The Dutch knowledge landscape

         An introduction

         Sarah Cummings
Problem definition (1)
The domains of policy, research and
 practice work in isolation focusing on
 their own domain-relat...
Problem definition (2)
Learning across the knowledge system
  takes place only on an ad hoc basis
- Most approaches to lea...
Problem definition (3)
Southern voices have difficulty getting a
  hearing
- Authors in key journals are predominantly
  f...
Why should domains cooperate?
              (1)
• Efficiency, effectiveness argument
• Duplication, reinventing the wheel
...
Why should domains
          cooperate? (2)
• Development as a wicked problem
  or a group of interlinked wicked
  problem...
Knowledge landscape

                 Policy
                                ECDPM
IS-
Academie




  Research            ...
Knowledge architecture
• Working styles are different
• Knowledge architecture different: journals
  and publications
• Me...
Ivory towers…
Definition
A place or attitude of retreat, especially preoccupation with
  lofty, remote, or intellectual co...
Next…
• Policy (Wenny)
• Practice (Josine)
• Research (your reflections….)
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This presentation was prepared as an introduction to the workshop 'Connecting ivory towers: triangulation of knowledge from practice, research and policy-making' at the the Ceres Summer School on 3 July 2009. The workshop was convened by Wenny Ho, Josine Stremmelaar and me.

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The Dutch Knowledge Landscape Presentation

  1. 1. The Dutch knowledge landscape An introduction Sarah Cummings
  2. 2. Problem definition (1) The domains of policy, research and practice work in isolation focusing on their own domain-related interests - Researchers want publications in top rated journals, and the interventionism of their approach is not acknowledged - Practitioners are to much in ‘do’ mode and have little theoretical underpinning - Policymakers are focused on political imperatives and deadlines, often ‘cherry- picking’ to support predetermined decisions
  3. 3. Problem definition (2) Learning across the knowledge system takes place only on an ad hoc basis - Most approaches to learning and knowledge have an organisational focus - Efforts to systematise sectoral learning (water, agriculture) are in their infancy - Very little emphasis on the knowledge system
  4. 4. Problem definition (3) Southern voices have difficulty getting a hearing - Authors in key journals are predominantly from the North - Imbalance in power relationships
  5. 5. Why should domains cooperate? (1) • Efficiency, effectiveness argument • Duplication, reinventing the wheel • Conception of the Triple Helix with innovation at the intersections (Loet Leydesdorff and colleagues)
  6. 6. Why should domains cooperate? (2) • Development as a wicked problem or a group of interlinked wicked problems • Wicked problems are without any solution but nevertheless urgently require and answer • Resolved with knowledge of different sorts and not solved (Brown, Engel) • Require a unified response
  7. 7. Knowledge landscape Policy ECDPM IS- Academie Research Practice Hivos’knowledge programme
  8. 8. Knowledge architecture • Working styles are different • Knowledge architecture different: journals and publications • Meeting places are limited • How to bring about cross-fertilisation?
  9. 9. Ivory towers… Definition A place or attitude of retreat, especially preoccupation with lofty, remote, or intellectual considerations rather than practical everyday life. Free Online dictionary A pre-occupation and isolation in domain-related considerations in the knowledge landscape
  10. 10. Next… • Policy (Wenny) • Practice (Josine) • Research (your reflections….)

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