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Managing Research Collaboration: International, Inter-disciplinary, and Trans-disciplinary Approaches

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Managing Research Collaboration: International, Inter-disciplinary, and Trans-disciplinary Approaches

  1. 1. Toru OGA, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Faculty of Law January 23, 2018 Managing Research Collaboration International, Inter-disciplinary, and Trans-disciplinary Approaches
  2. 2. About Presenter Toru OGA • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law • Research Themes: International Politics, International Relations, East Asian Regionalism, Human Rights Regimes Email: toga@law.kyushu-u.ac.jp Twitter: @toruoga0916 http://toruoga.net/ 1
  3. 3. Major Challenges in Social Science Research 2 Inter-discipline Trans-discipline Trans-discipline 1) Internationalization  Outputs in English publications and international environments Collaboration with multinational researchers 2) Inter-disciplinarity  From discipline-oriented to issue-oriented  Digitizing and computational social science Collaboration with different disciplines 3) Trans-disciplinarity  Academia and Society  Solving social problems and policy outputs Collaboration with stakeholders
  4. 4. Major Challenges in Social Science Research 3 Internationalization Inter-discipline Trans-discipline Trans-discipline  International collaboration is only a necessary condition, not a sufficient one  We need to think more about research issues, especially interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary coordination  How are different disciplines across different countries relevant to responding to research issues?  How can stakeholders access research results? →International collaboration, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary researches should be based on issue-driven approach.
  5. 5. Basic Strategy of Research Collaboration 4 Internationalization Internationalization Inter-discipline Trans-discipline Trans-discipline High Disciplined Low Issued High Disciplined Low Issued Low Disciplined Low Issued Low Disciplined High Issued Discipline-based Approach (How) Traditional Strategy Issue-based Strategy Issue-based Approach (What)
  6. 6. Basic Strategy of Research Collaboration 5 Internationalization Internationalization Inter-discipline Trans-discipline Trans-discipline High International Low Issued High International High Issued Low International Low Issued Low International High Issued International Collaboration Traditional Strategy Issue-based Strategy Issue-based Approach (What)
  7. 7. Basic Strategy of Research Collaboration 6 Internationalization Internationalization Inter-discipline Trans-discipline Trans-discipline High trans- disciplined Low issued High trans- disciplined High issued Low trans- disciplined Low issued Low trans- disciplined High issued Trans-disciplinarity Traditional Strategy Issue-based Strategy Issue-based Approach (What)
  8. 8. Basic Questions of Research Collaboration [Issue Q] What are the issues to be answered? [Inter-disciplinary Q] What disciplines are required to answer the issue? [International Q] What international collaboration is required to answer the issue and to organize an interdisciplinary team? [Research Output Q] What are the major research outputs? [Trans-disciplinary Q] What are the benefits to stakeholders of this research? [Funding Q] What are major sources of funding? 7
  9. 9. Basic Questions of Research Collaboration 8 Issues Inter- disciplinary International Research Output Trans- disciplinary Funding
  10. 10. Collaboration 1: Japan–Korea CSR Research 9 Issues Business Government Civil Society Business Employment Consumer Issues Environment Poverty Diversity • How has corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributed to community development (in six issues) and collaborated with Government and civil society sectors in Japan and Korea?
  11. 11. Collaboration 1: Japan-Korea CSR Research • Issue: Community Development • Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology, Business, Communication, Development Studies, Environmental Engineering • International: Japan, Korea • Stakeholders: Business, Governments, Civil Society • Research Output: Book • Funding: JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences) 10
  12. 12. Collaboration 1: Japan-Korea CSR Research Exchange Lectures from 2018 • Understanding East Asian Society (School of Law) • Interactive seminar though a video conference system between Kyushu University and Seoul National University • Fieldwork (Fukuoka) and student conference (Seoul) 11
  13. 13. Collaboration 2: Multicultural Democracy 12 • Social infrastructure (institution, structure, norm) promotes multicultural community-building, but also causes social exclusion • Multicultural democracy: multicultural community-building through democratic processes Social Infrastructure (Institution, Structure, Norms) Multicultural Community-building Social Exclusion What Mechanisms?
  14. 14. Collaboration 2: Multicultural Democracy 13 Data Analysis Text mining Survey Experiments International Comparison USA/UK/Canada/France/Russia /China/Korea/The Philippines/ Thailand/Indonesia/Malaysia/ Poland/Denmark
  15. 15. Collaboration 2: Multicultural Democracy • Issue: Multicultural Democracy • Disciplines: Political Science, Law, Sociology, History, Education, Linguistics, Information Science • International: Japan, USA, UK, Canada, France, Russia, China, Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Denmark • Stakeholders: Governments, Civil Society • Research Output: Seminars and Conferences, Books (Japanese, English) • Funding: JSPS 14
  16. 16. Collaboration 3: Localizing SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) 15
  17. 17. Collaboration 3: Localizing SDGs 16 • This project is in collaboration with the UN Research Institute for Social Development • We will conduct a small-scale project and a large-scale project • Small-scale Project Focus on nine cities in Japan, Korea, and China to examines and compares how SDGs have been implemented and localized in environmental, social, and economic realms. • Large-scale Project Extend the small-scale project to 20-25 cities all over the world, and organize a world conference with Governments, Businesses, and Civil sectors.
  18. 18. Collaboration 3: Localizing SDGs • Issue: SDGs (Environmental, Social, Economic initiatives) • Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Business, Development Studies, Environmental Science • International: Japan, Korea, China, and the World • Stakeholders: Government, Business, Civil Society • Research Output: Platforms, Networks, Conferences, Books (Japanese, English) • Funding: Toyota, Sasakawa, JSPS 17
  19. 19. Conclusion  International collaboration is only a starting point.  We need to think more about - research issues to be answered. - interdisciplinary research coordination to respond research issues. - transdisciplinary coordination and outputs for stakeholders  International collaboration, inter-disciplinary and trans- disciplinary researches should be based on issue-driven approach 18
  20. 20. Thank you for taking interest and for your time !! 19

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