As academic collaborations become increasingly virtual and geographically widespread, researchers are faced with novel challenges, as well as opportunities, as they attempt to create equitable, effective research partnerships. In this essay, the authors highlight the importance of shared reflexive conversations in building a strong foundation for collaboration and the coproduction of knowledge, particularly in the midst of ongoing crises. In so doing, they reflect on their experience of planning research on social innovation in small-scale fishing communities in Africa and Asia, as a team spread across six countries.
Almas Fortunatus Mazigo holds a PhD in applied ethics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, a master of arts in development studies from University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and a bachelor of philosophy from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Italy. Mazigo is a lecturer and researcher at Dar es Salaam University’s College of Education in Tanzania. He also serves as the coordinator of DUCE’s Center for Social and Policy Research. Mazigo has interest and expertise in phronetic social science research, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions, development ethics and global justice, management of public service and organizational ethics, business ethics and corporate governance, ethics and leadership in business and politics, ethical climate change responses, sustainability thinking and practices, transformative social innovations, gender issues, and management of small and medium enterprises. He has successfully conducted research on fostering responsible climate change management, sustainable business practices, cultures and ethics of sustainability, ethical leadership practices, and ethical issues in development practices, and published his research findings in prestigious international journals such as the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and Etikk i praksis-Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics.