Position: Senior Lecturer
Working at: School of International Development, UEA
Work Address: School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
Personal Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/international-development/People/Academic/mcguire
Research Activities: I focus on the interface between local genetic resource managers and formal research institutions, particularly around crop breeding and seed supply. Key areas here include studying farmer knowledge and practice in plant genetic resource management, the social norms and local institutions that shape access, and how policy narratives and institutions affect reforms in R&D. This has been applied to development interventions such as participatory plant breeding (PPB) and humanitarian actions, e.g. emergency seed relief.
Recent work includes
- developing Seed System Security Assessments, along with Louise Sperling, to help aid and development practitioners better understand informal seed systems, and
- analysing networks of seed exchange across countries, using network analysis and ethnographic tools, and 3) exploring barriers to ‘capacity development’ in molecular plant breeding in Southern NARIs.
Fields of Expertise: Biotechnology, Education and Capacity Building, Ethnobiology, Farming systems, Plant Genetic Resources