The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) is participating in an international project to develop an integrated framework for trans-disciplinary research on synergies and trade-offs between science, research and innovation (SRI) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). John Ouma-Mugabe, professor science and innovation policy at GSTM, is a member of the project team and will coordinate research on connections between SRI and the SDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa. GSTM will study how SRI influences natural resource management, peace, conflicts and security aspects of the SDGs in African contexts.
Other institutions involved in the project are the Science Policy Research Unit (SRU) at the University of Sussex, University College London (UCL), the Center for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) from India, Cenit from Argentina, and the Institute for the Study of Innovation from Spain.
The project is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for two years. It will produce reports and advice for governments of developing countries and UNDP on best ways and means to harness and govern scientific research and new technologies to achieve the SDGs. GSTM will leverage additional resources to expand its research on SRI-SDGs connections in Africa and plans to establish a Sustainability Science and Innovation (SSI) group on trans-disciplinary research and innovation for SDGs.