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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......

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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  • 1. The Dutch knowledge landscape An introduction Sarah Cummings
  • 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. 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. Problem definition (3) Southern voices have difficulty getting a hearing - Authors in key journals are predominantly from the North - Imbalance in power relationships
  • 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. 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. Knowledge landscape Policy ECDPM IS- Academie Research Practice Hivos’knowledge programme
  • 8. Knowledge architecture • Working styles are different • Knowledge architecture different: journals and publications • Meeting places are limited • How to bring about cross-fertilisation?
  • 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. Next… • Policy (Wenny) • Practice (Josine) • Research (your reflections….)