This session aims to problematise knowledge and technology production alternatives towards inclusive and sustainable development, building solutions for community development and to the extended deficit of access to basic goods, through empirical analysis, theoretical reflection, and policy debate.
In recent years a consensus has grown between scholars, civil society actors, and policy-makers about the role that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) may play in the construction of solutions to social exclusion problems, providing alternative pathways for inclusive and sustainable development. This interest has spread both in the global north and the global south, being promoted by international institutions like OECD, IDB, World Bank, IDRC, and some national governments in Latin America and Asia, who have implemented inclusive innovation programmes and supporting pre-existing initiatives.
However, despite this general agreement, what is innovation for inclusive and sustainable development is still as a contested ground between different definitions, approaches, visions, knowledge framings, and institutional and technological strategies, operating through heterogeneous networks of social movements, R&D units, international aid agencies, NGOs, governments, unions, and firms. The STS field constitutes a fruitful space to problematize knowledge and technology production alternatives and to contribute with empirical analysis, theoretical reflection, and policy debate.
Interested in addressing institutional and policy analysis, processes and organization, as well studies on artefactual design and production, this track welcomes papers on the following issues:
•Inclusive and sustainable development, concepts and visions: Innovation vs. technological change. Inclusive innovation as outcome and as process. Palliative initiatives vs. systemic approaches.
•Knowledge production and the politics of knowledge: grassroots and informal knowledge, material and cognitive practices. R&D agendas, knowledge dialog and negotiation.
•STI policies: promotion and evaluation processes, explicit and implicit agendas. Institutional strategies. Decision making processes and multi-actor participation.