Indo-French Cooperation in Water Sciences: Capturing Research Dynamics through Co-authorship Analysis
by Shilpa and Sujit Bhattacharya
Current Science, 2017, 113(09), 1668-1674.
Abstract: Water scarcity and quality are among the key challenges of the 21st century. Compelling necessity to address this problem has led to the emergence of various types of international collaboration. India is one of the countries seriously affected by water scarcity and quality. International collaboration has emerged as an important component of India's strategy for mitigating the water-related challenges. One of the key linkages in India's international cooperation in water sciences is observed with France. This cooperation has led to the establishment of two joint laboratories: Indo-French Centre for Groundwater Research and Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences. The present study examines the structure of this research cooperation through co-authorship analysis. Analysis over a period of time showed that authors from the two laboratories played a key role in developing the network. The importance of this network is also discussed.
Keywords: Co-authorship network, international collaboration, research dynamics, social network analysis, water sciences.