The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
from 4-8 September 2023
Black Dog Institute (Australia)
Dr. Sandersan Onie is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney, with a research focus in mental health and suicide prevention. He leads projects across Asia Pacific, focusing on building suicide prevention research infrastructure in line with open science practices. For example, he is leading Indonesia’s first suicide prevention strategy while creating a suicide prevention database where researchers, policymakers and non-profits can access data – addressing the lack of research resourcing. Similarly, he is deeply passionate about building open science practices in the Global South, evidenced by his activities which include leading Indonesia’s largest science webinar with a focus on open science, leading invited science policy for the Indonesian government, working together with the International Science Council to build open science across South East Asia, and more recently penning a Nature Comment on building science in the Global South. In addition, he sits on the Society for Improvement of Psychological Science Executive Committee, is the founder and chair of South East Asian Network for Open Science and is the chair for the Emotional Health for All foundation. His work and research have been extensively covered by outlets such as Forbes magazine, CNN, and ABC.
In recent years, the academic community has evaluated the research ecosystem and identified key issues which undermine the trustworthiness of its output. With it, myriad suggestions, and solutions. Despite this, change is slow and well-meaning initiatives often have adverse reactions. This is because the process of determining a vision for an ideal research system and implementing it are altogether different challenges. Furthermore, research systems in Asia, Latin America, and Africa are substantially more heterogenous than in North America, Europe, and Australia. For example, in many countries in the Global South, research culture is still labile due to the sudden introduction of policies and unique incentive structures which champion research quantity .Thus many ideas generated in one research system do not translate well and vice versa. The question becomes given reach region’s unique state, how do we champion process and institutional transparency? In this talk I discuss the different factors that affect how we approach each country, including but not limited to existing policies, centralisation of research authority, and inherent cultural beliefs. Further, I outline strategies for reform using Indonesia as an example, from a grassroots movement to influencing national infrastructure and policy.
Slides available here: https://zenodo.org/record/5482515