JOSHA’s Critical Review of “The Problem of ‘Trickle-down Science from the Global North to the Global South” by D. Reidpath and P. Allotey

Neher Aseem Parimoo, Roland Mertelsmann

Affiliation: Journal of Science, Humanities, and Arts, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Keywords: Academia, Scientific Research, Intellectual Power, Global North, Global South, 'Trickle-down Science', LMICs

Categories: News and Views

DOI: 10.17160/josha.10.6.890

Languages: English

This article by Daniel D. Reidpath and Pascale Allotey examines the issue of 'trickle-down science' from the Global North to the Global South and its impact on scientific research. The authors identify three consequences of this focus: researchers in the Global North shifting their attention away from the Global South, those trying to maintain their focus on the Global South, and frustrated researchers returning to the Global South due to a lack of opportunities. The article uses examples to illustrate the mismatch between research conducted in low- and middle-income countries and the specific needs of the Global South. The authors highlight the challenges facing the Global South and argue for a more collaborative and balanced approach that takes into account the needs and priorities of this region. This article was first published in 'BMJ Global Health' on July 05, 2019 (

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