Building networks for sustainable change: joining efforts of academia, policy and practice

Julia Schöneberg (University of Kassel and EADI)
Susanne von Itter (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI))
G21 (Richmond building)
Start time:
6 September, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Context: Putting the SDGs into practice. We will discuss: Potentials of networks between academia, policy and practice, Requirements to promote better understanding and closer collaboration between decision-makers and scholars, Ways to influence policy with research, Spaces for scholarly activism.

Long abstract:

We are facing complex and intertwined challenges: increasing global inequalities, (planetary) boundaries of growth and globalisation, multiple threats to peaceful societies, social justice and sustainable change. The Agenda 2030 stands as seminal and universally applicable goal setting for sustainable international cooperation in the next 15 years. Putting this agenda into practice is an enormous challenge for local, national and global policy makers and politicians alike and needs to be informed by well-grounded empirical data and theoretical insights. This calls development scholarship into responsibility. The time is ripe to fundamentally rethink and reconfigure power relations, structures and conditions that perpetuate inequalities and boundaries, prevent and produce flows and implement divides of global North and global South. Building and reinforcing networks between academia and practice is an important requisite for the success of transformation processes. This panel aims to contribute to this discussion by inviting contributions that deal with: • Potentials and limitations of and for networks; both within and between academia, policy and practice • Requirements to promote better understanding and closer collaboration between decision-makers and scholars • Ways to influence policy with research results • Spaces for scholarly activism and related issues. We aim to bring together academics, civil society and policy makers to explore spaces and arenas for joint struggles. We will opt for a world café format.