First Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST

Past Event
18 February 2021 09:00 (GMT)
19 February 2021 12:00 (GMT)

Department of Science and Technology-Centre(s) for Policy Research, India

Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK



18 Feb 8.45-12.00 GMT

19 Feb 8.45-12.00 GMT

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, India

As the world continues to tackle the pandemic and persistent sustainability challenges, Science Technology and Innovation (STI) is increasingly recognised as a key driver for much-needed change in society and economy. In the mid-2020, The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India initiated a process of formulating India’s National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP). After several months of public and expert consultation, the 5th National STI policy – with its core principles being decentralized, evidence-informed, bottom-up, experts-driven and inclusive – is now drafted and open for further feedback. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has built a STI Policy cadre consisting of DST-STI-Policy fellows that are part of STIP Secretariat at DST. These fellows are simultaneously pursuing their research projects in STI Policy research domain.

Transformative Innovation Policy

SPRU has engaged with STI policy research for several decades. In the most recent years, a transdisciplinary project named Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium was launched. In this project, we advanced the notion of “Transformative innovation Policy” (TIP) as a new frame of innovation policy aimed at addressing the persistent sustainability challenges that the world is facing today. At the core of TIP theory, is the idea of transformations in socio-technical systems in an experimental and inclusive manner. The knowledge and competence of SPRU on societal transformations and innovation is however broader than the research project of TIPC and includes many interdisciplinary scholars whose work is dedicated to this critical area of research.

The expected learning objectives from this workshop are as follows:


  • Critically engage with the contents of a new national STI policy for India
  • Learn about the process of making of an STI policy at a national level
  • Understand the STI ecosystem of India for the past 70 years and the contextual nature of transformations from Indian colleagues

For colleagues in India:

  • Critically engage with the theoretical foundations of transformative innovation policy from a Global South perspective
  • Learn about policy experimentation work at the Consortium
  • Debate theories and examples of transformative change with SPRU colleagues

Confirmed sessions of the workshop (detailed programme to follow soon):

  1. Highlights of India’s STI policy and the participatory process of formulating it
  2. Highlights of the Transformative Innovation Policy consortium work in South Africa, Sweden and Colombia in 2020
  3. A brief history of Science Technology and Innovation policy of the world in the 21st century
  4. Health system transition in India through the lens of STI policy
  5. SPRU’s engagement in STI policy in the Global South in the past 50 years
  6. Short presentations of 10 scholars in SPRU, TIPC and CPR on their STI policy research
  7. Debates and moderated discussion in small groups on 10 themes of STI policy

A longer-term objective of this workshop is to create a STI Policy knowledge network for Global South and pursue collaborative research projects in the future.


Detailed Programme (tentative)

Click here for Registration

Deadline: 14th February, 2021 

Thanks and looking forward to your participation.

Organising team:

Bipashyee Ghosh (SPRU) B.Ghosh@sussex.ac.uk

Suryesh Namdeo (IISc) suryeshn@iisc.ac.in

Sumit Kumar (SPRU) sk723@sussex.ac.uk

Radhika Trikha (CPR) radhikat@iisc.ac.in

Pip Bolton (SPRU) P.J.Bolton@sussex.ac.uk

Christina Miariti (SPRU) C.Miariti@sussex.ac.uk

Saumya Pathak (CPR) saumyapathak18@gmail.com

Pragya Chaube (CPR) pragyachaube@gmail.com