Global Rural Development

Dr. Andreas Stucki

The research project aims at analyzing professional careers and networks in rural development. International organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) were and are hubs of information and knowledge transfer and places of knowledge production. The work in the FAO archives as well as in the David Lubin Memorial Library in Rome will therefore contribute to reveal the global circulation of expert knowledge in rural extension. Personal careers and networks point to significant ruptures as well as continuities in the genesis of rural development concepts as formulated in FAO or World Bank guidelines. Research has so far neglected the global entanglements of the experts (theory and practice) between the 1950s and 1980s. The project therefore tracks the global dimension of the history of rural development and the repressive elements inherent in the "promise of development".

Dr. Andreas Stucki
Ludwig and Margarethe Quidde Fellow
October 2021 – April 2022