Open A.I.R. is engaged in two types of research: Case Studies and Future Foresighting. View our Research Ethics Policy.
Case studies have examined conditions across the African continent.
Personnel based in 14 African countries, as listed below, are directly involved in the project (see the Team page for participant profiles):
The Open A.I.R. foresight research is generating scenarios for future interactions in Africa among IP, open/collaborative creativity and innovation for development. The foresight research data collection has been conducted via open-ended, semi-structured qualitative interviews with key actors. In addition, foresighting exercises have been conducted at Open A.I.R. researcher meetings in Cape Town, Nairobi, Washington, Rio and Dakar.
For the foresight interviews, most of the interviewees have been residents of Africa or diasporic Africans – although a number of non-African global leaders were also interviewed to provide wider context.
The foresighting work has been inextricably linked to the case studies. The case studies were designed to identify existing problems and opportunities in relation to the six Open A.I.R. research themes, while the foresighting was designed to generate future scenarios, for 20 years from now in the year 2035, in relation to the problems and opportunities elucidated by the case studies.
Foresighting techniques are not entirely new to research into IP or into development, but before this project they had not yet been intensively applied to exploration of the intersection between IP and development. This component of the Open A.I.R. research methodology is thus integral both to answering the project’s research questions and to broadening and building the capacity of the researchers in the Open A.I.R. network.