Nov 21

2014 Southeast Asia Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Development

ca8973d2-febd-43f3-8cb9-3baa6b2b2606“The 2014 Southeast Asia Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Development: Making Innovation for All, By All Happen in the ASEAN was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 5 – 6, 2014. The UNIID-SEA — the pioneering network of innovation for inclusive development (IID) scholars, instructors, researchers, development professionals, and local community partners in Southeast Asia — was publicly launched in this international conference.

The network and the conference are the fruits of a two-phase regional initiative supported by IDRC since 2008 which promoted and piloted interdisciplinary research and learning programs on base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) technologies and inclusive innovation. Currently at the forefront of this network are the Ateneo School of Government and the National Research Council of the Philippines, together with partner units and programs in the Ateneo de Manila University, Chulalongkorn University, University of Malaya, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Hoa Sen University, National Research Council of Thailand, Dewan Riset Nasional of Indonesia, and National Council for S&T Policy of Vietnam”.  * By Mary Grace Santos, UNIID-SEA.

The presentations of this conference are available at

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Nov 21

Knowledge from the Margins Conference: Social Justice and Sustainability

science“The Knowledge from the Margins (KFM) conference on Aug 18-19, 2015, will be a meeting of interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals, activists, and community members focused on the following three aims: (1) to showcase new scholarship in science and technology studies on social justice and/or sustainability; (2) to showcase community-oriented and/or activist work that provides social commentary on science, technology and society; and (3) to train scholars on how to create policy-relevant work. We will end the conference with a reflexive exercise so that participants have concrete and actionable ideas to take away with them.This proposed conference is part of this re-turn to knowledge from the margins. It seeks to add to this newer scholarship on social justice and sustainability a more comprehensive understanding of knowledge from the margins to further encourage the production of alternative and appropriate technoscience choices.

We encourage submission from interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals, activists, and community members that speak to the broader conference theme of marginalization, science, technology, social justice and sustainability and the power dynamics of the production and consumption of technoscience. Please contact the Conference Chair Logan Williams (Lyman Briggs College & Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, with any questions”

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Call for Paper: Deadline Extended 2015 January 26 


Nov 05

Conference on Innovation and Inclusive Growth

KIID-landscape-mini“The OECD jointly with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will host a Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth, scheduled for 10-11 February 2015 in New Delhi, India. The conference is organised as part of a series of events to be organised on subsequent days by the World Bank and UNU-MERIT on 11-12 February 2015. The conference is designed as a forum fostering high-level discussion and policy exchange among the stakeholders concerned with the question of how innovation can best serve inclusive development.

The conference will be structured around five central themes, each being the focus of a session featuring a high-level panel: (i) Innovation and Inclusive Growth: Challenges for the World Economy; (ii) Businesses and their Role in Supporting Frugal Innovation; (iii) Universities and Public Research Institutions and their Contributions to Inclusive Innovation; (iv) Up-scaling Grassroots and Inclusive Innovations and (v) Development Aid in Support of Inclusive Innovations.

If you are taking part in a project that you feel is relevant to the working questions, would like to suggest a topic for discussion or to propose a speaker for one of the panels, please contact us with your suggestion at”

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Nov 04

Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation and Development

“UNU-MERIT (United Nations University – Maastricht Economic akhrlsgraphic_3-940x360nd social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology) is pleased to announce that the 8th Conference on Innovation and Development (MEIDE) will be held on February 10-12, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world to discuss the importance of innovation for economic growth and development.

This year a particular emphasis will be placed on inclusive development and the role of innovation in achieving it. Priority will be given to empirical studies that are devoted to developing countries and that are based on micro data, such as innovation surveys, R&D surveys, firm and household surveys, patents, publications, or research grants. There is also room for methodological and theoretical papers as well as for case studies.”

Submission deadline: December 3, 2014


Jun 07

Innovation and Inequality: Emerging Technologies in an Unequal World

Innovation and inequality“Inequality is one of the main features of globalization. Do emerging technologies, as they spread around the world, contribute to more inequality or less? This unique interdisciplinary text examines the relationships between emerging technologies and social, economic and other forms of inequality.

Susan Cozzens, Dhanaraj Thakur, and the other co-authors ask how the benefits and costs of emerging technologies are distributed amongst different countries – some rich and some poor. Examining the case studies of five technologies across eight countries in Africa, Europe and the Americas, the book finds that the distributional dynamics around a given technology are influenced by the way entrepreneurs and others package the technology, how governments promote it and the existing local skills and capacity to use it. These factors create social and economic boundaries where the technology stops diffusing between and within countries.

The book presents a series of recommendations for policy-makers and private sector actors to move emerging technologies beyond these boundaries and improve their distributional outcomes. Offering a broad range of mature and relatively new emerging technologies from a diverse set of countries, the study will strongly appeal to policy-makers in science, technology and innovation policy. It will also benefit students and academics interested in innovation, science, technology and innovation policy, the economics of innovation, as well as the history and sociology of technology”.

For more information about this book click here.

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