Who does open research benefit? Contextualizing the usefulness and risks of open qualitative research in development and public health research

This event is a part of the Open and Responsible Science Campaign at EUR.
Tuesday 25 Apr 2023, 15:00 - 16:30
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International Institute of Social Studies (Den Haag), Aula B

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Who are the stakeholders and dynamics that influence the generation, distribution and uptake of open research and open qualitative data and to what extent do these support development and healthcare efforts in communities around the globe?

There is broad agreement that openness of research data helps both with the quality of research but also with research sustainability, as local communities on the ground can experience research fatigue and are ever more aware of privacy risks. The research data ecosystem and communities of practice surrounding open research data are developing at great speed and it is useful to take stock of who these are and how these contribute to the mission and ethics of research. 

Arul Chib (ISS), Roland Bal (ESHPM), and Katherine Reilly (SFU) will critically discuss the value and role of open research and open ethnographic data for communities and other stakeholders involved in facilitating data streams within public health and development work.

This event is a part of the Open and Responsible Science Campaign at EUR. Please check the campaign page for information about other events in this series.


Arul Chib is Professor of Technology and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was formerly  Department Lead, Strategic Communications and Technology, at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and Director of the Singapore Internet Research Center at Nanyang Technological University. He investigates emergent information and communication technologies as transformational tools in resource-constrained environments, with an emphasis on the socio-structural contexts of power within which social change occurs. His present research examines the agency, appropriation and innovative use of digital technologies by marginalized communities.  

Roland Bal is Professor of Healthcare and Governance at Erasmus School of Public Health and Management. His main research interest is the building, functioning and consequences of (inter)national, sectoral, organisational knowledge infrastructures for the governance of health care. Currently he is working on projects on organisational infrastructures for quality and safety in health care related to the regionalisation of elderly and mental healthcare and a study on task differentiation of nursing care. Methodologically, he is specialised in qualitative, mainly ethnographic research methods and has become increasingly interested in 'interventionist' or 'action' research as well as on the study of 'complex' interventions in health care and 'mixed methods' research. 

Katherine Reilly is Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Associated Dean of Research at the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology at Simon Frazer University. She uses partnership frameworks and action research to develop data literacy techniques that articulate citizen, community or group values towards private sector use of communal data assets, personal identities, cultural patrimony and the like. She also studies the policy regime for data and advocate for socially-oriented approaches to data regulation in the platform economy.

If you have questions with regards to this event, get in touch with Bora Lushaj, Research Data Steward at International Institute of Social Studies.


To register for this event, please send an email with subject 'Who does open research benefit?' containing your name and the name of your school/department to Bora Lushaj, Research Data Steward at International Institute of Social Studies.

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