Building local research capacity is an enduring challenge that confronts many higher education systems particularly when aspirations for a knowledge economy dominate policymaking. While research capacity has received tremendous attention among international development agencies and scholars, the discourse is largely oriented towards infrastructure, skills training and best practices. This study interrogates the concept of local research capacity building as a dynamic process. By contrasting the policy rhetoric with the lived experiences of academics based in Kazakhstan, we propose a conceptual model to illustrate the diverse levels of research capacity building: resources, locality, relevance, human capital and culture. This study examines research capacity building in the context of the internationalisation of higher education as researchers become increasingly mobile. We argue that investing in infrastructure and human capital are insufficient for capacity building. Rather, sustainable capacity building requires research that is relevant to the local context and a cultural environment that can nurture a vibrant research community.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management|
|Early online date||27 Mar 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 4 May 2019|
- capacity building
- research capacity
- higher education
- knowledge production
- local development
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- Moray House School of Education and Sport - Lecturer in Comparative Education & Education Policy
- Institute for Education, Community & Society
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