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Cátedra Trilateral de Investigación DST / NRF / Newton Fund en Innovación Transformativa y Desarrollo Sostenible

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19 enero 2022 15:00 (GMT)
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19 enero 2022 16:30 (GMT)

The DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development is a partnership between three organisations: the host, the University of Johannesburg; the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) , which is a research think-tank in Nairobi; and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), an internationally recognised leading centre research on science, technology and innovation policy, based at the University of Sussex in the UK. Our research programme has the ambition to develop and test a new theoretical framework to understand transformation, in the context of 4IR and from an African perspective. The three partners share a common interest in unpacking the social and technological relationships that explain the rate, direction and patterns of (radical) innovation adoption, diffusion and use. This is a process involving not only technologies but also changes in consumer practices and needs, the skills and capabilities of all actors involved, infrastructures, governance, regulation, industry structure and cultural meaning of the system.

In addition to exploring innovation in 4IR in African countries, by using a transformation lens, our programme also looks at the governance and policy issues of how to exploit the transformative potential of these technologies to address the SDGs. Here the programme collaborates with the existing Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) currently coordinated by the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the University of Sussex, UK. The main aim is to ensure that 4IR potential is harnessed for Sub-Saharan Africa and in particular South Africa and Kenya.

Participants in the session were:

  1. Professor Erika Kraemer-Mbula from the DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4IR and, Sustainable Development, at the University of Johannesburg
  2. Dr Rob Byrne from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex
  3. Dr Ann Kingiri from the African Centre for Technology Studies.
  4. Ms Amanda-Leigh O’Connell PhD Student from the University of Johannesburg
  5. Ms Wondia Yeo PhD student from the University of Johannesburg
  6. Ms Ann Numi PhD student from the African Centre for Technology Studies
  7. Dr Glenda Kruss from the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators at the Human Sciences Research Council.
  8. Professor Rebecca Hanlin from the DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4IR and, Sustainable Development, at the University of Johannesburg
  9. Nabila Noor Mohammed Project Coordinator from the DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4IR and, Sustainable

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Infraestructuras de conocimiento para la transformación
Creación de capacidad

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Erika Kraemer-Mbula
Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula leads the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. She is currently a Professor of Economics at the College of Business and Economics at the University of Johannesburg. Erika holds an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, and a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. She specialises in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy analysis and innovation systems in connection to equitable and sustainable development. She has held a number of research positions in the UK, at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) and the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU). In South Africa, she has been a researcher at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at Tshwane University of Technology, and is associated to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). In addition, she is in the Presidential team of Globelics, member of the scientific board of Africalics and member of the Steering Committee of the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) Partnership, among other networks. She is also a member of the editorial board of several international journals.
Rob Byrne
Profesor titular
Unidad de Investigación de Políticas Científicas
Rob Byrne es profesor titular de la Unidad de Investigación de Políticas Científicas (SPRU) de la Universidad de Sussex. Tiene una formación universitaria en ingeniería de energías renovables y tecnología apropiada, y trabajó en este campo durante un año en Botswana y tres años en Tanzania. Desde que obtuvo sus títulos de posgrado en estudios de políticas de ciencia y tecnología, su investigación y docencia se han centrado en el acceso a la energía sostenible y las políticas de ciencia, tecnología e innovación en el África subsahariana, especialmente en Kenia y Tanzania. Se basa en una variedad de enfoques académicos que incluyen, entre otros, la teoría de las transiciones, los sistemas de innovación, la economía política y los estudios de ciencia y tecnología, y desempeña funciones en el Centro STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability), Sussex Energy Group, Climate Estrategias y la Red de Energía Baja en Carbono para el Desarrollo. También contribuye al Grupo de Trabajo del Consorcio de Políticas de Innovación Transformativa (TIPC) y es el líder de Sussex en un programa de investigación de cinco años relacionado con TIPC sobre innovación transformadora, la cuarta revolución industrial y desarrollo sostenible, trabajando con socios en Kenia y Sudáfrica. . TIPC proporciona un espacio en el que Rob puede reunir los diversos elementos de su experiencia y trabajo actual para ayudar a encontrar formas para que las sociedades se vuelvan sostenibles en la práctica, así como retroalimentar la producción de conocimiento académico más tradicional.
Ann Njoki Kingiri
Ann Kingiri is a senior Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). She is a Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policy and development researcher with a focus on inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. She heads the Science, Technology, Innovation (STI), Knowledge and Society (STIKS) programme as a director. She has experience in capacity building, research and policy analysis focusing on innovation studies and development, agriculture, renewable technologies, biotechnology, digital innovation, gender and climate change. Ann’s research and policy analysis approach involves innovation systems thinking and transformative thinking. She holds a PhD degree from UK in Development Policy and Practice discipline focusing on new biosciences policy. She is the Secretary General of The African Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics). This is a network of scholars working on how innovation and competence-building may be harnessed for development in Africa. Ann is also serving as a non-executive director of Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC).