Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Call for Participation in WDR 2019 Competition | World Development Report 2019

Call for Participation in WDR 2019 Competition | World Development Report 2019


Accepting Entries Now through 31 August 2018 for the World Bank's Competition on the Changing Nature of Work.


The next World Bank World Development Report (WDR) 2019 will address The Changing Nature of Work. For the first time since the World Bank began publishing the WDR in 1978, the writing process has been completely transparent and open to the public. Every Friday afternoon, the latest draft is uploaded to the World Bank website, so that anyone with internet access has an opportunity to read it and engage with the team of authors.  As part of this process, the World Bank has launched a competition for university and college students to submit examples of governments, cities, firms, individuals, or any other actor taking advantage of opportunities created by technology and "the future of work".


The Prizes: The three best examples will be awarded prizes of $5,000 and be considered for inclusion in the final report.

Winners will be announced on October 1, 2018.


The Theme:

The 2019 World Development Report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. While technology improves overall living standards, the process can be disruptive. A new social contract is needed to smooth the transition and guard against inequality. As a first priority, significant investments in human capital throughout a person's lifecycle are vital to ensure workers stay competitive against machines. Second, the changing nature of work demands updates to social protection systems. Traditional provisions of social protection based on steady wage employment, clear definitions of employers and employees, as well as a fixed point of retirement are increasingly obsolete. Third, governments will need additional revenues to fund the investments demanded by the changing nature of work. Governments can generate such revenues through a mix of existing taxes (increases in rates or widening of the tax base), the introduction of new taxes, and improvements in tax administration.

The judges will select examples for publication based on their treatment of the "Changing Nature of Work" theme and on their relevance to messages in the report.

We look forward to reading examples from your country. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on August 31 2018.

Submit Your Example Today! To enter the competition, prepare a brief summary of your example (maximum 400 words per example, three per participant) and send to wdr2019@worldbank.org. Please include your full name and nationality in the cover email.

Further Details

Monday, July 16, 2018

Call for Applications: 5th IndiaLICS Training Programme on Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply" – Leonardo da Vinci
5th IndiaLICS Training Programme on Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development
14-19 September 2018 |  Mohali (near Chandigarh), Punjab

Call for Applications
Applications from research scholars and early career faculty members are invited for the 5th IndiaLICS training program on Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development to be held in LM Thapar School of Management, Mohali (near Chandigarh), Punjab. The programme intends to expose the participants to various issues and methods in the sphere of research on innovation systems and sustainable development.
IndiaLICS is the India chapter of Globelics, an international network of scholars who apply the concept of Learning, Innovation and Competence-building System (LICS) as a framework for promoting inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition (www.globelics.org). IndiaLICS pro-actively promotes domestic/ national and global exchange of scholarship in innovation systems and the translation of innovation to development outcomes. 
The programme would admit 25 participants. Candidates from SC/ST, minority and women are especially encouraged to apply. The course is residential with full support for travel (2nd AC train fares) and local hospitality for outstation participants. 
The scholars may apply by sending (a) duly filled application form, downloadable from http://indialics.org (b) a detailed CV and (c) an extended abstract/ synopsis (1000 words) of their current research work by email to lakhwindergill@pbi.ac.in (Coordinator–IndiaLICS) or pverma@thapar.edu (Coordinator–CSIS).
The last date for receiving applications is 5th August 2018.
  • Centre for Sustainability Innovations & Strategy (CSIS), LM Thapar School of Management, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Dera-Bassi Campus, Dera Bassi-140507, Mohali (SAS Nagar), Punjab, India; Mobile: +91-9478374656.
  • Centre for Development Economics & Innovation Studies (CDEIS), Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, Punjab, India Mobile: +91-9888755642.

CfPs: 4th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law, 2019

4th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law 

New Delhi, 1st March 2019 

Call for Papers
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will organize the 4th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law on 1st March, 2019 in New Delhi.

Objectives: This conference aims to:
  • Stimulate research and debate on contemporary issues in the field of economics of competition law.
  • Develop a better understanding of competition issues relevant to the Indian context.
  • Draw inferences for implementation of competition law in India.

Who should participate? The conference targets economists including scholars, practitioners and competition agency officials with a keen interest in economics of competition law and policy.

