Thursday, February 11, 2016

CfPs: 9th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development (MEIDE) | 16-17 June 2016 | Moscow, Russia

9th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development (MEIDE)

CALL FOR PAPERS

16-17 June 2016
Moscow, Russia

The 9th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development (MEIDE) will be held on 16-17 June 2016 in Moscow, Russia. The conference will gather researchers from around the world to discuss various aspects of innovation and its relation to economic development. We have slightly changed the title of the conference to stress the particular aspects of this year's edition, namely the topics of innovation and development and the model-based evidence approach. In other words, we have enlarged the scope of the conference to include papers based on macro or industry data (see the list below for possible topics).

Priority will be given to empirical papers, but there is also room for methodological and theoretical papers as well as for case studies, so long as they address the issue of innovation and development. Here innovation is to be understood broadly as any kind of innovation linked to what firms, households, communities and governments do, or how they operate. It also includes knowledge creation, diffusion, measurement and evaluation issues. Development comprises growth but also welfare, poverty alleviation, environmental concerns and fairness in the distribution of wealth / income.

Submission:

Researchers are invited to submit their paper by 12 March 2016. Extended abstracts and incomplete papers are accepted for submission, but preference will be given to full papers. Please submit by clicking on Paper submission. Notifications of acceptance will be given no later than 25 March 2016. All accepted participants will receive an official invitation letter to apply for a visa to enter Russia. The conference will take place in the Russian National Research University – Higher School of Economics located in the centre of Moscow. To minimise administrative burdens there will be no registration fees, but each participant will be responsible for his/her own travel and hotel costs, and for the conference dinner.

Selected papers from the conference will be invited for inclusion in a special issue of the bilingual (English-Russian) journal 'Foresight and STI Governance' (indexed in SCOPUS): http://foresight-journal.hse.ru/en/.

Local Organiser:

  • Russian National Research University – Higher School of Economics

Sponsors:

  • Russian National Research University – Higher School of Economics
  • UNU-MERIT
  • Inter-American Development Bank

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: 12 March 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 25 March 2016
  • Sending paper to organisers: 9 June 2016
  • 9th MEIDE conference: 16-17 June 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Why India's Urban Researchers Need to Move beyond Megacities | STEPS Centre's Blog

Why India's Urban Researchers Need to Move beyond Megacities

by Dr Aviram Sharma

In STEPS Centre's Blog | February 9, 2016 | http://steps-centre.org/2016/blog/why-indias-urban-researchers-need-to-move-beyond-megacities/

APO invites participation in two Self-Learning e-Courses: Waste Management in Agribusiness | Organic Agriculture and Organic Agribusiness

Asian Productivity Organization (APO) invites participation in two Self-Learning e-Courses:These e-Learning Courses:
  • Free of charge
  • APO e-certificate for successful participant.


CSRD JNU organizes "Research Methodology Course for PhD Students in Social Sciences"| 8-18 March

Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD)
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,

is organizing a

"Research Methodology Course for PhD Students in Social Sciences"

Funded by ICSSR, New Delhi 

Dates: 8-18 March 2016

Interested PhD Scholars may apply by _th February 2016.


For Application Form, Contact: ssen.jnu@gmail.com, elumalaik@mail.jnu.ac.in,
sureshrjnu@gmail.com, amitthorat@gmail.com


Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review: "Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values" by Dr M Govind, CSSP

Book Review
  • Govind, Madhav (2015). Book Review: Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Sociological Bulletin, 64 (3), 414-416. Download.

Other Publication
  • Jain, Sarandha (2015). Oil and the Everyday in Colonial and Independent India (1880–1975). NMML Occasional Paper, Perspectives in Indian Development, New Series #61. Download

Sunday, February 7, 2016

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Application: Consultant - Beyond Access: ICT-enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET

Call for Consultancy

 

"Beyond Access: ICT-enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET"

 

Terms of Reference

 

 

I. Background

 

UNESCO Bangkok seeks to conduct the research study entitled "Beyond Access: ICT-enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET" in an effort to facilitate a better understanding of the potential of ICT in promoting innovative pedagogies and highlight promising practices of ICT use in TVET. In particular, this study aims to:  1) take stock of and document innovative practices of harnessing the potential of ICT in TVET in the Asia-Pacific region (AP), 2) explore ways to improve the pedagogical relevance of TVET to meet the changing skill needs of a digital society, and 3) provide policy recommendations for the innovative use of ICT and ways to increase quality of teacher training in TVET.

