058: Science cooperation and knowledge sociology with Anna-Katharina Hornidge

In this episode, Stefan interviews Anna-Katharina Hornidge. Anna is the Director of the German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany, one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. She is also a Professor of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Bonn.

Anne refers to herself as a Development and Knowledge Sociologist with a focus on natural resource governance and sense-making, the social construction of knowledges and ‘realities’, as well as cultures of knowledge production and sharing. She is also an advocate of transformative science to advance inter- and transdisciplinary science cooperation.

In the episode, Anna tells us about her career and path into science leadership through Southeast Asian Studies, sociology, development and environmental governance research. We then discuss how she draws on a constructivist perspective, and how this can be applied to understand how and why knowledge is produced within the science system, and the implications this had on funding structures, outcomes and development politics. Anna also gives her take on making interdisciplinary research work in practice, and the challenges with pushing forward a transformative science agenda.

Anna’s homepage: https://www.die-gdi.de/en/anna-katharina-hornidge/

Anna’s twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnaK_Hornidge

German Development Institute twitter: https://twitter.com/DIE_GDI