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The resilience of regional African HIV/AIDS research networks to the withdrawal of international authors in the subfield of public administration and governance: lessons for funders and collaborators

  • Michael QuayleEmail author
  • Maura Adshead


This paper compares the position and performance of Africans in international research networks, comparing a well-funded and internationally driven research network against a network developing organically with less funding and oversight. Specifically, we map the co-authorship networks related to African governance and public policy (1) in general and (2) related to HIV/AIDS. In both research networks Africans are well positioned globally, but African authors have lower connectivity and status in the HIV/AIDS network than the general network. Links between authors in different African countries are often bridged by non-Africans. This makes the African research networks vulnerable to shifting funding priorities; and international dropout would fragment the HIV/AIDS network more than the general network. We conclude that funders and researchers should prioritize direct inter-country African collaborations to improve the resilience of African research networks.


Bibliometric analysis African scholarship Research networks Funding priorities 



This work was supported by the Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education Authority.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Social Issues Research, School of PsychologyUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, School of Applied Human SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Politics and Public AdministrationUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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