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Towards Collaborative Research in International Development
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Towards Collaborative Research in International Development

The Central Role of Social Science

9781789903683 Edward Elgar Publishing
John Spriggs, Adjunct Professor, Barbara Chambers, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Canberra and Carole Kayrooz, Emeritus Professor, University of Canberra, Australia
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78990 368 3 Extent: 224 pp
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.

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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.

John Spriggs, Barbara Chambers and Carole Kayrooz offer their unique perspective based on their experience working in agricultural and rural development in the Indo-Pacific region. They provide a unique take on the historical context of research to support agricultural and rural development tracing its evolution following World War 2. Advocating for the critical role of social science, the authors argue that the old, technocratic approach to research should be left behind as we explore and advance a new approach to research that reflects a collaborative, people-centred development strategy. This cutting-edge book provides a step-by-step approach, based on their Collaborative Research in International Development (CRID) research model.

Pioneering the most up-to-date approaches to international development research, Towards Collaborative Research in International Development is crucial reading for researchers at all levels working in the field, particularly those working in national research bodies. Postgraduate students of development studies will also benefit from this book’s critical insights and guidance for research methods.
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‘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
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Contents: 1. Introduction to collaborative research in international development 2. Historical context for collaboration in development-oriented research 3. Emerging challenges for agricultural and rural research organizations 4. Changing the research culture to support a collaborative, people-centred development strategy 5. Towards collaborative, people-centred research 6. Foundations of a research model for collaborative, people-centred development 7. Collaborative, people-centred research in international development Bibliography Index

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