I recently found myself in an unpleasant situation after suggesting that we ( the agriculture sector) find ways to ensure that agricultural academic research be more freely available so it can be more widely read and acted upon. In my case the pushback to this idea was very fierce.
It was wonderful to chat to PhD student and Young Farming Champion Francesca Earp today. She is a very smart young woman who is hungry for equality . Our discussion led to a lightbulb moment for me helping me identify the root cause of the big challenge we are facing with our Action4Youth Program (too much happening in too short a time ). It was also great to chat to Franny about the challenges of open access to academic research and its power structures. She drew my attention to recent blog article she had published in the LSE ( London School of Economics and Political Sciences ) Impact Blog
Some poignant points she makes resonated with me
The current state of academic publishing reinforces dominant power structures and perpetuates systemic inequalities. It is crucial that we critically examine and address these issues in order to create a more inclusive and diverse academic landscape that accurately reflects the perspectives and experiences of all communities.
As scholars, we have a responsibility to seek out and engage with diverse perspectives and experiences, regardless of our academic discipline. While it is important to work towards a more inclusive and diverse academic landscape, we cannot simply wait for these changes to be made. We must take proactive steps to challenge the status quo and actively seek out the works of non-Western academics. This not only promotes a more equitable and representative academic landscape, but also enriches our own understanding and perspectives. Francesca Earp March 8th 2023
How awesome is this graphic by Tammy Vora found here