Everyday Experts

Peoples Knowledge Editorial Collective (eds.). (2017). Everyday Experts: How People’s Knowledge Can Transform the Food System. Coventry University.

The book will be published in Autumn 2017.

Draft Table of Contents

Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system.

Edited by the People’s Knowledge Editorial Collective.

Everyday Experts explains how knowledge built up through first-hand experience can help solve the crisis in the food system. It brings together fifty-seven activists, farmers, practitioners, researchers and community organisers from around the world to take a critical look at attempts to improve the dialogue between people whose knowledge has been marginalised in the past and others who are recognised as professional experts.

Using a combination of stories, poems, photos and videos, the contributors demonstrate how people’s knowledge can transform the food system towards greater social and environmental justice. Many of the chapters also explore the challenges of using action and participatory approaches to research.

The chapters share new insights, analysis and stories that can expand our imagination of a future that encompasses:

  • dialogue amongst those with different ways of understanding the world
  • the affirmation of Indigenous, local, traditional and other knowledge systems
  • transformed relationships amongst ourselves and with the Earth to confront inequality and environmental decline
  • changes in individuals, organisations and policies that transcend the divide between professional expertise and expertise which is derived from experience


Contact for more information:

Colin Anderson: colin.anderson@coventry.ac.uk


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