New Roles for Communication in Development?

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Edited by: Tessa Lewin, Blaine Harvey and Susie Page
September 2012
Volume 43 Issue 5

The landscape of research communication in development has been undergoing a significant shift in recent years. The very visible emergence of new technologies has been accompanied by other shifts in the politics and business of development knowledge: the understanding of what constitutes “expert knowledge” in development, a growing emphasis on process over product in development research and new understandings of what drives social change and policy influence.

With the rise of participatory and co-constructed communications have come suggestions that we have neglected the rigour and “hard evidence” needed to influence policy. As some have turned back to grassroots forms of communication such as community radio, they face ambivalence from others struggling to see what is new or innovative about such ‘archaic’ approaches. As such we find ourselves at an interesting juncture, one that this Bulletin aims to explore by drawing on the experiences of practitioners, theorists and community intermediaries from a wide range of disciplines.

Blane Harvey, Tessa Lewin, Catherine Fisher
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Ajoy Datta
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Kirsty Newman, Catherine Fisher, Louise Shaxson
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Patta Scott‐Villiers
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Blane Harvey, Liz Carlile, Jonathan Ensor, Ben Garside, Zachary Patterson
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Tessa Lewin, Zachary Patterson
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Nicholas Benequista, Joanna Wheeler
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Laurens Klerkx, Marc Schut, Cees Leeuwis, Catherine Kilelu
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Alun Davies, Bibi Mbete, Greg Fegan, Sassy Molyneux, Sam Kinyanjui
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Penelope Beynon, Marie Gaarder, Christelle Chapoy, Edoardo Masset
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Heather Gilberds, Mary Myers
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Simon Batchelor
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Lara Worcester
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Samia A. Rahim
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Kristina Hallez
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Tessa Lewin
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Tim Davies, Duncan Edwards
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Notes on Contributors
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