 

The study shall be a useful reference in guiding the transformation of teaching and learning in TVET as well as in improving teacher training for TVET within the region. Furthermore, it is hoped that this initial research will lead to a more in-depth follow-up study to understand the current situations in teaching and learning in TVET and identify gaps between the investigated cases and the realities across the region.  Based on the findings, further research plans will look into rethinking ICT as a source of transforming TVET, addressing skill deficits, and fostering innovation in employability to meet changing needs of a digital society.

 

II. Assignments

 

Under the authority of the Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, the Contractor shall perform the following work assignment.

  1. Develop a research framework (including research questions, methodologies, core indicators, and potential data sources) ; as well as design and produce a comprehensive work plan (NOTE: these will serve as the contents of the Inception Report)

  2. Organize and conduct appropriate research activities

    1. Coordinate with the rest of the research team, if any, with regards to the research study

    2. Draft the appropriate research methodology for data gathering against core indicators

    3. Conduct data gathering activities (e.g. Internet search, literature review, review of policy documents, etc.)

    4. Collect, document and synthesize promising national and/or local initiatives within the AP region (at least 8 country cases) that implement ICT-enhanced innovative pedagogy in TVET

    5. Analyse the data in order to identify patterns in terms of motivation, core elements of innovation, strengths/weaknesses/opportunities/risks, benefits and challenges, lessons learned, and key success factors in effectively innovating TVET through ICT

    6. Formulate policy recommendations for ICT-enhanced innovative pedagogy in TVET and ways to improve the quality of TVET teacher training

    7. Drawn on the findings, propose a draft research framework for the follow-up study (i.e. an in-depth and extended study to understand the current situations in teaching and learning in TVET and identify gaps between the investigated cases and the realities across the region)

  3. Incorporate review comments from the UNESCO into the final version of the research study

  4. Prepare and submit the inception report and the final version of the research study

  5. Make an effort to disseminate the research outcomes through scholarly network such as academic journals and/or conference presentations

  6. Coordinate directly with the UNESCO Bangkok and UNEVOC project team on related matters

 

In line with UNESCO's overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the contractor is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts whenever feasible. Per UNESCO guidelines, the research study has to be subjected to external reviews prior to publication. 

 

III. Expected deliverables

 

  1. An inception report

  2. Final research report (including Policy recommendations for ICT-enhanced innovative pedagogy in TVET and ways to improve the quality of TVET teacher training; and a draft research framework for the follow-up study).

 

IV. Duration of contract

 

Up to 30 June 2016 from the date of granting of contract

 

V. Duty station and required travel

 

The consultancy does not require to be located in Bangkok, Thailand. The assignment can be done remotely.

 

VI. Fees:  USD 6,000 total

 

VII. Qualifications/Requirements

 

Education:  Advanced university degree in a relevant field

Experience: At least 5 years of research and analytical experience, preferably in the area of teaching and learning practices in TVET

Language skill: Excellent oral communication and report writing skills in English

 

 

Apply To:

 

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter (in English and referencing the Job Announcement "Consultant: Beyond Access: ICT-enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET") accompanied by full Curriculum Vitae stating details of educational qualifications, working experience, and contact information. The inclusion of sample research work (preferably via Dropbox or a similar service) is highly encouraged.   

 

Your application should be submitted by e-mail to apeid.bgk@unesco.org by 9th February 2016.

 

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Friday, February 5, 2016

[UNESCO CI News] CI highlights

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Book "Doing Qualitative Research: The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry"

Doing Qualitative Research: The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry
by Joost Beuving, Geert de Vries; Published by Amsterdam University Press, 2015, Paperback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9789089647658.
Naturalistic inquiry is about studying people in everyday circumstances using ordinary means. It strives to blend in—respecting people in their daily lives, taking their actions and experiences seriously while not interfering—in order to come to theoretical understanding. This textbook offers guidance, combining thoughtful reflection with practical tips. It is written for undergraduate and graduate students in social science; for practitioners in social work, healthcare, policy advice, and organizational consultancy; and for all who have a genuine interest in society and its members.
Further Details: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25102821
Sample Chapter & ToC
: http://en.aup.nl/download/Look%20Inside%20Doing%20Qualitative%20Research.pdf

Monday, February 1, 2016

RIS Discussion Paper | Science, Technology, Innovation in India & Access, Inclusion & Equity: Discourses, Measurement & Emerging Challenges

Science, Technology, Innovation in India and Access, Inclusion and Equity: Discourses, Measurement and Emerging Challenges
by Sachin Chaturvedi, Krishna Ravi Srinivas, Rashmi Rastogi
RIS Discussion Paper #202 | 2015