Submission of papers: A 1000-word abstract of the paper including research questions, methodology and expected results along with one-page curriculum vitae and contact details should be submitted initially. Authors of selected abstracts will then be invited to submit full original papers of not more than 5000 words.

The Conference is expected to cover a wide range of related themes. However, papers in following themes are encouraged:
1. Market definition, measuring market power and abuse of dominance: Issues like empirical methods of defining markets, measuring market power, and assessment of exclusionary unilateral conduct etc. may be covered among others. 
2. Vertical restraints and competition: Vertical restraints can have many pro-competitive as well as anti-competitive effects. Papers may explore areas such as resale price maintenance, assignment of exclusive territories or exclusive dealing, tying and bundling and circumstances under which these restrictions have anti-competitive effects.
3. Horizontal agreements and cartelization: Prohibition of collusive conduct of firms is a key component of competition law. Papers may explore issues such as economics of collusion, information exchange, price signaling, facilitating factors for cartels, detecting and discouraging cartels etc.
4. Economics of platform markets and challenges for antitrust enforcement: New digital products and business models as well as the special characteristics of digital markets have created new challenges for enforcement and competition policy. Papers may explore new tools and techniques that the discipline of economics offers for assessing competition issues in platform markets. 
5. Intellectual Property Rights and competition law: Competition law will be concerned not with the legitimate exercise of an IP right, but with efforts of the holders of this right to expand the scope, either to new products, or beyond a certain time or by conditioning access to the right on restrictions. Papers may explore areas of recent concerns in the IP- competition law interface.
6. Price and non-price effects of mergers: Economic analysis is playing an increasingly important role in merger review. Papers may focus on recent developments in estimating the effects of mergers (merger simulation, diversion ratios, pricing pressure indices, etc.), innovation effects and welfare effects of mergers including vertical or conglomerate mergers, issues in the use of appropriate remedies, that is, adoption of structural and/or behavioral remedies.
7. Any other issues related to competition policy and law.

Conference fee: There is no conference fee.

Post-conference publication: Depending on the quality of submissions, some papers may be considered for publication by the CCI. Given the limited time available for presentation at the conference, some exceptional papers not selected for presentation may also be considered for inclusion in the publication or the electronic compendium to be placed on the CCI website.
Financial support: Deserving speakers may be considered for financial support.

Venue: New Delhi, India

Important dates and deadlines: 
1. Last date of submission of abstracts | 15th August 2018 23:00 hrs IST
2. Review, Selection and intimation | 1st October 2018
3. Last date for submission of full papers | 1st December 2018
4. Review and Finalization of papers | 1st February 2019
5. Conference date | 1st March 2019.

Selection of themes and speakers: The CCI will have complete discretion in deciding the themes of the sessions based on the responses received as well as in selecting the speakers. Papers based on empirical research that can inform enforcement and policy are encouraged. 

Contact us: Abstracts along with CV may be sent to ecoseminar@cci.gov.in. Requests for further information or any other queries may also be sent to this email id. 

NCAER NDIC invites Student Research Proposals

NCAER National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC)

Request for Student Research Proposals supervised by Faculty Members

Last Date for Submission of Proposals: 20 July, 2018

The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) is India's oldest and largest independent, non-profit, economic research institute. NCAER with its consortium partners, University of Maryland and University of Michigan, has recently set up a new National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC). Initial funding for NDIC is provided by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

The focus of the RFP is to seek for proposals on methodologies for data collection and analysis across the following domains: gender equity, income from different sources, consumption expenditure, employment and unemployment, financial inclusion, health insurance and health expenditure, and agriculture.

The proposals should focus on innovative ideas to improve data quality on the following aspects:

  • Fulfilling data needs and bridging gaps
  • Mode of data collection
  • Questionnaire designing
  • Social desirability bias
  • Interview setting
  • Survey implementation

Eligibility and Funding

Students pursuing their PhD degree or equivalent in any Indian academic or research institute are eligible to apply. We seek proposals from student–faculty teams in order to promote innovations, build skills and foster collaborations between the researchers and senior faculty. NCAER-NDIC will support a budget of up to Rs. 6 lakhs for a period of 12 months. The budget should clearly indicate the actual needs and modes of utilisation of the funding for the proposed project. There is provision for five such grants. Only one grant from each applicant will be considered for funding.

