Putting heads together: knowledge brokering and co-creation in Food & Business Research


Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP)-funded research embarks on knowledge-co-creation in transdisciplinary consortia. However, it is insufficiently clear what contextual factors and institutional dynamics affect multi-actor and cross-sector learning; and whether it leads to research uptake and sustainable institutional change. This project aims to unravel knowledge brokering, learning and knowledge co-creation in two F&BKP consortia and their networks. Systematic literature review and comparative action research will generate insight into (i) how knowledge co-creation and learning processes are organised; (ii) how and under what conditions knowledge co-creation involving local people’s tacit knowledge, practitioners’ experiential knowledge, and researchers’ generalized knowledge can lead to better research uptake; and (iii) the prospects of institutionalising the processes after project closure. Focusing on the practitioners-driven TREEFARMS project, Ghana (applied research) and the researchers-driven Inclusive Value Chain Collaboration project in Ghana and South Africa (integrated programme), the project compares knowledge co-creation and learning between countries and from two different entry points for transdisciplinary research, while connecting those to the F&BKP as a third learning platform. Deliverables include a systematic literature review on knowledge brokering/co-creation and joint learning in transdisciplinary contexts; insights into how these processes materialise within the F&BKP; and a framework for implementation in other contexts. Results will be published in peer-reviewed articles and tailor-made outputs.


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Project number

W 08.117.101

Main applicant

Dr. M.A.F. Ros-Tonen

Affiliated with

Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen, Urban Geographies / Urban Studies

Team members

Dr. M.A.F. Ros-Tonen


01/09/2017 to 14/08/2020