Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM153: Knowledge Exchange in Agriculture, Food and Development

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Core texts (all available in the University library)


Chilvers, J. and Kearnes, M. Remaking participation: science, environment and emergent publics. London: Routledge

Leach, M., Scoones, I. and Wynne, B (eds) (2005) Science and citizens: globalization and the challenge of engagement. London: Zed Books

Leeuwis, C. (2013). Communication for rural innovation: rethinking agricultural extension. John Wiley & Sons

Wilkinson, C. and Weitkamp, E (2016) Creative Research Communication: theory and practice.  Manchester University Press.


Introductory reading:


Fisher, R., 2013. “A gentleman’s handshake’: The role of social capital and trust in transforming information into usable knowledge. Journal of Rural Studies, 31, pp.13–22.

Harcup, T., & O'Neill, D. (2016). What is news? News values revisited (again). Journalism Studies, 1-19.

Irwin, A., 2014. From deficit to democracy (re-visited). Public Understanding of Science, 23(1), pp.71–6.

Lang, T., & Barling, D. (2012). Food security and food sustainability: reformulating the debate. The Geographical Journal, 178(4), 313–326.

Roling N.G. and Wagemakers M.A.E. (2006). Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture: Participatory Learning And Adaptive Management In Times Of Environmental Uncertainty. Cambridge University Press.

Thompson, J. and Millstone, E. (2011) Pathways to sustainable food futures in a dynamic world:

Zhang, W., Cao, G., Li, X., (2016). Closing yield gaps in China by empowering smallholder farmers. Nature, 537(7622), 671-674