Abstract: The role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in economic growth is well accepted. Tracing the debate on the role of science in Indian society in the pre-1947 India, the discourses and narratives on science, technology and society in India are mapped and their impact on policies is discussed. However, in the backdrop of growing inequalities and access to technology the debate on technology and development has assumed greater policy relevance. In this paper, we have used qualitative analysis and quantitative methods to discuss the issues in understanding and evaluating S&T policy in India and measuring access, equity and inclusion (AEI) through indicators. Although AEI as principles can be used for policy analysis and studying the impacts of S&T policies, the need for robust indicators is obvious. But the current indicators of impacts of S&T, or innovation indicators do not capture AEI nor consider them as important values to be measured. In development economics attempts are being made to measure inclusion and exclusion and to study marginalisation or marginality. We have constructed three indices using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) where weights in each index are the variances of successive principal components. The paper suggests that research on AEI should become part of S&T policy process. It is suggested that in major technology initiatives and policy proposals 3 to 5 per cent of the proposed budgets could be allotted to such research. Another suggestion is to develop new methodologies and models, in the context of emerging technologies and S&T related indicators should be linked to socio-economic indicators.

Keywords: Access, Equity, Inclusion, S&T indicators, S&T policy, innovation policy

Download Full-text PDF

Sunday, January 31, 2016

CfPs: 7th NAST Conference 2016| 29-31 March| Kathmandu, Nepal| Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status

[Apologies for Cross Postings}

7th National Conference on Science and Technology

Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status
Kathmandu, Nepal
29–31 March 2016

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) was established in 1982 as an autonomous apex body of Nepal. It is mandated to work in the advancement of science and technology for all-round development of the nation. NAST is also entrusted with providing independent advice to the country on matters related to Science and Technology (S&T). Over the years, NAST has successfully completed outstanding research and science promotion projects, and played a crucial role in providing objective, science-based advice on critical issues affecting the nation. As a part of objectives, the Academy is organizing the Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology to provide a milieu of sharing the progress made in science and technology.

NAST organized the first S&T conference in 1988. Since then, conferences have been held in every four years. Each conference is devoted to a different area of contemporary issues of science and technology and features numerous symposia and concurrent sessions. Past conferences have explored a variety of themes to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the linkages between science and technology and socio-economic development of the country. The Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology will devote to Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal's Graduation to Developing Country Status.

Call for Papers
Those who are interested in attending the conference are encouraged to submit abstract of their presentation in a standard format along with the preregistration form at conference website (www.nastconference.org.np). The abstract of the papers presented in the conference will be published in the proceedings. The formal language of the conference is English.

Last date for Abstract Submission
: February 29, 2016

Further Details: www.nastconference.org.np

 

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Ramila Raut

Member Secretary

Management Committee, SNCST 2016

Chief, Promotion and Publicity Division

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

Khumaltar, Lalitpur, GPO Box 3323, Kathmandu, Nepal

Email:  info@nast.org.np, promotionnast@nast.org.np

URL : http://www.nast.gov.np

Tel: +9775547717, 5547715

Fax: +97715547713

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences| CUG Gandhinagar| 10-19 March

Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences

10-19 March 2016

Organised by: Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, New Delhi

Download: Notification and Application Form

Friday, January 29, 2016

Just Published "India Higher Education Report 2015" edited by N. V. Varghese & Garima Malik

India Higher Education Report 2015

Edited by N. V. Varghese & Garima Malik; Routledge, 2015, ISBN: 9781138121171, US$ 150.00.

About the Book

The unprecedented expansion of higher education in India and the proliferation of providers in turn have posed enormous challenges to equity, quality and financing of the sector. The India Higher Education Report 2015 traces the evolution of higher education and discusses the key role of committees and commissions whose reports and recommendations form the backdrop of contemporary developments. Authoritative and comprehensive, the volume examines a range of themes including equity, financing, employment, quality, and governance. It also engages with new and recent data as well as current issues and debates. The volume will be an important resource for academics, policy makers, civil society organisations, media and those concerned with higher education. It will also be useful to scholars and researchers of public policy, sociology and economics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. About the Contributors. List of Tables. List of Figures. List of Abbreviations. 1. Introduction N. V.Varghese and Garima Malik | Part I. The Higher Education Context 2. Higher Education Policy in India: Emerging Issues and Approaches Sukhadeo Thorat 3. Commissions and Committees on Higher Education in India: Perspectives and Recommendations on Major Issues A. Mathew | Part II. Equity in Higher Education 4. Quantitative Expansion of Higher Education in India P. Duraisamy 5. Perspectives on Social Group Disparities in Higher Education Govardhan Wankhede 6. Gender Representation in Higher Education: Going Beyond Numbers Karuna Chanana | Part III. Quality in Higher Education 7. Quality Assurance in Indian Higher Education-Role of NAAC Jagannath Patil and Latha Pillai 8. Research and Innovation in Universities in India: V.V. Krishna and Swapan Kumar Patra | Part IV. Diversification of the System 9. Diversification of Higher Education in India G.D. Sharma 10. Distance Education and Technology Based Education: An ICT Framework B.P. Sanjay | Part IV. Employment of Higher Education Graduates 11. The Employability of Tertiary-Level Graduates in India Santosh Mehrotra 12. Higher Education and International Migration Binod Khadria | Part V. Financing of Higher Education 13. A Decade of Ups and Downs in Public Expenditure on Higher Education in India J.B.G. Tilak 14. New Modes of Financing Higher Education: Cost Recovery, Private Financing and Student Loans Saumen Chattopadhyay | Part V. Private Higher Education 15. Emerging Trends in Private Higher Education in India Asha Gupta | Part VI Governance and Management 16. Regulation of Higher Education: Why and Whitherto R. V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar 17. State Councils of Higher Education: Expectations and Experiences M. Anandakrishnan 18. Institutional Autonomy and Leadership in Higher Education Sudhanshu Bhushan | Part VII Internationalization: International Students, Institution and Programme Mobility 19. Internationalization of Higher Education: Students and Institutional Mobility Rupa Chanda.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Invitation: TRCSS' International Conference on Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation | January 29-30 | JNU Convention Centre

