Transnational Knowledge Networks (TKN) in global science and technology is at the centre of the research agenda of the Information Management group in the School of Computing and Engineering.
The Information Management group studies Transnational Knowledge Networks as effective agents for developing and leveraging scientific capacities.
- the transfer of existing knowledge
- the creation of new knowledge
- the development of research capacities
- addressing the effects of mobility, migration and networking in scientific productivity.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, TKNs will help create an effective network to promote information exchange.
The research group is developing projects looking at TKNs in various regions and nations and in particular on the ways in which diaspora networks can help build scientific and intellectual capital.
We are currently working with communities from Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Honduras and Cuba.
We are developing research interests involving Pakistan, Tanzania and Ethiopia both in the UK and the respective countries.
The TKN model works across all levels of scientific endeavour in both advanced, intermediate and developing economies. But the model has special potential where inequalities exist which affect the conventional flows of scientific knowledge, resources and human capital.
Mobility and networking is a hallmark of successful science, but migration can and does have adverse effects.