PhD Defence: Knowledge Production, Agriculture and Commons: The Case of Generation Challenge Programme

On Monday the 18th Soutrik Basu of the Rural Sociology Group will defend his PhD dissertation entitled “Knowledge Production, Agriculture and Commons: the Case of Generation Challenge Programme” in the Aula of Wageningen University. The defence will start at 13.30hrs on monday the 18th of April.

Knowledge Production, Agriculture and Commons: The Case of Generation Challenge Programme

The discourse on knowledge production is in constant transformation: on the one hand, there is the emergence of instrumental knowledge production based on scientific utility and socio-economic relevance and marked by property regimes, while on the other hand, there is another form of knowledge production based on cooperation, communication and the sharing of knowledge often entitled the open-source production or commons-based peer production (CBPP) mode. Both these trends are reflected partially or in full measure within the agrarian knowledge production programme called Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). GCP is an international knowledge production platform that aims to use plant genetic diversity to develop technologies to support plant breeders in developing countries. This research aims at understanding the dynamics of the knowledge production in the GCP drought-tolerant rice research network in Indian context to reflect on the ways in which its knowledge production evolves and the implications of this for agrarian knowledge production and agrarian knowledge producing institutions. Continue reading