Towards Collaborative Research in International Development

The Central Role of Social Science

John Spriggs, Adjunct Professor, Barbara Chambers, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Canberra and Carole Kayrooz, Emeritus Professor, University of Canberra, Australia

The new millennium has witnessed profound changes to the way donor countries are approaching international development – with the emphasis now on collaborative, people-centred development. This timely book explores how research and research culture need to adapt to mesh with this new reality.

‘A great contribution to the field of collaborative research in international development. Not only do the authors provide excellent academic rigour and insights into the processes under study – they have personally lived the application of this in their research-for-development projects. As someone from the biophysical sciences, I can certainly testify to the effectiveness of these methods in international development projects that I have led. The authors have lived and tested this approach and I would wholeheartedly endorse their work to you.’
– Suzie Newman, Head of International Development, the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

‘For more than 40 years, small numbers of researchers have been trying to change how they collaborate with farmers to make their work more responsive to farmers' needs and local conditions. This book pulls this experience together to develop an approach with broad and strong foundations that works. Now it needs to be used by many if we have a chance of tackling the increasingly complex issues facing farmers and those to which they link.’
– Boru Douthwaite, Selkie Consulting Ltd, Ireland

2019 224 pp Hardback 978 1 78990 368 3 £67.50 £75.00 $108.00 $120.00

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