What explains why WUR has a long-standing involvement in research for climate adaptation, and how did this research evolve?
Innovating agriculture to anticipate changing climates and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is high on the WUR research agenda. In this lecture, you will discover that research for climate adaptation is nothing recent in Wageningen, but a long-standing activity. What explains why WUR has been a major player in this field throughout its history? Find out how international trade and colonialism played a role in pioneering the adaptation of plantation crops to new climates. Nowadays, the link made between plantations and climate is quite a different one. Harro Maat exposes some intriguing connections between current climate research in Wageningen and research from the past. Discover parallels, differences, and paradoxes, and how they can be understood in the context of societal and institutional change.
About Harro Maat
Harro Maat works at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group of the Social Sciences department of Wageningen University & Research. His work focuses on the history of technology and social studies of science and technology in the context of colonialism and international development, particularly on socio-technical change in smallholder farming. Central in his historical work is the how the Dutch introduced new knowledge and technologies in the former Dutch colonial territories and how farmers, in particular smallholders, responded to the introduced changes. A first book on this topic is titled ‘Science Cultivating Practice; a history of agricultural science in the Netherlands and its colonies 1863-1986’ (Springer, 2001) and recently he co-edited a volume titled ‘Local Subversions of Colonial Cultures; Commodities and Anti-commodities in Global History’ (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).
About lecture series ‘WUR in Historical Perspective’
WUR’s 100th anniversary presents a good reason to look back on the evolution of research during that century. Focusing on a major research theme and on university-industry interactions, this series will explore how societal developments have shaped WUR’s trajectory, as well as the way in which WUR’s activities have influenced society.