Open A.I.R. is engaged in two types of research: Case Studies and Future Foresighting. View our Research Ethics Policy.
The 19 case studies are examining conditions across the African continent.
The countries involved in the project are the following:
The Open A.I.R. future foresighting research is generating scenarios for future interactions in Africa among intellectual property (IP), open/collaborative creativity and innovation for development. The foresight research data collection is being conducted via open-ended, semi-structured qualitative interviews with key actors. In addition, foresighting exercises have been taking place at Open A.I.R. workshops.
For the foresight interviews, most of the interviewees are residents of Africa or diasporic Africans – although a number of non-African global leaders are also being interviewed to provide wider context.
The foresighting work is inextricably linked to the case studies. The case studies were designed to identify problems and opportunities in relation to the six Open A.I.R. research themes; the foresighting has been designed to generate solutions, and plan for contingencies, in relation to the problems and opportunities elucidated by the case studies.
Foresighting techniques are not entirely new to either IP or development, but they have 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.