International Conference on Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation

Organized By: South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN), TRCSS@JNU; STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) @University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Dates: January 29-30, 2016

Venue: Committee Hall, JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Aims of the Conference
In this conference we will consider the windows of opportunity for urban regeneration and renewal being opened up through growing concerns about various aspects of urban decay. We will explore possibilities for building upon alternative practices and creating new alliances as an integral part of transformative change for city region planning. Ultimately we will seek to support the strategies that governments and social movements can pursue to work toward regimes of urbanization that support sustainability. Through a combination of plenary presentations, case studies and working group discussions, we will work towards new (critical policy engaged) research and engagement agendas that will consider how transformations to sustainable urbanization will happen and through what mechanisms.
We will engage with the following cross cutting themes:
a) Ideas of green urban development (land use politics and city region planning)
b) Technology choice and innovation
c) Institutional Change - A shift from government towards new models of governance (Decentralization, PPP etc.)
d) Financing and incentives
e) The interface between formality and informality
f) Social mobilization and challenges of alliance formation for urban sustainability

Working Groups (WGs)
With these themes in mind, three conference working groups (WGs) will bring together diverse disciplinary and sectoral perspectives to bear in discussing priorities for a forward looking research and engagement agenda. The focus of the three working groups is as follows:
WG-1: Environment, Health and sustainable cities: what next for the Nexus?
WG-2: Growth and Urban Sustainability
WG-3: Social Mobilisation and Sustainable Urban Transformation

Programme
29th January, 2016, Friday
9:00-9:30 AM | Tea / Coffee
9.15–9:30 AM | Registration
9:30–10:00 AM | Introductory Session
10:00–11:30 AM | Session 1 | Current urban sustainability research by JNU and STEPS Centre
11:30–11.45 AM | Tea/Coffee
11.45–1:30 PM | Session 2 | Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Approaches
2:30–4:00 PM | Working Group formation
4:00–4:30 PM | Tea/Coffee
4:30–5:30 PM | Working Group Activities Begin
30th January, 2016, Saturday
9:30–10 AM | Tea / Coffee
10- 11 AM | Working Group activities
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Tea/Coffee
11:30 – 1:00 PM | Working Group activities continue
2:00–3:30PM | Preparation of working group reports
3.45–6:00 PM | Reporting back on amended position paper and priority for future research agendas & concluding remarks

Further Details

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today | South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) Launch event | IIC New Delhi

South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) Launch event

January 28, 2016; 6.00 – 9.00 PM

Venue: Lecture Room – II (Annexe Building), India International Centre, New Delhi

6:00 PM- 7:15 PM | Inauguration: SASH&KN
Chair: Nitin Desai; Co-Chair: Prasenjit Sen
Speakers: Pranav N Desai; Dinesh Abrol; Fiona Marshall; Ian Scoones; Sunita Narain; P. Sainath
Concluding Remark: Nitin Desai and Prasenjit Sen

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM | Launch of Friends of Sustainability
Chair and Moderation: Ritu Priya
Speakers: Miloon Kothari, Usha Ramanathan, Tikender Singh Panwar, Dipak Gyawali, Priyanie Amersinghe, Partho Datta, and Felix Padel
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Open Discussion
9:00 PM | Dinner

*Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU is a collaborative initiative of four Centres within the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, namely Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) and Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies (CIS&LS). One of the major initiatives of the TRCSS, JNU is South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN)  a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre. STEPS Centre is a joint venture of Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK.