Peter Andrew Tamás

Peter Andrew Tamás
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Biometris

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Introduction
Peter Andrew Tamás currently works at the Biometris, Wageningen University & Research. Peter does research in Qualitative Social Research, Social Theory and Social and Political Philosophy.
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September 2016 - November 2017
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • Lecturer
September 2012 - present
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • Lecturer and Researcher

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Publications (32)
Technical Report
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Carrying out monitoring, evaluating and learning for advocacy is notoriously difficult. Efforts usually do not lead to impact directly. Many actors and factors influence how change occurs, and evidence is hard to come by. At the same time, advocacy is an important and complex part of the efforts towards changes that so many of us work for. Understa...
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One challenge for those reading methodological debates in low consensus fields is determining the outcome when participants do not share standards. When parties to a debate do not agree on the standards to be used in assessing their arguments (i.e., quality), it may be useful to ask first if parties’ contributions meet their own expectations (i.e.,...
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Research that addresses complex challenges often requires contributions from the social, life and natural sciences. The disciplines that contribute subject response data, and more specifically qualitative analyses of subject response data, to interdisciplinary studies are characterised by low consensus with respect to methods they use a diversity o...
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There's a lot of interest in advocacy in the development sector. But it rarely zooms in on how advocacy is actually done at country-level. While this is where much important work is being carried out, by advocates often working in challenging conditions. In this free e-book you find stories from advocates in South Sudan, Nigeria, Burundi, CAR and A...
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There's a lot of interest in advocacy in the development sector. But it rarely zooms in on how advocacy is actually done at country-level. While this is where much important work is being carried out, by advocates often working in challenging conditions. In this free e-book you find stories from advocates in South Sudan, Nigeria, Burundi, CAR and A...
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The news media in general, and newspapers in particular, are supposed to provide a forum for public debate. These expectations of news media take on a heightened relevance in the case of wicked problems precisely because of the irreducible complexity, the inherent tensions, and the multiplicity of stakeholders and conflicting interests involved in...
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Development organizations commonly work with Theories of Change (ToCs). However, what goes on in reality can be very different and remain hidden. Also keeping from view much that is strong in a programme. We researched this issue looking into a multi-country advocacy programme of Hivos and published this policy brief yesterday. Questions we address...
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Media scholarship has commonly regarded newspapers as an essential element of strong democratic societies: a forum that structures public debate, providing engaged citizens with coherent frameworks to identify, interpret and tackle complex issues. Despite general agreement on the merits of this goal, there is little empirical evidence suggesting it...
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Since the early work on defining and analyzing resilience in domains such as engineering, ecology and psychology, the concept has gained significant traction in many fields of research and practice. It has also become a very powerful justification for various policy goals in the water sector, evident in terms like flood resilience, river resilience...
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As the international community increases investment in agricultural adaptation to climate change in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is increasing demand to extract generalized knowledge claims about vulnerability from individual studies. If synthesis is to successfully produce sound generalized knowledge claims, relevant evidence mus...
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Social movement scholars often want their research to make a difference beyond the academy. Readers will either read reports directly or they will read reviews that aggregate findings across a number of reports. In either case, readers must find reports to be credible before they will take their findings seriously. While it is not possible to predi...
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This article analyzes the interaction of the traces of war with institutional hybridity in shaping the use of space in the periphery of Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In peri-urban Bukavu, the urbanization of previously rural areas has created an uncertain mixture of land allocation mechanisms that are not adequately explained...
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Those who have settled in Bukavu’s periphery in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo cannot rely on statutory title or practices to secure their claims to land. Land is scarce, institutional competition rampant, and predation endemic. Land administration in Bukavu is a paradigmatic case of hybridity: there are a diversity of interpenetrating bu...
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Governance of food systems is a poorly understood determinant of food security. Much scholarship on food systems governance is non-empirical, while existing empirical research is often case study-based and theoretically and methodologically incommensurable. This complicates aggregation of evidence and generalization. This paper presents a review of...
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This work investigates the impact of human-human interaction on a target behaviour change by comparing the effect of programme delivery of a fixed set of tailored information via proximate but trivial interaction between subjects and volunteers, a set of well-produced single-topic colour leaflets, and a control on behaviour in a real world setting....
