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Workshop // Transforming Innovation – Addressing Nexus Challenges with Radical Change

Part of a series organised by the Nexus Network, this workshop will focus on ‘transforming innovation’ to address ‘nexus challenges’. Since these challenges are by nature so diverse yet interlinked, the imperative is to make connections of many intractable kinds. Crucial tasks include: overcoming disciplinary boundaries; bridging sectoral silos; spanning local and global sustainability; reconciling needs for feasibility with those for transformation; integrating the social and material aspects of key problems and solutions; and recognising how prospective actions can shape knowledges (not just the other way around). Transforming innovation involves making all these links.

With no shortage of many practical inspiring examples thriving in niches around the world, transforming innovation for addressing nexus challenges therefore involve radically novel incentives and organisational structures in the public sector; new business models and forms of ownership; cooperative as well as competitive partnerships; disruptive technologies, markets and services; changing practices at home and in the workplace; transformed cultural patterns – and new (more equal) kinds of social and political relations in order to let these flourish.

Based around a series of short contributions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, followed by in depth discussion and interaction, this workshop will explore a number of interlinked questions including:

  • What in practice does it mean to transform not only existing systems of provision, but patterns of innovation themselves?
  • What is the role in this regard of different kinds of democratic struggle?
  • What are the implications for current institutionalised notions of expertise, currently privileged disciplinary methods and vertical structures for the organisation of research?

Where and when

County Hall
Westminster Bridge
London
UK

17 March 2017
1030-1700

Registration

Eventbrite website

Outline agenda

10 – 10.30
Arrival & coffee

10.30 – 10.45
Welcome and introduction

  • Andy Stirling, University of Sussex/ STEPS Centre

10.45 – 11.45
Session 1:Transformative innovation for ‘nexus challenges’?

  • Sujatha Raman (University of Nottingham)
  • Frances Harris (University of Hertfordshire)
  • Joe Williams (Durham University)

11.45 – 12.15
Coffee break

12.15– 13.15
Session 2: What does it mean to transform innovation?

  • Adrian Smith (University of Sussex)
  • Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University)
  • Clare Brass (Royal College of Art)

13.25 - 14.15
Lunch

14.15– 15.25
Session 3: Transforming innovation as political struggle?

  • Andrew Simms (New Weather Institute)
  • Tim Forsyth (LSE)
  • Ian Scoones (IDS/ STEPS Centre)
  • Ruth Stevenson (Centre for Alternative Technology)

15.25 – 15.45
Coffee break

15.45 – 16.55
Session 4: Practical Implications for institutions, governance and democracies?

  • Kate Brown (Exeter University)
  • Dipak Gyawali (Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology)
  • Miles Parker (University of Cambridge)
  • Jack Stilgoe (UCL)
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