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Successful Launch of the Global Colleagues Program: Introducing the First Cohort


The first cohort of ASAP\’s flagship program Global Colleagues has been matched. Global Colleagues aims to foster collaboration between earlier-career scholars working on poverty-related research who are based in the Global South and more senior scholars working on similar topics at well-resourced research institutions in the South and North. Researchers at an early stage in their career do not always have strong research networks and may lack resources and funding opportunities to achieve their research goals. Experienced researchers can offer support, for example by connecting their colleagues to international networks, offering reading recommendations, and suggesting journals for publication, while gaining valuable insights into the work contexts of their earlier-career colleagues.

Prior to the program\’s launch, the ASAP matching committee received many outstanding applications by prospective earlier-career colleagues. Accepted applicants were matched with senior researchers according to mutual research interests and, where possible, cross-regionally. The first cohort of Global Colleagues comprises 34 pairings:

  1. Prof. Solomon Benatar, University of Cape Town, and Dr. Kennedy A. Alatinga
  2. Prof. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Anutechia Asongu Simplice
  3. Prof. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, York University, and Dr. Yam Bahadur Kisan
  4. Prof. Philipp Lepenies, Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr. Mohamed El-Kamel Bakari
  5. Prof. Vitor Blotta, University of Sao Paulo, and Dr. Abdullah Bayat
  6. Prof. Clemens Sedmak, Universität Salzburg, and Dr. Prasenjit Biswas
  7. Prof. Darrel Moellendorf, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, and Dr. Montserrat Culebro Juárez
  8. Prof. Nicole Hassoun, Binghamton University, and Dr. Georges Danhoundo
  9. Prof. John Roemer, Yale University, and Dr. Igbinoba Emmanuel
  10. Prof. Alberto Cimadamore, University of Bergen, and Dr. Tukur Garba
  11. Prof. Ernest Marie-Mbonda, Catholic University of Central Africa, and Francisco García Gibson
  12. Prof. Bina Agarwal, University of Manchester, and Abisagi N. Kasoma
  13. Prof. Claire Kilpatrick, European University Institute, and Gary Kelechi Amadi
  14. Prof. Kunal Sen, University of Manchester, and Ezera Madzivanyika
  15. Prof. Ashok Acharya, University of Delhi, and Nahuel Maisley
  16. Prof. Marcos Nobre, University of Campinas, and Vong Mun
  17. Prof. Kimberly Nicholas, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, and Dr. V. E. Nethaji Mariappan
  18. Prof. Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford, and Mbunya Nkemnyi
  19. Prof. Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester, and Thelma Obiakor
  20. Prof. Shalini Randeria, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Dr. Godwin Etta Odok
  21. Prof. Else Oyen, University of Bergen, and Dr. Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei
  22. Prof. Judith Teichman, University of Toronto, and Dr. Victor S. Peña
  23. Prof. Luis Cabrera, Griffith University Brisbane, and Dr. Chivoin Peou
  24. Prof. Gerry Mackie, University of California San Diego, and Dr. Márcia Pereira Cunha
  25. Prof. Jane Kububo-Mariara, University of Nairobi, and Mofizur Rahman
  26. Prof. Thomas Pogge, Yale University, and Dr. Gyana Ranjan
  27. Prof. Pahlaj Moolio, Paññāsāstra University, and Erumebor Rume Wilson
  28. Prof. Claudio Lopez-Guerra, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City, and Dr. Nicole Selamé
  29. Prof. João Feres Júnior, State University of Rio de Janeiro, and Dr. Papia Sengupta
  30. Prof. Gabriele Koehler, Max Planck Institute for Social Policy, and Moses Senkosi Balyejjusa
  31. Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, New School, and Dr. Taruna Shalini Ramessur
  32. Prof. Sonia Bhalotra, University of Bristol, and Hari Prasad Sharma
  33. Prof. David Hulme, University of Manchester, and Tamer Soyler
  34. Prof. Craig Murphy, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Mohammed Yimer Tegegne

The Global Colleagues team will support the matched colleagues for the duration of the program and, in the first instance, as they connect to agree on aims, activities and possible projects for the one-year partnership. Throughout the year, the colleagues will maintain regular contact and assess on an ongoing basis the progress made against agreed goals. As much of the program’s configurations are determined by the needs and objectives of the matched researchers, we look forward to learning about the creative means of cooperation emerging from the partnerships in the coming weeks and months.

It is hoped that this program will prove a fruitful learning experience for both colleagues and that it will set in motion a project that sees future cohorts of colleagues matched in the coming months and years.

If you are an earlier-career poverty scholar in the Global South interested in participating in future cohorts of the program, learn more about the program and apply here.

Mid- or late-career researchers interested in participating in Global Colleagues are welcome to contact Robert Lepenies at

Any feedback or reflections on this program to inform this and future cohorts would be warmly welcomed. Please contact


Strong Response for Global Colleagues Project Call

More than 75 senior and earlier-career researchers from universities around the world will take part in ASAP\’s new Global Colleagues flagship project – a response which well exceeded organizers\’ expectations.

The project is designed to promote international collaboration among poverty researchers and help earlier-career faculty working at less well-resourced universities become better integrated into global networks and develop their own research agendas. It matches established senior researchers at relatively well resourced universities in North and South countries one-to-one with earlier career researchers, typically in other countries.

\”We received a great number of applications which – and this is particularly encouraging – are very diverse,\” said Robert Lepenies, who is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy and serves as Chair of the Global Colleagues Steering Committee.

Mom Bishwakarma

\”We received notes of interest from very young scholars, as well as scholars already more fully engaged in teaching and research,\” Lepenies said. \”There is an enormous variety in terms of geographic location, and topics represented. We are sure this will make for an excellent first cohort. Further, the multiple disciplinary perspectives on poverty that earlier-career scholars contribute also presents a learning opportunity for ASAP as an organization. We\’re looking forward to watching how the partnerships will develop.\”

Senior researchers from Africa, South Asia, Europe, the Americas and elsewhere were to begin meeting with earlier-career colleagues, who are dispersed across a similar geographic range, in late spring 2015. Senior colleagues will offer advice on research plans and assistance in networking among international researchers with similar interests. Earlier career researchers, many of whom are located in provincial cities, will share insights on their contexts, local development challenges and their own research ideas. Significant benefits are expected to flow for both researchers in each pairing.

Mom Bishwakarma, a PhD researcher in Sociology at the University of Sydney who was raised in Nepal, said he was pleased to be asked to share his own insights as a member of the Global Colleagues Steering Committee. He sees strong potential in the project.

\”The Global Colleagues initiative will be effective in strengthening networking among colleagues, information sharing, selection of research priorities in the global South, enhancing the skills of junior colleagues and helping them explore resource opportunities,\” he said. \”This will be an essential project in the days to come.\”

Colleagues will be matched for an initial one-year period. Shared research interests are given emphasis in colleague pairings, and where possible and most appropriate, pairings are made across international boundaries.

Lepenies is planning to administer pre- and post-participation surveys to Colleagues as part of a research study to determine the project\’s impact, especially in terms of helping earlier-career researchers advance their research aims.

For more information on the Global Colleagues project, contact Robert Lepenies at