All applications must be emailed to Arpita Kayal, Programme Manager, NDIC (akayal@ncaer.org), in a single PDF document (with the text in 'Georgia' font, point size 12).

For details of the application procedure and selection criteria, please visit the NCAER website.

CoRe - 2018: IGIDR PhD Colloquium | Call for Applications

CoRe - 2018: IGIDR PhD Colloquium | Call for Applications

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) invites applications from PhD. scholars for participating in its third Conversations on Research (CoRe): IGIDR PhD. Colloquium. The Colloquium is being organized as part of the Institute's overall mandate to foster excellence in research by stimulating interactions among young researchers across the country.

About: CoRe aims to provide doctoral students of Economics, Energy & Environment, and Development Studies:

(a) a platform to present their on-going research and gain valuable feedback on their work

(b) an opportunity to meet doctoral students from other parts of the country

(c) a forum to discuss emerging issues that concern both theoretical and empirical researchers

(d) guidance on improving the chance of publication through interactions with senior researchers and journal editors

(e) suggestions for post PhD. career options

Date and Venue: November 13-16, 2018, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Goregaon (East), Mumbai


a) Full Paper Sessions: A total of 14 PhD. scholars who are in the advanced stage of their doctoral work will be invited to present a paper from their thesis. This will be followed by a discussion led by the chair/discussant. Two slots are earmarked for candidates who made poster presentations in CoRe 2016 & CoRe 2017 subject to their meeting acceptable quality standards.

b) Poster Presentation Sessions: A total of 16 PhD. scholars who are in the initial stages of their PhD. will be invited to present an overview of their thesis in short/poster presentations.

c) Panel discussions: Panel Discussions will be held every evening involving faculty members, journal editors and other resource persons from IGIDR and other academic institutions.

Financial Support: 3rd AC train fare by the shortest route, free accommodation on twin sharing basis, and full boarding.

Application Procedure:

All PhD Scholars registered with a university in India are eligible to apply. Interested participants should send the following documents by email to CoRe@igidr.ac.in: (1) a covering letter, (2) latest CV, (3) scanned (attested) copy of a bonafide certificate from the College/Institute/University authorities, (4) a letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor, and (5) a completed paper (to be considered for the Full Paper Sessions), or an overview of the thesis (to be considered for Short/Poster Sessions).

All candidates must mention if they participated in CoRe 2016 & CoRe 2017.

Deadlines: The last Date for receiving applications is 31st August, 2018. Selected candidates will be informed by September 30th, 2018.

CoRe Website: www.igidr.ac.in/CoRe

CoRe Email: CoRe@igidr.ac.in

Further Details


IDRC invites applications for the IDRC Research Awards 2019

IDRC invites applications for the IDRC Research Awards 2019

This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries who have recently completed, or are pursuing, a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university.
The selected candidates will be granted a one-year paid program to undertake research and gain hands-on experience in research and program management.
The application deadline for the IDRC Research Awards 2019 call is 16:00 (EDT) on September 5, 2018.

Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.
For payroll purposes, awardees are considered full-time employees of IDRC. Benefits include employer contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax, the Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.
12 awards will be offered during this call. There is one call per program listed below. You may only choose ONE of the following:
  • Advisory Committee on Research Ethics
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Employment and Growth
  • Food, Environment, and Health
  • Foundations for Innovation
  • Governance and Justice (in Kenya)
  • Livestock Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Networked Economies
  • Policy and Evaluation 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CfPs: International Seminar "Recent Trends and Experimental Approaches in Science, Technology, Nature and Management" | 23 -24 Dec | FDDI, Jodhpur

Society for Science and Nature (SFSN)

India is organizing



Two Day International Seminar on


"Recent Trends and Experimental Approaches in Science, Technology Nature and Management"



23 -24 December, 2018

(Sunday & Monday)

FDDI, Jodhpur, Rajasthan


We would like to invite Research Papers based on original research work from Researchers, Academicians, Corporate Leaders, NGOs, and Students in the field of various innovative thrust areasDoctors, Scientists, Scholars and Students in the areas of Agricultural, Biological, life Sciences,  Natural, Medical, Veterinary,  Fashion, Management and Technology, to  provides a forum for the dissemination of original research results, new ideas, Research and development, practical experiments, which concentrate on both theory and practices

Selected papers will be published in the edited volume and special issue of Journal Publish under the edges of Society for Science and Nature (SFSN) with Oura Prakashan.


