Calestous Juma

Source: Citizen TV

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Calestous Juma." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. October.


Calestous Juma (1953 - 2017) was a professor of the practice of international development at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology and Globalization Project. Originally from Kenya, he was an internationally recognised authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Juma was the Founding Director of the Africa Center for Technology Studies (ACTS). His published books include: Innovation and its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (2016) and The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (2011).

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

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