Slow research: thoughts for a movement in global health. The idea of slow research is borrowed from the “slow food” movement. In academic and activist fields of global health today, we are all being asked to be productive in ways that create a sense of having to do more and to do it faster, to multitask for survival in a global workplace, to always be thinking of the next big thing, to scale up and implement, often even before we have completed our tasks at hand. Our perception of normalcy in relation to the pace and vigor of our work seems governed by entanglements in anticipation, innovation, and speed. These demands are not simply a result of how we conceptualize efficiency or capacity. Rather, they are directly related to problems of funding (capital), globalization (scale), and quality and focus (method). A call for slow research interrogates these demands.
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