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The Politics of Knowledge in Inclusive Development and Innovation

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Ludwig, D., Boogaard, B., Macnaghten, P., & Leeuwis, C. (2021). The Politics of Knowledge in Inclusive Development and Innovation (1st ed.). Routledge.

This book develops an integrated perspective on the practices and politics of making knowledge work in inclusive development and innovation.

While debates about development and innovation commonly appeal to the authority of academic researchers, many current approaches emphasise the plurality of actors with relevant expertise for addressing livelihood challenges. Adopting an action-oriented and reflexive approach, this volume explores the variety of ways in which knowledge works, paying particular attention to dilemmas and controversies. The six parts of the book address the complex interplay of knowledge and politics, starting with the need for knowledge integration in the first part and decolonial perspectives on the politics of knowledge integration in the second part. The following three parts focus on the practices of inclusive development and innovation through three major themes of learning for transformative change, evidence, and digitisation. The final part of the book addresses the governance of knowledge and innovation in the light of political struggles about inclusivity.

Exploring conceptual and practical themes through case studies from the Global North and South, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and practitioners researching and working in development studies, epistemology, innovation studies, science and technology studies, and sustainability studies more broadly.


  • Making knowledge work differently. The politics of knowledge in inclusive development and innovation | By David Ludwig, Cees Leeuwis, Birgit K. Boogaard, Phil Macnaghten

Part I - Crossing epistemic boundaries

  • Chapter 1. Making transdisciplinarity work. An epistemology of inclusive development and innovation | By David Ludwig, Birgit K. Boogaard
  • Chapter 2. Making knowledge from below | B ySenna Middelveld, Harro Maat, Phil Macnaghten
  • Chapter 3. A transdisciplinary perspective on gender mainstreaming in international development: the case of the CGIAR | By Diana E. Lopez, David Ludwig

Part II - Decolonising knowledge integration

  • Chapter 4. A systemic approach to the decolonisation of knowledge. Implications for scholars of development studies | By Sarah Cummings, Nyamwaya Munthali, Peter Shapland
    Chapter 5. How the elite capture critique is used to legitimise top-down control of development resources | By Peter Shapland, Annemarie van Paassen, Conny Almekinders
  • Chapter 6. ‘Development' perspectives from the Global South. Learning from Ubuntu and Buen Vivir philosophies | By Birgit K. Boogaard, Dorine E. van Norren

Part III - Learning for transformative change

  • Chapter 7. Learning and change in and through action-oriented research | By Barbara van Mierlo, Annemarie van Paassen, Rico Lie, Elias Damtew, Loes Witteveen
  • Chapter 8. Towards design principles for diversity sensitive learning | By Rico Lie, Birgit K. Boogaard, Loes Witteveen
  • Chapter 9. Learning from histories of gender and racial segregation in agricultural education and extension worldwide | By Margreet van der Burg

Part IV - Rethinking evidence in development

  • Chapter 10. Theorising theories of change in international development. What counts as evidence? | ByKatarzyna Cieslik, Cees Leeuwis
  • Chapter 11. The politics of evidence-based advocacy by civil society organisations | By Margit van Wessel

Part V - Negotiating technological change and digitalisation

  • Chapter 12. A problematisation of inclusion and exclusion. Trade-offs and nuances in the digitalisation of African agriculture | By Mariette McCampbell, Kelly Rijswijk, Hannah Wilson, Laurens Klerkx
  • Chapter 13. Responsibly designing digital agriculture services under uncertainty in the Global South. The case of Esoko-Ghana | By Andy Bonaventure Nyamekye, Laurens Klerkx, Art Dewulf
  • Chapter 14. Mobilising knowledge sharing in the agricultural advisory system. The case of ICT-facilitated plant doctor chat groups | By Šarūnas Jomantas, Nyamwaya Munthali, Annemarie van Paassen, Conny Almekinders, Anna Wood, Christine Alokit, Birgitta Oppong-Mensah, Willis Ochilo, Dannie Romney

Part VI - Governing knowledge and innovation

  • Chapter 15. Making dialogue work. Responsible innovation and gene editing | By Phil Macnaghten, Esha Shah, David Ludwig
  • Chapter 16. Making knowledge work in practice. An integrative methodology for researching performance in global commodity chains and local food markets | BySietze Vellema, Faustina Obeng Adomaa, Mirjam Schoonhoven-Speijer
  • Chapter 17. The conundrum of articulating societal knowledge and technology demand | ByCees Leeuwis

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