Research Partnership Over Neocolonialism: Max Planck Society Policy in Latin America

  • Pedro Pineda
  • Bernhard Streitwieser
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


Theoretical approaches to North-South research partnerships have highlighted how they foster better capacity building and also come with embedded external cultural controls. An analysis of the German Max Planck Institutes’ work in Latin America illustrates how cooperation on the Northern side is promoted by well-defined programs, while on the Southern side is supported by governmental and university policies strengthening the academic environment and its international partnerships, particularly in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. However, while these collaborations give researchers from the global South greater access to a wider realm of international activity, the agendas within which they operate are still largely determined by Northern partners, which may exclude greater influence by Southern peers.


North-South partnerships Research administration Research networks Institutional research Research collaboration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Pineda
    • 1
  • Bernhard Streitwieser
    • 2
  1. 1.International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER)University of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Graduate School of Education and Human DevelopmentGeorge Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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