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Steering science, technology and innovation towards the Sustainable Development Goals 
Tommaso Ciarli (United Nations University)
Joanna Chataway (UCL)
Andy Stirling (University of Sussex)
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Sustainable development
Edith Morley 301
Wednesday 28 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In this session we aim to take stock of improving understandings of what causes glaring mismatches between science, technology and innovation and sustainable development, and what concrete policy and wider kinds of actions may make STI more sustainable.

Long Abstract:

The SDGs offer a globally shared opportunity to change the directions of science, technology and innovation (STI) of the broadest kinds to contribute to a better and more sustainable future for everyone.

STI can help address many SDG challenges, for example, increasing access to safe nutritious food, secure shelter, sustainable energy, non-polluting mobility, decent jobs, sustained economic growth, and healthy livelihoods. However, in doing so, STI can also undermine progress towards some goals, for example, through indirect carbon emissions, water pollution or inequalities. Crucial opportunities exist for policymakers, funders and NGOs to steer STI activities towards solving, rather than exacerbating SDG challenges.

To help understand and better address the challenges of investing in STI for the SDGs, while embracing their complex relationships, we invite the submission of papers across different disciplines and using different methods, that investigate the multiple and interconnected ways in which STI contribute, or not, to the SDGs.

The convenors will present a summary of the work recently published in a report in collaboration with the UNDP and several researchers across the globe (, which uncovers glaring mismatches between STI and the SDGs, and some of the main problems behind such mismatch. This will include a summary of policy ideas and options. We aim for a vibrant session with scholars that have been working at the intersection of STI and sustainable development from different perspectives, bringing new evidence explaining the misalignments between STI and sustainability, and proposing concrete policy actions to make STI more sustainable.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -