Doing knowledge exchange during the COVID 19 pandemic – What lessons have we learnt?

On April 29th, 2021, Srabani Maitra, Co-I on the Gendered Journeys project had organised a workshop in collaboration with the College of Social Science’s (CoSS) Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) network. The workshop was titled, Doing knowledge exchange during the COVID 19 pandemic – What lessons have we learnt? and was geared towards researchers, PhD students, and early career researchers to explore together the impact of the pandemic on research related Knowledge Exchange activities and to learn from each other about alternatives strategies to mitigate the impact. A number of experts from across the world were invited to share their experiences along with Barbara Read, PI on the Gendered Journeys project. Other speakers included,

  • Prof Charles Nherera – University of Zimbabwe / UKRI International Panel Member (Zimbabwe)
  • Dr Raul Valdes-Cotera – Senior Programme Specialist and Programme Manager of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities/UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (Germany)
  • Prof Mario-Delos Reyes – Dean at the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning /International Co-Investigator for the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (Philippines)
  • Dr Kaustuv Bandyopadhyay– Director at Participatory Research in Asia (India)

The workshop was inaugurated by Srabani and Ana Miranda, Knowledge Exchange Associate – Low and Middle Income Research Network, College of Social Sciences | University of Glasgow. Srabani, while introducing the workshop, spoke about the need for knowledge exchange based on nurturing and deepening of relationships with impact partners. She pointed out how the pandemic has further exacerbated the diverse economic, social and political inequalities that are differentially experienced. Thus, she emphasised the need to find “productive pathways” and “contact points” for new modes of scholarly exchange that can work against the harrowing consequences of the pandemic (Levander and Mignolo, 2011). Barbara discussed the plans the Gendered Journeys project initially had for knowledge exchange, influenced by Rethinking Research Collaborative’s (2018) report for the UKRI, Promoting Fair and Equitable Partnerships to Respond to Global Challenges. She then moved on to outline the difficulties in engaging in equitable KE during the pandemic and alternatives that the project team has been instigating, and plan to conduct in the future.

Below you will find the downloadable power point presentation of Srabani Maitra’s talk

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