Laurens Klerkx

Contact details:

Name: Dr Ir Laurens Klerkx
Institute: Wageningen University and Research Centre
Department: Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group
Address: Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, building no. 201, Bode No.: 79, Room: 4012
Landline phone: +31 (0)317 484 694

About Laurens:

Laurens Klerkx is assistant professor at the Communication and Innovation Studies Group. He holds a MSc in Tropical Agriculture, and a PhD in Communication and Innovation Studies. His research takes place in the realm of agriculture and the life sciences and focuses on: demand articulation and multi-stakeholder negotiations for demand-driven research and innovation; development of agricultural advisory systems; systemic intermediaries for facilitating linkage building and interaction in innovation systems (innovation brokers); the structural dynamics of innovation networks over time and corresponding role divisions in innovation networks.

Major research areas/ expertise:

  • Development of knowledge infrastructures in agriculture and health (research, extension and education) under influence of decentralization and privatization reforms
  • The role of intermediary organizations in innovation processes and innovation systems (innovation brokers)
  • End-user involvement in research planning and -execution
  • Dynamic development of innovation networks, and innovation network orchestration
  • Interaction of different kinds of innovation champions

Nationality: Dutch

In the PARASITE project:

Role in the project: Postdoc supervisor
Subproject: 4 – Crop protection systems
Project location: The Netherlands, Tanzania and Benin
Start of the project: 1 January 2012
Expected finish: 31 December 2014


  • Klerkx, L., Proctor, A. ( 2013). Beyond fragmentation and disconnect: networks for knowledge exchange in the English land management advisory system. Land Use Policy 13 (1), 13-24. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., Villalobos, P., Engler, M. (2012, in press, early view available online). Variation in implementation of corporate social responsibility practices in emerging economies’ firms: A survey of Chilean fruit exporters. Natural Resources Forum. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., Gildemacher, P. (2012). The role of innovation brokers in agricultural innovation systems. In: World Bank (2012), Agricultural Innovation Systems: An Investment Sourcebook, pp. 211-230. World Bank, Washington DC. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., Hall, A., Leeuwis, C. (2011). Fortalecimiento de la capacidad de innovación agrícola: los gestores sistémicos de innovación son la respuesta? Red Innovagro Paper. » view publication (in Spanish).
  • Klerkx, L.., Prasad Pant, L., Leeuwis, C., Cummings, S., Le Borgne, E., Kulis, I., Lamoureux, L., Senmartin, D, (2011). Beyond the conventional boundaries of knowledge management: navigating the emergent pathways for learning and innovation in international development. Knowledge Management for Development Journal 7 (1), 1 – 7 » view publication.
  • Kilelu, C.W., Klerkx, L., Leeuwis, C., Hall, A. (2011). Beyond knowledge brokerage: an exploratory study on innovation intermediaries in an evolving smallholder agricultural system in Kenya. Knowledge Management for Development Journal 7 (1), 84 – 108. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., Aarts, N., Leeuwis, C. (2010). Adaptive management in agricultural innovation systems: the interaction between innovation networks and their environment. Agricultural Systems, Vol 103 (6), 390-400 » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L. & Jansen, J. (2010). Building knowledge systems for sustainable agriculture: supporting private advisors to adequately address sustainable farm management in regular service contacts. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Vol 8(3), 148-163.
  • Batterink, M.H., Wubben, E.F.M., Klerkx, L., and Omta, S.F.W. (2010). Orchestrating innovation networks: the case of innovation brokers in the agri-food sector. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol 22 (1), 47-76. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L. Hall, A., Leeuwis, C. (2009). Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Capacity: Are innovation brokers the answer? International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance, and Ecology, Vol 8(5/6), 409-438. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2009). Operationalizing demand-driven agricultural research: institutional influences in a public and private system of research planning in The Netherlands. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Vol 15 (2), 161-175. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2009). The emergence and embedding of innovation brokers at different innovation system levels: insights from the Dutch agricultural sector. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol 76 (6), 849-860. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2009). Shaping collective functions in privatized agricultural knowledge and information systems: the positioning and embedding of a network broker in the Dutch dairy sector. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Vol 15(1), 23-47.» view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2008). Balancing multiple interests: Embedding innovation intermediation in the agricultural knowledge infrastructure. Technovation, Vol 28(6), 364-378.» view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2008). Delegation of authority in research funding to networks: experiences with a multiple goal boundary organization. Science and Public Policy, 35(3), 183-196. » view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2008). Institutionalizing end-user demand steering in agricultural R&D: Farmer levy funding of R&D in The Netherlands. Research Policy, 37(3), 460-472.» view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., & Leeuwis, C. (2008). Matching demand and supply in the agricultural knowledge infrastructure: Experiences with innovation intermediaries. Food Policy, 33(3), 260-276.» view publication.
  • Klerkx, L., De Grip, K., & Leeuwis, C. (2006). Hands off but Strings Attached: The Contradictions of Policy-induced Demand-driven Agricultural Extension. Agriculture and Human Values, 23(2), 189-204.» view publication.

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