Best Paper awards will also be given in all thrust areas of seminar


With the same, we take this opportunity to invite you all to participate in this Seminar and share your innovative ideas and research outputs. We shall appreciate your participation in the seminar and confirmation for the same at the earliest. 



Last Date for Abstract/ full paper Submission

30 October 2018

Last Date for Submission of Selected Full Papers

: 15 Dec.,  2018

Last Date for Registration

: 12 December,  2018

 Last date of Submission for Award
(Emerging, Young, Scientist of the year, Best , Life time achievement and Global Recognition Award)

: 30 October 2018


Seminar email id:  sfsn.seminar@gmail.comecosustainable@hotmail.com


Note :Please visit our web link for details on regular basis for seminar updates



We request you to forward this mail to your Faculty Colleagues, Friends, Research Scholars and Students for contributing research papers for the same.


Registration related inquiries Please contact:

Seminar convener                                          


Dr. S. K Gangwar

Associate Professor,


Ex professor- Axum, Mekelle and Wollega University, UNDP Program

+91 7761067796,  8707885679,  sfsn97@gmail.com




Thursday, July 5, 2018

MHRD Invites Comments & Suggestions on the draft "The Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of UGC Act) Act 2018"

The Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of UGC Act) Act 2018
Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a process of reform of the regulatory agencies for better administration of the higher education sector. A Budget announcement has been to reform the regulatory framework and for revamping the UGC Act.
In fulfilment of the above, several reform measures have already been launched viz, reform of NAAC, Regulation for grant of Graded Autonomy to Universities, granting of Autonomous status to colleges, the Regulation for Open Distance Learning, Regulation for Online degrees etc.
Continuing these reform measures, a draft Act for repeal of UGC and setting up Higher Education Commission of India has been prepared by the Ministry.
Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for HRD appealed to all educationists, stakeholders and general public to give comments and suggestions before 5 p.m. on 7th July 2018 on the draft Act. The comments may be mailed to reformofugc@gmail.com.
The draft Act is in accordance with the commitment of Government for reforming the regulatory systems that provide for more autonomy and facilitate holistic growth of the education system and which provides greater opportunities to the Indian students at more affordable cost. The transformation of the regulatory set up is guided by the following principles:
1. Less Government and more Governance: Downsizing the scope of the Regulation. No more interference in the management issues of the educational institutions. 
2. Separation of Grant Functions: The grant functions would be done by the Ministry, and the HECI would focus only on academic matters.
3. End of Inspection Raj: Regulation is done through transparent public disclosures, merit-based decision making on matters regarding standards and quality in higher education.
4. Focus on Academic Quality: HECI is tasked with the mandate of improving academic standards with specific focus on learning outcomes, evaluation of academic performance by institutions, mentoring of institutions, training of teachers, promote use of educational technology etc. Will develop norms for setting standards for opening and closure of institutions, provide for greater flexibility and autonomy to institutions, lay standards for appointments to critical leadership positions at the institutional level irrespective of University started under any Law (including State Law)
5. Powers to Enforce : The Regulator will have powers to enforce compliance to the academic quality standards and will have the power to order closure of substandard and bogus institutions. Non-compliance could result in fines or jail sentence. 
The MHRD welcomes suggestion on the draft Act for Higher Education Commission of India (repeal of UGC Act) 2018.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CfP: Workshop "The Independence of Research – Interdisciplinary Perspectives" | 15-16 November, Berlin

CfP: Workshop "The Independence of Research – Interdisciplinary Perspectives" 
15-16 November 2018 in Berlin

Dear colleagues,

Our research group "Independence of Research" invites you to contribute to our interdisciplinary workshop on this topic, which will take place on 15 and 16 November 2018 in Berlin. Below, please find a brief description of the workshop. The call is attached and can be found at https://independenceofresearch.org/news/workshop-2018/.

