Overview of the STRINGS Project Workshop 2022

‘Perspectives and Policies to steer Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals’

In times of unprecedented uncertainty, there is an increasing need for open dialogue on how to direct research and innovation investments towards sustainable and inclusive solutions. The STRINGS project has been tackling this complex challenge, investigating how to better understand the ways in which science, technology and innovation (STI) impacts upon efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On Monday 28 February and Tuesday 1 March 2022, STRINGS hosted an online workshop – including presentations by the STRINGS research team on their project findings and guest speaker talks – to facilitate constructive discussions around the challenge of steering STI to address the SDGs.

Below, we provide an overview and recording of each session. We advise you to watch the recordings on desktop to view the presenters’ slides, which are unavailable on mobile view.

Session 1: Can current science, technology and innovation (STI) pathways lead to sustainable development?

Raquel Duran's live illustration of session 1

Chair: Andrew Stirling (Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex)

Opening remarks by speakers from the United Nations Development Programme (Pedro Conceição, Director of the

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Andy Stirling presents at the SDG Conference Bergen 2022

On 11 February at the fifth SDG Conference Bergen 2022, Professor Andy Stirling gave a presentation on ‘Ways of Knowing Sustainability: diversity, plurality & politics of liberatory action.’ Andy’s lecture opened Session 4 which considered how higher education and research should meet sustainability challenges. Watch Andy’s full talk below, beginning at 02:38.

Andy’s talk focused on the challenge of “acknowledging different ways of knowing, not just how to implement sustainability, but what sustainability means in itself.” In particular, Andy emphasised that “sustainability is an inherently political notion”, exampling how different discourses and knowledges of sustainability are influenced by factors like power.

For example, he reinforced the need for diverse, plural perspectives on sustainability in order to better understand and tackle the reality of its multifaceted challenges – “towards recognising that difference is a way of knowing.” This differs to dominant, politicized narratives that suggest ‘the‘ singular pathways towards sustainability – an issue also addressed in the forthcoming STRINGS report.

Key findings from the new UNESCO report on universities and the 2030 Agenda were also referred to. The 2022 report discusses the role of higher education institutions in contributing to the sustainability 2030 Agenda, and Andy

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CRISP-STRINGS Workshop: Supporting rice farmers in Odisha to adapt to climate change

Supporting rice farmers in Odisha to adapt to climate change: alternative STI pathways and their alignment to SDGs

This STRINGS workshop, led by project partner CRISP, will bring together key stakeholders to discuss ways to steer Science, Technology and Innovation for better alignment with the SDGs. It will use evidence from the case study undertaken in Odisha, India, on alternative pathways to support rice farmers to adapt to changing climate. The implications of the misalignment of pathways to varied SDGs/Targets will be discussed, as well as ways of steering towards achieving better alignment.

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Consensus and dissensus in ‘mappings’ of science for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ismael Rafols, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex

The shift in R&D goals towards the SDGs is driving demand for new S&T indicators…

The shift in S&T policy from a focus on research quality (or ‘excellence’) towards societal impact has led to a demand for new S&T indicators that capture the contributions of research to society, in particular those aligned with SDGs. The use of the new ‘impact’ indicators would help monitoring if (and which) research organisations are aligning their research towards certain SDGs.

Responding to these demands, data providers, consultancies and university analysts are rapidly developing methods to map projects or publications related to specific SDGs. These ‘mappings’ do not analyse the actual impact of research, but hope to capture instead if research is directed towards problems or technologies that can potentially contribute to improving sustainability and wellbeing.

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