“Research on” vs “Research with” Communities: A critique on the importance of multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary research teams with regard to uptake of innovations

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Paul Nampala

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In this Issue of the Journal, 10 of the 12 articles published are authored by university-based research teams and for the other two articles, the authors are affiliated to National and International Research Institutions. All the articles, except for Nkunya (2017) and Nyongesa (2017) have a diverse representation in terms of authorship between and among departments at the same university/institution engaged in knowledge co-creation with end-user communities as a strategy to enhance uptake and adoption. Although Nkunya (2017) and Nyongesa (2017) are single authored articles, there is emphasis on the importance of partnerships as a pre-requisite for research to enhance contribution to socio-economic development and accelerate attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Institutional engagement and representation in research implementation underpins the importance of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches in relation to promoting uptake of research outputs and innovations in rural development. The premise of this proclamation is based on the collaborative engagement limitations of the Linear Research and Development Model which makes the Integrated Research and Development Model, as discussed by Nkunya (2017), more superior on account of facilitating greater collaboration that recognises all partners as equal in the research implementation process.

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