The independence of research is a key strategic problem of modern societies. The question of who should be able to influence research and how this can be accomplished without damaging its productivity becomes increasingly important. At the same time, we observe new challenges to the independence of research from the increasing integration of science in political processes, changes in science funding, threats to the mutual trust between scientists such as the reproducibility crisis and the discovery of questionable research practices, as well as a growing mutual dependence of researchers. The complex problems posed by these shifts are insufficiently matched by a collaboration of disciplines investigating conditions for, and effects of, the changing independence of research. Sociological, psychological, legal, economic, historical and philosophical perspectives are unevenly developed, insufficiently integrated, and rarely linked to reflections by scientists on their independence.

We invite theoretical and empirical contributions, which may contribute to the disciplinary perspectives described above, add new ones, or explore interdisciplinary perspectives. Please submit abstracts of about 500 words until 3 September 2018 to Jochen.Glaser[@]ztg.tu-berlin.de. Participants will be notified by 15 September 2018. We will cover travel and accommodation costs of participants.


Best wishes


Jochen Gläser


PD Dr Jochen Gläser

Center for Technology and Society

TU Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin



New Special Issue: Changing Funding Arrangements and the Production of Scientific Knowledge. Minerva 56 (1)

CFP: Governing Environmental Change: Science Diplomacy and the Global Politics of Knowledge since the 19th century | Berlin, 16-17 November

CFP: Governing Environmental Change: Science Diplomacy and the Global Politics of Knowledge since the 19th century

Organizers: Nadin Heé (FU Berlin), Mariko Jacoby (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Sönke Kunkel (John F. Kennedy-Institute/FU Berlin), Simone Turchetti (University of Manchester)

Venue: Berlin, November 16-17, 2018

Deadline: August 10, 2018

Whether it's climate change, the conservation and management of natural resources, environmental pollution or the protection of wildlife and the biosphere – states and civil societies around the world today typically rely on scientific knowledge to counter the global environmental challenges of our times. Some governments have officially installed programs in "Science Diplomacy" to be able to cope with environmental change. Science organizations organize the transnational build-up of research capacities in fields such as the environmental sciences. And international organizations and transnational foundations, too, now widely promote international scientific collaboration and cooperation, claiming that such collaborations are essential for building a sustainable world. 

However, as much as advocates of science diplomacy brand their efforts as new and unprecedented today, it should not be overlooked that they are in turn part of a longer history of transnational politics of knowledge exchanges and research collaborations that go back as far as the late nineteenth century. There is much research underway now on the various forms that those transnational politics of science have taken since then, and a number of works have already provided us with important insights into the mechanics of science diplomacy especially in the context of big science, nuclear physics, transatlantic relations, and the Cold War. On the other hand, there are only few works so far that go beyond Western Europe and connect the history of science diplomacy to global environmental history. We therefore still lack a deeper and more systematic understanding of the global trajectories of science diplomacy and the ways it responded to, was interrelated with, and shaped global environmental change since the nineteenth century.

Against this background, the goal of our workshop is to explore those interconnections in a global context. Questions we would like to address are: How did ideas on transnational and global environments evolve since the nineteenth century and how did they shape science diplomacy? How did governments, international organizations, and transnational actors promote and organize knowledge transfers and scientific collaborations across borders to address new environmental concerns? What were the motivations, goals, interests, expectations, and concepts behind such policies and how did those change over time?  What agency did individual scientists and experts have in 'doing science diplomacy'?

In addition, we are also interested in discussing more methodological and theoretical questions:

  • What is and how can we conceptualize science diplomacy?
  • How did different regional and cultural settings shape the course and conduct of science diplomacy? 
  • How do non-political forms of international research collaboration relate to science diplomacy?
  • How do knowledge brokers and experts working outside a university setting fit into a history of science diplomacy?

Studying the intersections between science diplomacy and global environmental change, we believe not only opens up a new lens on the entanglements between foreign policy, science, technology, and the international community. It also opens up new perspectives on global environmental history: How did understandings of environmental challenges and problems change over the course of the twentieth century? What new forms and orders of environmental knowledge did scientists, researchers, and experts produce? How did such knowledge circulate globally, and how did it translate into new norms, policies, and practices of ecosystem management? When, where, and how was such knowledge contested?

