Using autobiographical experience with reference to wood-fuel research in two locations in West Africa, this article illustrates how knowledge processes influence what can be produced as knowledge; how such knowledge is actually produced; and what is eventually produced as knowledge. However, although it explores the various roles that knowledge plays in the social relations at particular historical moments in the personal and professional development of a single individual, the questions that this subjective experience raises are of wider import: whose knowledge matters? How do certain knowledge’s get suppressed or denied, while others are privileged? In turn, this raises additional questions concerning the ways in which research and practice are mediated through local research, policy, and development prisms. In a general sense, the article is about the way in which wood-fuel philosophies, methodologies, and practices are constructed, modified, and maintained in existence as knowledge; and a reminder that such knowledge processes cannot truly be understood in isolation, but need to be situated within complex, diversified contexts of individual agendas, and group strategies, as well as in multiple sites of production.
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