(Re)defining Experimentation in the Global South

Past Event
18 January 2022 15:45 (GMT)
18 January 2022 17:15 (GMT)

Experimentation as a policy making tool is moving into the mainstream as local actor networks around alternative socio-technical systems (cycling, organic agriculture, fair trade coffee, waste recycling) are flowering. Underlying some of these experiments are longer-term visions based on anticipatory thinking, although the nature of experimentation often means the practices need to be rooted on the solution to day-to-day problems. This proposed session aims to the discussion of the challenges and the opportunities of experimentation as a methodology for transitions in the global south.

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Experimentation for transformative change


Matias Ramirez
Science Policy Research Unit
Matias Ramirez is Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School where TIPC was founded. He is Principal Investigator for TIPC at SPRU, Co-Director as part of the Consortium's Management Group, and coordinates the work of TIPC in Latin America. This includes the partnership with Minciencias and the writing of the Green Book policy document in Colombia in 2018, and the work on mapping the sustainable development goals of the national research system of Mexico funded by CONACYT. In 2020 he helped to create Latin America Hub, involving organisations from a number of countries including Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Much of his current research activity is related to transformative innovation policy in Latin America, including studies of social movements, development of SDG indicators for transformative change and spatial dimensions of transitions.
Claudia Obando Rodriguez
Science Policy Research Unit
Claudia E. Obando Rodriguez is an economist, MSc in Technology and Innovation Management and currently a doctoral researcher at SPRU. Previously, she headed the National Digital Entrepreneurship Programme Apps.co at Colombian ICT Ministry. As a senior advisor in Colciencias, now the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia - Minciencias, she led the Technology-Based Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation Programmes. In 2016, she was awarded the Chancellor's International Research Scholarship CIRS from the University of Sussex, which brought her back to the UK as a PhD student. Her research looks at the role of social actors in processes of regional diversification and industrial change in developing countries. She has been involved in the work of TIPC in Colombia since 2016, supporting training, mentoring and research and currently manages communications for the Latin American Hub. Her main interest is to understand sectorial dynamics enabling industrial transformation and processes of regional diversification driven by the delivery of sustainable development goals.
Paloma Bernal Hernández
Science Policy Research Unit
Paloma Bernal Hernández has worked as a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School, where she finished her PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies. Her research interests have been related to agricultural innovation systems, knowledge networks and inclusive innovation towards the improvement of science, technology and innovation policy in developing countries. Within TIPC, she has worked on research related to the implementation of a transformative innovation policy in Colombia, as a post-doctoral researcher for the Latin American Hub and Caribbean HUB for Transformative Innovation Policy, and on learning tools, policy engagement and knowledge transfer for the Transformative Innovation Policy Resource Lab.