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Dominic Glover - Research Fellow

Rural Futures; Resource Politics; Green Transformations


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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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Non-IDS publication

Farmers’ Agency and Experiences of Agricultural Change in Rural Kenya: Insights from Exploratory Fieldwork

STEPS Working Papers 102 (2018)

Using novel agricultural technologies to boost farm productivity in the face of climatic and demographic disruption remains a priority for African policy and research. This paper uses an innovative, participatory and ethnographic methodology to explore, through farmers’ experiences, the historical pathways of social, ecological and technical (socio-eco-technical) change that have reshaped agriculture More details

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Power in Practice: Insights from Technography and Actor-Network Theory for Agricultural Sustainability

Power and Practice (2017)

In this paper, we use conceptual insights from two distinct traditions within the social studies of science and technology, namely actor-network theory (ANT) and technography, to explore the relationship between power and the reconfiguration of agricultural practices toward sustainability. More details

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


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


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

Recipes for success?

06 Aug 2018
By Dominic Glover

New Matasa Fellows to make youth employment in Africa their priority

19 Feb 2018
By Marjoke Oosterom, Seife Ayele, Dominic Glover

Private sector is key for inclusive growth and decent jobs in Africa

07 Nov 2017
By Seife Ayele, Dominic Glover, Samir Khan, Marjoke Oosterom

Edible insects

05 Oct 2017
By Dominic Glover

Rethinking ‘adoption’ in African agriculture

02 Sep 2016
By Dominic Glover, Jim Sumberg

Agricultural biotech and smallholder farmers

17 Feb 2016
By Dominic Glover

Edible insects: how would you eat yours?

16 Oct 2015
By Dominic Glover

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

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