The shift to online working weakens bonds of trust in research networks, writes Robert Dingwall
Working remotely is all very well for those of us who have a suitable space at home. It is, however, burning through, rather than renewing, the network capital required to organise or join large research consortia.
The EU has increasingly emphasised funding research networks that spread across a considerable number of countries and institutions, uniting university or institute researchers with government, corporate or civil society partners. This practice reduces administrative costs in Brussels by outsourcing much of the grant management to consortia. It also supports the goal of promoting a common European space with shared standards of scientific practice, financial integrity, diversity and equality.