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Dominic Glover - Research Fellow

Rural Futures; Resource Politics; Green Transformations
E: d.glover@ids.ac.uk

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Dominic Glover specialises in the study of technology and processes of socio-technical change, particularly in small-scale farming in the global South. He has more than 14 years of experience in research, policy analysis and communication on technological change, innovation, knowledge systems, governance and policy processes relating to agriculture, biotechnology and rural development.

He is currently completing a four-year collaborative research programme that aims to understand the emergence and spread of a rice cultivation method called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). He is now beginning new research projects with various international collaborators, on Indian seed companies that are entering African seed markets, on rice cultivation system in the Philippines, and on the potential futures of entomophagy – insect-consumption – in the global food system. He is also a member of the STEPS Centre.

Dominic was based at IDS from 2000 to 2008, during which time he completed his PhD on the role of transnational biotechnology corporations in the development and commercialisation of transgenic crops in developing countries. He then worked for six years as a post-doc at Wageningen University in the Netherlands before returning to IDS as a Fellow in May 2014.

Dominic has served as an advisor and editor at SciDev.Net and as a consultant to the FAO and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Alongside research, he has extensive experience in the field of communication, especially writing about technical topics for non-specialist audiences in the form of policy briefings, articles for the web and live blogging from conferences.

Tomorrow Today is a horizon scanning programme designed to support the preliminary but systematic exploration of new and emergent policy issues.

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This project examines the effects of GM seeds on the ‘indigenous management skill’ (IMS) that is crucial to the productivity and sustainability of small-scale crop cultivation.

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This project will look broadly at the potential implications of entomophagy (insect eating) for the global food system.

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IDS publications on international development research

Heirloom Rice in Ifugao: An 'Anti-Commodity' in the Process of Commodification

The Journal of Peasant Studies (2017)

‘Heirloom rice’ is a boundary concept that enables social entrepreneurs to commodify traditional landraces. More details

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Integrating Sustainable Development: A Foresight Analysis of Interactions Among Competing Development Challenges

IDS Evidence Report 204 (2016)

This report documents explores the interactions among three key goals of international development policy and practice, namely reducing inequalities, accelerating sustainability and building secure and inclusive societies. More details

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Achieving Diverse Development Goals: How can Different Goals be Pursued Together?

IDS Policy Briefing 125 (2016)

In 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to focus development policy globally. The Goals range across diverse fields of public policy from industry, finance and agriculture to education, sanitation, social protection and environmental stewardship. More details

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Edible Insects and the Future of Food

IDS Policy Briefing 114 (2016)

Some experts think that edible insects could be a good option for sustainable protein production and consumption, and one of the keys to global food security in a world of nine billion people or more. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Disembedding grain: Golden Rice, the Green Revolution, and heirloom seeds in the Philippines.

Agriculture and Human Values (2016)

"Golden Rice" has played a key role in arguments over genetically modified (GM) crops for many years. It is routinely depicted as a generic GM vitamin tablet in a generic plant bound for the global South. But the release of Golden Rice is on the horizon only in the Philippines, a country with a storied history and complicated present, and contested future for rice production and consumption. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Biotechnology; Environment; Science and Society.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia; STEPS.