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    Equivocations on Knowledge Systems Theory: An Actor-Oriented Critique. [REVIEW]Cees Leeuwis, Norman Long & Magdalena Villarreal - 1990 - Knowledge in Society 3 (3):19-27.
    Knowledge systems theory, in our view, tends to obscure rather than illuminate an understanding of the fundamentals of knowledge processes in society. This tendency occurs primarily because both the theory, and the methodologies that are derived from it, fail to recognize that knowledge processes are social processes, and thereby that knowledge itself has to be envisaged as a social construction. As a result of this omission, knowledge systems theory and methodology can only deal poorly with issues of power and social (...)
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    Action Research on Alternative Land Tenure Arrangements in Wenchi, Ghana: Learning From Ambiguous Social Dynamics and Self-Organized Institutional Innovation. [REVIEW]Samuel Adjei-Nsiah, Cees Leeuwis, Ken E. Giller & Thom W. Kuyper - 2008 - Agriculture and Human Values 25 (3):389-403.
    This study reports on action research efforts that were aimed at developing institutional arrangements beneficial for soil fertility improvement. Three stages of action research are described and analyzed. We initially began by bringing stakeholders together in a platform to engage in a collaborative design of new arrangements. However, this effort was stymied mainly because conditions conducive for learning and negotiation were lacking. We then proceeded to support experimentation with alternative arrangements initiated by individual landowners and migrant farmers. The implementation of (...)
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    Hands Off but Strings Attached: The Contradictions of Policy-Induced Demand-Driven Agricultural Extension. [REVIEW]Laurens Klerkx, Karin de Grip & Cees Leeuwis - 2006 - Agriculture and Human Values 23 (2):189-204.
    Although many governments have privatized their agricultural extension services, there is widespread agreement that the public sector still needs to play a role in the “agricultural knowledge market” in order to prevent market failure and other undesirable phenomena. However, appropriate mechanisms for intervention in the agricultural knowledge market are still in their infancy. This article discusses the case of the Nutrient Management Support Service (NMSS), a government-funded support service in The Netherlands designed to optimize the fit between the demand and (...)
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  4. The Politics of Knowledge in Inclusive Development and Innovation.David Ludwig, Birgit Boogaard, Phil Macnaghten & Cees Leeuwis (eds.) - 2021 - 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 emphasize 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 (...)
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    Engaging Women and the Poor: Adaptive Collaborative Governance of Community Forests in Nepal. [REVIEW]Cynthia L. McDougall, Cees Leeuwis, Tara Bhattarai, Manik R. Maharjan & Janice Jiggins - 2013 - Agriculture and Human Values 30 (4):569-585.
    Forests are a significant component of integrated agriculture-based livelihood systems, such as those found in many parts of Asia. Women and the poor are often relatively dependent on, and vulnerable to changes in, forests and forest access. And yet, these same actors are frequently marginalized within local forest governance. This article draws on multi-year, multi-case research in Nepal that sought to investigate and address this marginalization. Specifically, the article analyzes the influence of adaptive collaborative governance on the engagement of women (...)
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