We therefore invite contributions that address, but must not necessarily be limited to, the following issues:

  • international organizations, nation-states, INGOs, and their global politics of knowledge
  • science diplomacy, sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change
  • environmental change, experts, development policy, and global knowledge transfers
  • the globalizing of scientific disciplines and research fields, for example of oceanography and marine biology, forestry, meteorology, volcanology or seismology   
  • resource management
  • natural disasters and disaster preparedness.

The workshop will take place in Berlin. Participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses and accommodation. Please note that we conceive of the workshop to be a 'publication workshop' that allows for in-depth discussion of individual papers and will result in a publication either with a well-established university press or a high-ranking journal in the field. 

Scholars interested in participating in the workshop are asked to send an abstract (200 to 400 words, in English) and a short curriculum vitae to nadin.hee@fu-berlin.de and soenke.kunkel@fu-berlin.de


before August 10, 2018.

In order to facilitate scholarly interchange, participants will circulate their papers before the workshop, and will give only very brief oral summaries. Final papers (6000 to 8000 words, fully footnoted) are due November 1 and will be available to workshop participants only.


Inquiries can be made to the conveners via the following e-mail addresses: nadin.hee@fu-berlin.de; soenke.kunkel@fu-berlin.de; mjacoby@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de; simone.turchetti@manchester.ac.uk.


Further Details

Saturday, June 30, 2018

TRCSS releases Working Paper # 1 | Waste to Energy in Delhi: Alternatives towards Sustainable Urban Waste Management

TRCSS Working Paper No. 01/2018

Waste to Energy in Delhi: Alternatives towards Sustainable Urban Waste Management, by Pravin Kushwaha, Pritpal Randhawa, Fiona Marshall, and Pranav N Desai. TRCSS Working Paper No. 01/2018, New Delhi: TRCSS-JNU, June 2018.

Abstract: With the increasing waste production in urban areas, multiple technological solutions, models of waste governance and alternative practices of solid waste management have started acquiring momentum in Indian cities. Of the numerous solutions to this problem, waste to energy technology is emerging as an essential solution in India. Hence, this paper probes whether the emergence of waste to energy technologies is the 'preferred solution' for municipal solid waste management in Delhi, in the context of the wider political economy of environmental management in urban India. Specifically, it is concerned with (1) the processes that are involved in the prioritisation of particular types of urban waste management technological interventions, (2) The types of environmental, health and social justice issues that are formally recognized in these processes, and how and why others are unrecognised, (3) who gains and who loses from current interventions, and how people's understandings compare with those of local service providers and officials, and (4) Possible alternative waste management scenarios, institutional and regulatory arrangements that are emergent.

Keywords: Solid Waste Management, Waste-to-energy Technology, Waste Governance, Environmental Health, Social Justice.

Download Full-text PDF (Open Access)

About TRCSS: 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.

Friday, June 29, 2018

CfPs: International Conference "From Transmissive to Transformative Pedagogies: Digital Technologies for Fostering 21st Century Competencies" TECH2018 | 15-17 Nov, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

From Transmissive to Transformative Pedagogies: Digital Technologies for Fostering 21st Century Competencies (TECH2018)

15-17 November 2018 

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

TECH 2018, UNESCO MGIEP's international conference, aims to showcase the role of games and digital learning in enabling a shift from "transmissive pedagogies" to "transformative pedagogies" to create peaceful and sustainable societies.



Concept Note

About UNESCO MGIEP: The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is UNESCO's category 1 Research Institute that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world. In line with its vision of 'Transforming Education for Humanity', the Institute employs the whole-brain approach to education, with programmes that are designed to mainstream SEL in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and to put youth as global citizens at the centre of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

About the Conference: Building on the success of TECH 2017, UNESCO MGIEP will organise TECH 2018 to delve into the role of digital technologies in enabling a shift from "transmissive pedagogies" to "transformative pedagogies" to create more peaceful and sustainable societies. TECH 2018 aims at drawing a blueprint for harnessing pedagogical possibilities opened up by digital technologies, in order to contribute to enabling a revolutionary shift in education from individual content acquisition to collaborative intelligence.


Conference Objectives: TECH 2018 aims to:

  1. Provide a platform for dialogue and capacity building across gaming, digital pedagogy and education stakeholders, including students, teachers and young people;
  2. Showcase and demonstrate pedagogical possibilities opened up by gaming and digital technologies in enabling learners to develop 21st century skills and competencies to shape peaceful and sustainable societies;
  3. Critically reflect upon and articulate institutional and ethical implications of embracing digital solutions to education.


Conference Themes

Theme 1: Transformative Gaming and Digital Pedagogies for SEL

The need for individuals, resilient and adaptive to rapidly changing environments, is the order of the day. The need for building not only intellectual intelligence but also emotional intelligence has never been greater. Recent research increasingly demonstrates what supporters of SEL have long advocated that students need to be "socially aware" and "emotionally-connected" for them to learn and for societies to flourish. In recent years, it has been demonstrated that SEL skills such as empathy, mindfulness and compassion can be explicitly taught and learned. Indeed, research suggests that SEL skills impact positively both academic performance and behavioural outcomes. UNESCO MGIEP promotes the idea that building both emotional and intellectual intelligence is key to achieving peaceful and sustainable societies and this can be delivered to all learners through the use of innovative technologies. Participants are invited to: Present the research evidence for SEL delivered directly or indirectly through transformative gaming and digital pedagogies, which have implications for achieving SDG 4.7; Showcase good practices in curricula for building social and emotional skills through gaming and digital learning tools and methodologies; Provide hands-on training to educators and youth to develop and employ innovative gaming and digital technologies to directly or indirectly deliver SEL experiences that promote values of peace, global citizenship and sustainable development.


Theme 2: Beyond Four Walls of the Classroom

Rather than embracing everything digital, participants are invited to explore how digital technologies can overcome constraints imposed by highly institutionalised features of modern schooling, including assessment of learning as memory of textbook knowledge. Experts and practitioners of education for sustainable development (ESD), global citizenship education (GCED), global learning, peace education and education in general are invited to examine, together with ed-tech stakeholders, the role of digital technologies in whole-school approaches and other holistic efforts to build a culture of peace and sustainability at the school and community levels.

Participants are invited to: Explore the role of games and digital learning in teaching and assessment of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes associated with SDG 4.7; Highlight the role of digital technologies in problem-based/project-based learning for peace and sustainability; Present good practices on the use of crowdsourcing for promoting education for peace and sustainable development; Present pedagogical possibilities opened up by digital games, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), or Mixed Reality (MR) in formal or non-formal ESD and GCED, or in both.


Theme 3: Transformative Gaming and Digital Pedagogiesfor STEM+

Core subjects such as Mathematics, Science, and Languages often occupy a privileged place in the school curriculum in terms of time allocation and mandatory and examinable status. These subjects are usually taken seriously by students, parents, teachers and policymakers alike as they are assumed to enhance economic competitiveness—both at the individual and national levels. In fact, many digital learning management systems focus on delivering content on Mathematics, Science and English. Given the status of these subjects, it is important to understand: What do transformative digital pedagogies for STEM+ subjects look like? How can digital technologies contribute to building problem solving and creative, critical and systemic thinking skills? How can they facilitate issue-based or thematic approaches in the teaching of core subjects? How can they combine learning of the content prescribed by the curriculum with creative expressions? How can new, innovative and fun ways be used through games and digital learning for assessment of knowledge?

Participants are invited to: Present cases of Mathematics, Science or Language Education delivered through transformative digital pedagogies, which has particular implications for building problem solving and critical thinking skills; Showcase good practices in digitally mediated pedagogies for building literacy and numeracy along with curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills; Provide hands-on training to educators and youth to develop and employ innovative technologies to deliver STEM+ education experiences that promote values of peace, global citizenship and sustainable development; Demonstrate the use of digital games for learning and assessment in the STEM+ field; Showcase digital pedagogical innovations for children with "Difference Learning" (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia).


Theme 4: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has caught the imagination of the world and has been gaining popularity in the business sector. To date, the use of AI in education has been limited and at times contested; most arguments against it centre on how it will make teachers redundant and learning more automated than it is currently. Rather than replacing teachers and making learning impersonal, AI could take learning to a completely new level. It could instantly generate an astounding amount of information, curate supplementary learning resources to meet individual student interests and needs, provide teachers with a virtual teaching assistant, and allow students to connect with peer learners as well as a virtual peer or tutor wherever and whenever needed. In the classroom, this could increase valuable time for more teacher-student and student-student interaction and more engaging and immersive learning experiences. The collective wisdom of teachers and students could be garnered to expand the realm of possibilities for education. What are the implications of AI for the future of education? UNESCO MGIEP embraces the need for education to prepare learners for the world profoundly changed by new frontiers in AI.

