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Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies
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The solution to the twin challenges of global poverty and climate change could be found through science, technology and sustainable innovation. We must guide technological development and innovation to create a greener, cleaner and creative economy. Poverty can be tackled only if we invest in education, science and technology and innovation systems in developing societies. We have at our disposal right now the scientific knowledge, research skills and innovation capability to counter these challenges. What we lack is the will and the foresight to implement a new governance mechanism for scientific knowledge production; markets that are accountable to the management and diffusion of technology; and a fair and equitable distribution of innovation on a global scale. The international governance of science and technology – the parameters within which the international community integrates scientific information into decision making, facilitates innovation and ensures access to technology by those who need it most – are critical for addressing these and other critical sustainability challenges. Within the broad rubric of working toward "sustainable societies", our areas of research are dynamic and are presently organized into the following thematic, and topical and regional focus areas.

Thematic Focus Areas:

  • Science, technology and innovation for sustainable and equitable societies; and in relation to “Green Economy” and “Green Growth”
  • Political economy of science, technology, innovation and sustainability
  • Design and governance of innovations systems for sustainable societies
  • Transition to sustainable and equitable energy systems 
  • Science and technology policy 
  • Global circulation of knowledge 
  • Intellectual property issues in science, technology and innovation
  • Equity issues in the globalization of science and research 
  • Information society
  • Role of science advice in the United Nations System

Topical and Regional Focus Areas:

  • Sustainability Transitions in Emerging Economies
  • Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Open and User-led Innovation for Development
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
  • Capability Approach and Sustainable Development
  • Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Protection of Biodiversity using ICTs and Earth Observation Satellites
  • Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Alternative Energy Scenarios, Experience Curves, Technology and Policy
  • Open Source Software for Sustainable Development
  • Cities and Climate Change
  • Clean Transport

Programme Members:

        Govindan Parayil
        Manu Mathai
        Christopher Doll
        Ademola Adenle
        Joni Jupesta
        Tonni Kurniawan
        Remi Chandran       
For more information, contact: Govindan Parayil, unuias[at]

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