Boru Douthwaite is a PhD in Agriculture (Technology Policy Analysis). He is an independent researcher and evaluator interested in understanding how research outputs and processes can be used to catalyse and bolster rural innovations.
Toward this end, Boru has pioneered the use of ‘Theory of Change and Impact Pathways’ in international agricultural research as a framework for planning, implementation, reflection, learning, and evaluation. He has worked for WorldFish as Principal Scientist on Innovation Systems. Before that, he served as the Innovation and Impact Director of CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) and as a Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with the responsibility to design and implement programmes related to generating and evaluating outcomes and impacts.
Dr Boru has published a book titled Enabling Innovation: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Fostering Technological Change, which presents a model for grassroots, user-led innovation applicable to agriculture, industry, economy and IT. He has authored over 30 articles in refereed journals.