Participants are invited to: Critically reflect upon the profound impact AI could have on how education and training is organised, including the automation of not only low-skill or routine tasks but also high-skill and cognitive tasks; the redefinition of 21st century skills; and the reinvention of the meaning of human existence and well-being; Share ideas on if and how we can or should embed the principles and values of peace and sustainable development in AI; Present innovative ideas on the use of AI as part of Learning Management Systems(LMS); Present AI options for assessments and analytics to guide learning; Showcase the use of AI in harvesting data from existing data sources such as the UNESCO Institute of Statistics database among others.


Theme 5: The Institutional Framework for Application of Digital Technologies in Education: Towards Surveillance or Collaborative Intelligence?

Learning Analytics, enabled by increasingly sophisticated data collection and information retrieval techniques, holds a great promise for optimising learning. At the same time, it raises concerns about privacy and data protection that need to be addressed by normative frameworks and policy guidelines. A major challenge concerns the ethical implications of data surveillance. Digital technologies are making personalised learning more practical and opening up a myriad of pedagogical possibilities. They are, however, also enhancing the capacity of governments, companies and individuals to undertake surveillance, which may violate or abuse human rights, in particular the right to privacy. In addition to privacy, data protection and surveillance issues, the use of digital media to transform information to knowledge and then to intelligence also raises issues related to intellectual property rights and the ownership of intelligence. The question of what constitutes a private good and a public social good is critical in determining how education systems evolve in the future. Participants are invited to: Present efforts to improve national laws and practices with respect to surveillance issues in a digital age, including preventative measures, sanction and remedies; Present ideas to prevent the private sector from committing violations and abuses of the right to privacy; Discuss moral and policy issues surrounding student privacy raised by learning analytics.


Still can't find a match for your idea in any of the above topics..….It's not the end…go ahead and share your story and challenge us!


Conference Formats: The main formats of the conference are:

  • Keynotes (Plenary, by invitation only)
  • Catalytic Panels and Debates (by invitation only)
  • Breakout Sessions (Panel Discussion, Workshop or Paper Presentation)
  • E-Poster Exhibitions
  • Learning Zone
  • Maker Space
  • Mock Classrooms

The discussions will be interactive in nature in order to provide participants with an opportunity to dialogue, exchange good practices and establish connections and contacts. A highlight of the conference will be extensive access to academic experts and innovative technologies for transformative pedagogies. Submissions are invited for all sessions listed above.


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Father of modern Oceanography honoured by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

UNESCO Media Advisory No.2018-28


Father of modern Oceanography honoured by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission


Paris, 28 June—Walter Munk, a giant of modern oceanography, will deliver the Roger Revelle Memorial Lecture during the Executive Council of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) at UNESCO's Headquarters on 5 July (4.45 pm).


In his lecture, the 100-year-old scientist, described by the New York Times newspaper as "the Einstein of Oceanography," will share his unique perspective on the evolution of oceanography over the past eight decades.


"It is an honour for UNESCO to receive Professor Munk and benefit from his insights into the great progress of oceanography and how much further it can go in contributing to the safeguarding of our shared ocean and the construction of a more sustainable world," said Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO. The IOC Executive Council will present Walter Munk with the UNESCO Roger Revelle Medal, which, like the memorial lecture itself, is named after Roger Revelle (USA, 1909—1991), a pioneering researcher into, among other subjects, anthropogenic global warming.


Born in Austria in 1917, Walter Munk, has been a physical oceanographer and geophysicist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA) since 1939. Over a long life of scientific inquiry, Munk has made decisive contributions to our understanding of ocean currents, tides and deep-ocean mixing, tsunamis and seismic waves, as well as the rotation of the Earth.


At Scripps, he was among the founders of the Institute of Geophysics in 1962 and in 2015 he cofounded the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology with Damien Leloup.


Each year, the IOC's Executive Council reviews the Intergovernmental Commission's work and prepares the General Assembly of the IOC's 149 Member States. This year, the Council will notably focus on preparations for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).




More about UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission: http://ioc.unesco.org


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