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Stellenbosch University (2021)

The uptake of wildlife research in Botswana : a study of productive interactions

Morrison, Monica Sue

Titre : The uptake of wildlife research in Botswana : a study of productive interactions

Auteur : Morrison, Monica Sue

Université de soutenance : Stellenbosch University

Grade : Doctoral Degree (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)) 2021

Résumé partiel
This study set out to identify and understand whether research carried out in or about Botswana has been focused on producing useful and used work in the area of wildlife and related natural resources, with a view to improving the management of these resources. The study investigated this by examining the interactions of researchers and stakeholders engaged in the management, conservation and use of wildlife resources in northern Botswana.This work draws on the idea that broader societal impact of research can be estimated by following interactions of researchers with potential users of their research throughout the research process.This approach, based on the idea of productive interactions, acknowledges the difficulty of attributing the uptake, use, and impacts of research findings, and moves the focus of investigation from outcomes at the end point of investigation to all the stages and processes of research. Interactions of researchers with potential users of the research -its stakeholders -increase the likelihood of research findings being put to use. In the thesis, this process is viewed through the concept of an extended community of practice that demonstrates mutual engagement, joint enterprise, and shared repertoire.The study used a mixed methods case study approach including literature review, surveys of principal investigators working under Government of Botswana permits and audience members of a public outreach event, interviews, analysis of document content and bibliographic records, and ad hoc participant observation to establish patterns of interaction among researchers and stakeholders working in northern Botswana, and to investigate perceptions of research use.The study found that the northern Botswana’s research community of practice consists of a strong core of researchers based in academic institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) who interact with more loosely connected members of the private sector and several levels of government, and with local community members

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