Challenges of Cross-Border Collaboration: Knowledge Networks for Innovation and Sustainability in the Global South

  • Cecilia Hidalgo
  • Claudia E. Natenzon
Part of the Greening of Industry Networks Studies book series (GINS, volume 3)


Despite many efforts to describe and characterize collaborative research on complex problems, conditions for success are not yet rigorously grounded on actual cases (Podestá et~al. Environmental Science & Policy, 26, 40–48, 2012). To compensate this lack of empirical work on specific cases, the chapter describes insights gained during a study of collaboration in three international (US-Argentina) climate variability research projects where the authors were co-investigators. Conclusions arisen which illustrate the relevance of connectivity that foster or impede collaborative production of high-quality, useable knowledge, should be an essential component of projects involving scientists, practitioners and stakeholders. Mostly as they include participants with different nationalities and backgrounds who must collectively define a new set of shared principles, concepts and aims. Monitoring and reflection must also implicate institutions (planning and funding agencies, universities, research institutes, GOs and NGOs, etc.) which are currently rehearsing their first steps in such a complex type of collaboration. The chapter present observations from various stages of the projects and extract lessons that will contribute both to design “best practices” and metrics of success in different collaborative settings and to expose some underlying assumptions about how collaboration processes occur, one of the goals of this special volume.


Cross-border Collaboration North–south Climate variability Knowledge networks 



This research was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems grants 0410348 and 0709681, by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) grant CRN-3035 and by the University of Buenos Aires through UBACyT grants F184 and F392. We are grateful to Guillermo Podesta (Univ. of Miami) who has discussed and worked with us many of the present issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Filosofía y LetrasUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias SocialesSede ArgentinaBuenos AiresArgentina

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