Collaborative research efforts are emerging as a way to effectively
address complex challenges such as adapting to climate change.
Collaborations that span geographic, disciplinary and sectoral
boundaries represent a divergence from traditional research approaches
that may require new ways of working. This study addresses a research
gap related to conducting consortium-based research, offering benefits,
lessons learned and emerging good practices for effective
This paper draws its evidence from a review of literature on
collaborative research primarily in the areas of climate change and
development, and a series of case studies of participants engaged in
multi-sited collaborations working on climate change adaptation and
related development issues. While research consortia differ in their
objectives and contexts, insights emerged through this study that can
inform their overall design and management, under themes of knowledge
co-creation, collaboration, and oversight of partnerships.
Gonsalves, A. Lessons learned on consortium-based research in climate change and development. CARIAA Working Paper no. 1. IDRC, Ottawa, Canada/DFID, London, UK (2014) 28 pp.
Lessons learned on consortium-based research in climate change and development. CARIAA Working Paper no. 1