19th January 2018

Publication on impact analyzed from different scientific approaches

Astrid Offermans and Pieter Glasbergen published an article in 'Development in Practice'. In this article, the authors explain that social scientists have the freedom to adopt different methodological approaches when researching development. They illustrate how four common social scientific methodologies (positivism, social constructivism, action research, and normative political theory) differently conceptualise the effects of sustainability certification on Indonesian smallholder farmers. It shows that each approach results in different insights, offering a web of information to practitioners. Better understanding the different methodologies may help practitioners to take position in dilemmas, not in a linear process of knowledge accumulation, but in an iterative process of research consultation and practices.

The article can be downloaded at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09614524.2017.1360249