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Harro Maat has a background in Science and Technology Studies, the History of Technology and Anthropology. His currrent work focuses on technology, agriculture and development, particularly on socio-technical change in rural communities, past and present.
He collaborated in projects studying genetic variation in rice fields of African farmers, and on-farm applications of the System of Rice Intensification in India. A recent historical project focused on grassroots responses to policy plans and technology introductions as local subversions to colonial cultures. The approach and a variety of cases are presented in a volume co-edited with Sandip Hazareesingh (see the link on the publications page).
He is involved in various PhD projects, postdoctoral and Master thesis studies covering topics such as reduction of pesticide use, Poverty-Related Diseases, organic Basmati rice production, smallholder oil palm systems and community-based malaria prevention.