Marc Schut, a social scientist from the Netherlands, is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Marc obtained his PhD in Communication and Innovation Studies at Wageningen University, the Netherlands (2012). His PhD focused on better understanding drivers that influence the role of research on policy and innovation processes. Prior to his appointment with IITA, Marc worked as Postdoctoral Researcher in the PARASITE Programme with Wageningen University and Africa Rice Center. In his postdoctoral research, he developed and tested a diagnostic tool for Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Innovation Systems (RAAIS), which was applied to analyze the institutional dimensions of parasitic weed problems in rainfed rice production systems in Tanzania and Benin. He also coordinated a project supporting the operationalization and implementation of a policy framework for sustainable biofuels in Mozambique (July 2011 to June 2012). Marc holds an MSc degree in Rural Development and Innovation from Wageningen University, and a BSc in Agricultural Education from Stoas Professional University, the Netherlands.
Marc is mainly involved in coordinating the social science activities under SRT3 within the CGIAR Research Program for the Humid Tropics. The two main research for development themes are related to (1) backstopping the multi-stakeholder R4D and innovation platforms, and monitoring the performance of these platforms in terms of delivering development outcomes, and (2) exploring pathways for responsible scaling of technological and institutional innovations across the Humidtropics sites and areas. He will be closely collaborating with Wageningen University as well as with other Humidtropics partners in executing his activities.