he is conducting research at the Center for Higher Education of Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. His research projects are related to faculty research productivity, private higher education in the Latin American context, and quality issues that impact accreditations.

Nanette Svenson is an adjunct professor at Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development and a development consultant for the United Nations and other international organizations. She is based in the Republic of Panama where she directs Tulane’s Master of Science in International Development Panama Field Work Experience. Her research interests focus on capacity development, particularly of higher education systems and government entities in Latin America and the Caribbean.


            Research productivity, alongside teaching and service, is a critical component of university output worldwide and a major determinant in global university rankings. Universities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have a particularly weak record in this regard. The region currently accounts for less than three percent of global research and development, less than five percent of Science Citation Index publications, and between one and two percent of the top five hundred ranked universities of the world. These figures are not inspiring; nevertheless, certain research programs scattered throughout the region’s universities are producing exceptional results. Many of these programs involve North-South university partnerships, with one or more institutions from industrialized countries and one or more partner institutions from the LAC region. These joint endeavors between institutions in the northern and southern hemispheres and the research they collaboratively conduct and disseminate are the focus of this book.
            This volume aims to explore some of the more successful examples of North-South university research partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean with a view to examining the motivations, mechanics and limitations of the relationships and highlighting key factors contributing to the success of the affiliations and their research output. Specifically, the research questions revolve around the following queries:

         What motivates collaboration between universities in different countries with distinct socio-cultural and economic development contexts?
         What barriers and limitations do these universities face in carrying out joint research projects?
         What key factors appear to have advanced research productivity for these partnerships?


            Chapters in this volume will present case studies of North-South university research partnerships—involving institutions from North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Japan and counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean. These cases will illustrate how collaborative efforts over time have produced significant knowledge transfer (in both directions), increased research productivity and scope, and contributed to the strengthening of the participating institutions.
            Chapter proposals should be 1,000 word summaries that include information on the following: (1) the participating institutions and departments; (2) the specific objectives, motivations, protocols, timeframes, mechanics and limitations of the partnership arrangements; (3) the research produced through the partnership and its impact—especially for the southern institutions and countries; (4) key success factors and future implications; and (5) sample references.
            Please contact Gustavo Gregorutti, gustavo.gregorutti@hu-berlin.de, and Nanette Svenson, nsvenson@tulane.edu or nanette.svenson@gmail.com, with questions or to submit chapter proposals by 15 August 2014. If accepted, full chapters for external review will be due by 1 December 2014.