Building bridges and breaking down silos: A framework for developing interdisciplinary, international academic-community research collaborations for the benefit of sexual and gender minority youth

Craig, Shelley L., Eaton, Andrew D., Brooks, Ashley S., McInroy, Lauren B., Lozano-Verduzco, Ignacio, Austin, Ashley, Dentato, Michael P., Mendoza Pérez, Juan Carlos and McDermott, Daragh T. (2022) Building bridges and breaking down silos: A framework for developing interdisciplinary, international academic-community research collaborations for the benefit of sexual and gender minority youth. Psychology and Sexuality. ISSN 1941-9902

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2022.2043421

Abstract

Interdisciplinary collaboration fuels research innovation and funders are increasingly offering long-term grants prioritising partnerships. However, a gap remains regarding the effective development, evaluatation, and sustainment of research partnerships; particularly those supporting marginalised populations like sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY). There is a concomitant need to expand research internationally to cross-culturally conceptualise SGMY’s experiences, which information and communication technologies (ICTs) may facilitate. The International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR) is a research consortium comprising over 40 academic and community representatives investigating and addressing issues faced by SGMY in Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), and Mexico from an interdisciplinary perspective by: (a) conducting and disseminating interventions and exploratory research on SGMY’s ICT use, and (b) training cohorts of SGMY scholars and practitioners. This article details INQYR’s rationale and formation, including its objectives and organisational framework. Facilitators and barriers are discussed through reflection on INQYR’s first operational phase from 2018–2021, considering collaboration with diverse stakeholders and settings; shared goals; language and technology barriers; personal and workload barriers; infrastructure; and power and historical tensions. Implications for other research partnerships and concrete tools such as author guidelines for large-scale research partnership formation, operation, and evaluation are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: LGBTQ+, sexual and gender minority youth, research collaborations, academic-community partnerships, international
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 12:09
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 12:09
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707420

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