Global South–North Partnerships: Intercultural Methodologies in Disability Research

  • Karen R. FisherEmail author
  • Xiaoyuan Shang
  • Jiawen Xie
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Adopting critical research methodologies in the global South requires straddling national and international expectations about what, how and why the research is done. One approach to deal with the competing tensions in these questions is through a global South–North research partnership that continuously reflects on and adjusts the methodology as part of the research process itself. We take the example of a research partnership between Chinese and Australian researchers to explore how the practical tensions are resolved in the choices made about the research subject, design, methods, analysis and knowledge translation. We find that the key to the intercultural practice is to prioritise the relationships in the research team, in the research setting and in the research application. The reflective relationships have the capacity to address the apparently conflicting expectations about research, in a way that incrementally adjusts the intercultural methodology.


China Power dynamics of knowledge production Process Research partnerships Research advocacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen R. Fisher
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiaoyuan Shang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jiawen Xie
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Social Policy Research CentreUNSW AustraliaSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Beijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Sociology, Shanghai Academy of Social SciencesPortlandUSA

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