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Despite recognition that database search alone is inadequate even within the health sciences, it appears that reviewers in fields that have adopted systematic review are choosing to rely primarily, or only, on database search for information retrieval. This commentary reminds readers of factors that call into question the appropriateness of default...
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The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change brings expectations that states will be held to account for their commitments. The article elaborates on why this is not a realistic assumption unless a broader multilevel perspective is taken on the nature of accountability regimes for international (legal) agreements. The formal accoun...
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In the mid-2000s, several highly-cited papers called for improving conceptual coherence and methodological transparency in vulnerability research to support greater policy relevance. As reducing vulnerability rises on political agendas, identifying empirically validated measures will become increasingly important in the design and evaluation ofmult...
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A conceptual framework was constructed for United Nations' complex Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.7 focusing on education for sustainable development (ESD), and used to analyse the usefulness and character of indicators produced from a values-based approach called ESDinds, compared to a UN process. The analysis shows that the latter ge...
Technical Report
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Governance of food systems is a poorly understood determinant of food security. Much scholarship on food systems governance is non-empirical, while existing research is often case study-based and theoretically and methodologically incommensurable. This frustrates aggregation of evidence and generalisation. We undertook a systematic review of method...
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Evidence-based development suggests empirical choice of evaluation methods. Systematic review (SR) is increasingly used in development but, to our knowledge, has not informed methods selection. This article tests SR for methods selection for evaluation in health and conflict studies. The review comprised a reproducible literature search, inclusion...
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There is increasing interest in using systematic review to synthesize evidence on the social and environmental effects of and adaptations to climate change. Use of systematic review for evidence in this field is complicated by the heterogeneity of methods used and by uneven reporting. In order to facilitate synthesis of results and design of subseq...
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A conceptual framework was constructed for United Nations’ complex Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.7 focusing on education for sustainable development (ESD), and used to analyse the usefulness and character of indicators produced from a values-based approach called ESDinds, compared to a UN process. The analysis shows that the latter ge...
Technical Report
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The research provides the foundation for a conceptually coherent and empirically valid approach to measuring farmers’ vulnerability to climate change and the way it changes over time. As vulnerability cannot be directly observed, most vulnerability assessments rely on measuring a set of “vulnerability indicators” which vary considerably. The divers...
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We propose a simple checklist for the users of policy supporting research in order to decide whether a piece of research begs further study or can be dismissed right away. The checklist focusses on the quality of the research question (is it a research question, and is the research question answerable); the kind of knowledge along with the order, l...
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Eppur si muove– Allegedly said by Galileo GalileiWe are pleased that the editor of this journal was swift in publishing a reply to our review of recent contributions and status of Q-methodology. Steven Brown, Stentor Danielson and Job van Exel have introduced a number of substantive rebuttals whose merits we, predictably, dispute. Rather than succu...
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This essay offers a small description of recent contributions and status of Q methodology by means of a review of suggested best practices, a systematic review of practice, and a methodological audit. Both theoretical and empirical study suggest that Q methodology neither delivers its promised insight into human subjectivity nor accounts adequately...
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Development bureaucrats are the human instruments of the policies that mobilise funds, create organisations and underwrite interventions. For their home audiences development organisations need to present bureaucrats who are reliable instruments. In the field these same organisations need staff who can do what makes sense. This arrangement works un...
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Critics influenced by Foucault understand development professionals to be determined by the official knowledge produced within their discourse to actions that harm their putative beneficiaries. This discourages these authors from looking more closely at development professionals and limits their value as allies for the social movements they champio...
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Over the past 20 years post‐structuralist scholars have produced critiques of the field of development. In some circles it is now quite broadly accepted that this approach is futile and that we ought to move into a ‘post‐discourse’ era. By way of counterpoint, this paper argues that such exchanges are based on misrecognitions whose acceptance forec...

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The initial aim was to consolidate empirically validated knowledge on indicators of vulnerability in order to inform programmatic designs. However, best available evidence did not permit this due to great heterogeneity in literature. Consequently, we analyzed this heterogeneity in the interest of mapping out ways forward in the field.