Confronting Unequal Worlds of Development: The Crisis of Public Knowledge

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Is there a crisis of public knowledge? Learn more in this highly readable and informative report from the conference on Confronting Unequal Worlds of Development.

The conference “Confronting Unequal Worlds of Development: Crisis of Public Knowledge, and the Transnational Social Science Agenda” was held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. 25-26 October, 2012. We are a bit tardy in promoting this report from the conference, but it’s not likely a great deal has changed in the last six months.

Despite the ponderous title, this is a highly readable and informative report on the creation of  public knowledge in the Mekong region and challenges to scaling up those efforts. The authors address some thorny questions:

• Under what conditions have various approaches to public knowledge creation been successful?

• How can public knowledge be meaningful for people from different social classes?

• How might the social sciences better inform public knowledge? What barriers need to be overcome and how?

• What questions should be posed regarding the resource economy in the ASEAN region that at present are not being asked?

A worthwhile read for all you “knowledge workers” out there busy producing yet more information.

Download the report Confronting Unequal Worlds of Development.

“Confronting Unequal Worlds of Development: Crisis of Public Knowledge, and the Transnational Social Science Agenda” was produced with financial support provided by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food-Mekong  through a grant from AusAID. This initiative was funded as a Challenge Program ‘Opportunity Fund’ activity.

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