Sustainability transitions in post-Soviet countries – Exploring the potentials for Transformative Innovation Policy

Past Event
20 January 2022 16:45 (GMT)
20 January 2022 17:30 (GMT)

The USSR occupied nearly one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface, including the eastern half of Europe and nearly a third of Asia. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, successor states continue to experience the political, economic and security effects of 70 years of Soviet rule even though some of the states are the member of European Union already. The environmental degradation occurring on such an extensive territory influences the processes of climate change of the planet. Therefore, it is essential to know if post-soviet states recognise an existing challenge, realise its significance, have the will and capacity to address it. However, Russia and post-Soviet countries are a “blind spot” on the map of sustainability studies, especially in understanding the configuration of stakeholders, their capacities, interests, and power dynamics in the processes of transitions to sustainability. To address this gap, the proposed panel aims to initiate the building of knowledge infrastructure to enable a context-specific and problem-oriented learning space for understanding sustainability transitions scenarios of post-Soviet countries.

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Experimentation for transformative change


Olga Ustyuzhantseva
Olga Ustyuzhantseva is Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies (Tomsk State University, Russia). She graduated International Relations Department at TSU; has over ten years of experience working in an international IT company. In 2014, she earned her PhD in history by studying innovation policy of India; member of Russian-Indian Council on Science and Technological Cooperation (2014-2017); coordinator of Russian-Indian Association of Higher Education Institution (2015-2017); ideator of Sociohumanitarian Accelerator on emerging technologies. For a few years, she studied the innovative informal practices of grassroots people in India and Russia’s contexts. Her current research interests are sustainability transitions of post-Soviet countries, inclusive innovation policy, participatory approaches to innovation development.
Imogen Wade
Science Policy Research Unit
Imogen has worked on the core TIPC programme as a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School, UK. Her PhD from University College London was on innovation systems and the role of the state in Russia. Her work at TIPC has focused on the development of an overarching data and knowledge management strategy, exploring second-order learning in TIP, and on methodologies for comparative analysis of the learning and capacity building across members of the Consortium via the Resource Lab.
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