Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Reitz Union Room G-330

Engaging Respectfully and Effectively in International Development Research Collaborations

With Elizabeth Hoffecker, Lead Research Scientist, MIT, Local Innovation Group

If we’re not going to do “helicopter science,” then what are we going to do instead?
In this talk, Elizabeth Hoffecker, will share a set of practices that she and her colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab have developed for engaging in respectful, mutually-enriching, long-term collaborations with scholars and practitioner-researchers from around the world. Drawing on over 10 years of experience conducting international development research at MIT involving projects and collaborators from over 10 countries on six continents, Elizabeth will share strategies to preempt and, if needed, to address some of the common pitfalls and challenges encountered in forming and sustaining respectful, long-term international research partnerships.