Processes of hybrid knowledge creation in pastoralist development

Tasker, Alexander John (2018) Processes of hybrid knowledge creation in pastoralist development. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This thesis addresses an under-researched disjunction surrounding knowledge creation between, and within, development and pastoralist groups. Many academics increasingly recognise pastoralist populations as creative and adaptable, yet these populations often lack the resources to develop innovations beyond the local context. Despite often being better resourced than pastoralist communities, development interventions in the Horn of Africa have achieved limited successes; an observation often linked in academic literature with a failure to rethink inappropriate established practices drawn from settled agriculture.

The need to explore new ways of understanding hybrid knowledge creation in pastoralist settings emerged from the international community’s limited understanding of informal innovation processes and unique contexts of pastoralist regions, due in part to the unsuitability of current frameworks and research tools for conceptualising informal innovation in marginal settings. This study makes an original research contribution by exploring the factors that shape processes of knowledge creation between development and pastoralist groups to answer the question what factors influence innovation in pastoralist areas?

An interconnected, mixed-methods research strategy was developed and applied to study the role of knowledge networks and framings in processes of knowledge creation amongst pastoralist and development actors innovating in North Horr, Kenya. The empirical data gathered throughout the research informed the development of an internally-valid analytical framework with which to explore innovation in this setting.

The key findings of this study highlight the importance of the contextual and often asymmetric nature of relationships in processes of emergent knowledge creation within pastoralist development. The observations collected throughout the research process provide an empirical basis from which to discuss networks, framings, and knowledge creation in pastoralist settings; contributing to wider debates surrounding informal innovation processes and narratives of pastoralist development.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF0140.A-Z > SF0140.P38
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 12:34
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 12:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80671

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