CPT-37306 Politics of Knowledge and Inclusive Innovation


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work5
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. M Kramm
dr DJ Ludwig
dr. A Nieves Delgado
Lecturer(s)SJR Cummings
DE Lopez Ramirez
dr. ir. CJM Almekinders
dr. MGJ van Wessel
prof. dr. ir. C Leeuwis
Examiner(s)dr DJ Ludwig

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

SDC-36306 Perspectives and Themes in International Development Studies

Continuation courses:

CPT-32806 Change, Inter-human Processes and Communication;
CPT-37806 Researching Socio-Technical Practices, Innovation and Futures.


This course zooms in on the mechanisms and configurations that influence whether processes of social and technical innovation and transformation become inclusive, responsive and democratic. Special attention is given to analysing the power and politics involved in processes of knowledge and meaning making in the context of the formulation of development scenario's, the organisation of value chains and communication for development. In doing so, the course considers trade-offs that occur between different scales and societal objectives related to livelihoods, agro-food networks and the environment. Analysis is combined with the evaluation of strategies (notably the formulation of 'theories of change', policy briefs and advocacy campaigns) geared towards bringing about inclusive and equitable innovation and development.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify fields of activity and intervention that relate to inclusive innovation and communication for international development;
- analyse mechanisms/strategies that lead to inclusion or exclusion of vulnerable groups in innovation trajectories;
- analyse the cross-scale dynamics of innovation and how they relate to inclusion and exclusion mechanisms as well as trade-offs between different development objectives;
- assess and evaluate strategies and policies related to knowledge, research and communication that are relevant to fostering inclusive innovation.


Researchers and policy makers operating in strategic arena's provide guest-lectures that add value to the literature. Discussion assignments in class are linked with a group assignment that fosters the development of analytical understanding and strategic skills. Students are involved in peer reviewing the results of the group assignment.


- written exam (70%);
- group presentation in which insights generated through the course are applied to a case chosen by the student (30%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Conceptual and practical literature related to inclusion and exclusion mechanisms will be presented and discussed, and linked to case-studies that have been published in the international literature.

Compulsory for: MIDInternational Development StudiesMScC: Spec. C - Inclusive Innovation, Communication & Development2AF