Saturday, August 27, 2016

Top Ten Academic Papers written by Ambassador Arundhati Ghose, India's CTBT Durga (1939-2016)

  • Ghose, Arundhati (2014). The Road to Nuclear Zero: Rhetoric or Reality? CLAWS Journal, Summer 2014, 36-45. Download
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2012). Book Review: Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy. India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, 68(2), 195–214. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2011).  Emerging India: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities. K Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture. National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Download
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2011). Book Review: Making Sense of Pakistan. India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, 67(4), 373-375. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2010). The Importance of 2010. Strategic Analysis, 34(2), 165-170. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2010). Emerging Markets and Global Governance: An Indian Perspective. The International Spectator, 45(4), 49-61. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2009). Nuclear Weapons, Non-proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament Evolving Policy Challenges. India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, 65(4), 431-440. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2008). Terrorists, Human Rights and the United Nations. South Asia Terrorism Portal. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2008). The Threat of Bio-Terrorism. CBW Magazine, 1(4). Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2006). Prospects for Indo-US Cooperation in Civilian Nuclear Energy. IDSA Comment, January 2006. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (2006). Maintaining the Moratorium: A De Facto CTBT. Disarmament Forum, Vol. 2. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (1997). Negotiating the CTBT: India's Security Concerns and Nuclear Disarmament. Journal of International Affairs, 51(1), 239-261. Download.
  • Ghose, Arundhati (1996). Statement made by Ms. Arundhati Ghose, in the Plenary of the Conference on Disarmament on August 8, 1996. FAS.ORG. Download.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Asia-Pacific higher education: ‘Sydney Statement’ sets out actions for improved comparability and recognition of qualifications

Dear Colleagues,


Greetings from EISD in Bangkok. We have good news to share - below, please find a brief update, including the announcement of the Sydney Statement on comparability and recognition of qualifications in Asia-Pacific.


More than 30 delegates met last week in Sydney, Australia for the 14th Session of the Regional Committee and Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Education 2030. This was an important opportunity to link ratification and implementation of the 2011 Tokyo Convention to SDG4 and promote fair and transparent recognition of higher education qualifications throughout the region. We received 36 Country Reports, many of which include detailed national work plans on ratification efforts. We look forward to being in touch with Member States as these plans and national consultations take shape. In the meantime, we appreciate your support and look forward to any questions about the Sydney meeting.


Asia-Pacific higher education: 'Sydney Statement' sets out actions for improved comparability and recognition of qualifications


Event: 14th Session: Presentations and further information


With best regards,


Secretariat of the Regional Committee

Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77
Fax: +66 23 91 08 66

Monday, August 22, 2016

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Invitation to submit narratives of teachers for World Teacher's Day Forum, 5-6 Oct, Bangkok

UNESCO Bangkok is organizing the World Teachers' Day (WTD) Forum, 5-6 October 2016 in Bangkok. The WTD theme this year is "Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status".  We would like to feature stories about teachers as part of this event.


As such, we hope to collect narratives (text and images) of teachers' valuable impact in students' lives.


The invitation is open to all Pre-schools, K-12 schools and TVET Institutions. The narratives could be directly submitted to us by members of the school community and the local community / families. We would appreciate the dissemination of the invitation to include the following details:


Specifications of submission

1)      Narrative write-up: 100 – 200 words (Word Document)

2)      1 to 2 digital images. The image must be suitable for 4-color print. Image size details (JPEG format) are as follows:

a.       1240 pixels X 1748 pixels; or

b.       A6 dimension at 300 dpi resolution (file size at 6 Mb).

c.       Minimum file size 6 Mb - Maximum 8mb

d.       Please note, if the image is taken with a phone camera, please extract the full-size image to a computer (transferring image via phone apps will drastically reduce the image quality, making it unsuitable for printing)   

3)      Submission email Subject: WTD Bangkok 5-6 Oct Narratives Submission

4)      Labelling of file names:

a.       For Word Document, please name the file "WTD_2016_teacher-name" (E.g. "WTD_2016_Mr-Hamid")

b.       For image file, please name the file "WTD_2016_teacher-name_01" (The second image file name will be "WTD_2016_teacher-name_02")

5)      Submission date: By 5 September 2016    


For clarifications, please email to Ms Mun Yee Lee at:

For submission of narratives, please email to Ms Mikyung Seo at:




Mun Yee Lee

Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building

920 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77

Fax: +66 23 91 08 66

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Book | Sustainable Energy for All: Innovation, Technology and Pro-poor Green Transformations | by David Ockwell & Rob Byrne

Sustainable Energy for All: Innovation, Technology and Pro-poor Green Transformations
by David Ockwell & Rob Byrne. Routledge, 2016, 214 pages, Paperback, ISBN: 9781138656932.

About the Book
Despite decades of effort and billions of dollars spent, two thirds of people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to electricity, a vital pre-cursor to economic development and poverty reduction. Ambitious international policy commitments seek to address this, but scholarship has failed to keep pace with policy ambitions, lacking both the empirical basis and the theoretical perspective to inform such transformative policy aims. Sustainable Energy for All aims to fill this gap. Through detailed historical analysis of the Kenyan solar PV market the book demonstrates the value of a new theoretical perspective based on Socio-Technical Innovation System Building. Importantly, the book goes beyond a purely academic critique to detail exactly how a Socio-Technical Innovation System Building approach might be operationalized in practice, facilitating both a detailed plan for future comparative research as well as a clear agenda for policy and practice. These plans are based on a systemic perspective that is more fit for purpose to inform transformative policy ambitions like the UN's Sustainable Energy for All by 2030 initiative and to underpin pro-poor pathways in sustainable energy access. This book will be of interest to academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field of sustainable energy access and low carbon development more broadly.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Beyond Hardware Financing and Private Sector Entrepreneurship
2. Innovation Systems for Technological Change and Economic Development
3. Innovation in the Context of Social Practices and Socio-Technical Regimes
4. Emergence and Articulation of the Kenyan Solar PV Market
5. Policy Regime Interactions and Emerging Markets
6. Learning from the Kenyan Solar PV Innovation History
7. Conclusions: Towards Socio-Technical Innovation System Building

About the Authors
David Ockwell is Reader in Geography at the University of Sussex, UK, and Deputy Director of Research in the ESRC STEPS Centre. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Sussex Energy Group and a Fellow of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. David sits on the board of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network.
Rob Byrne is Lecturer in SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex, UK. With David, Rob co-convenes the Energy and Climate Research Domain of the ESRC STEPS Centre. He is also a Research Fellow in the Sussex Energy Group and a Fellow of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Rob sits on the board of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and is a member of Climate Strategies.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Call for papers: Citizen Science and Citizen Labs

From: Sarita Albagli <>

CALL FOR PAPERS Liinc em Revista:  "Citizen Science and Citizen Labs"

Liinc em Revista is inviting submission of articles, subject to double-blind evaluation, for publication in Vol. 13, n. 1 (May 2017). We accept unpublished articles in Portuguese, Spanish and English.


This issue will present a dossier on "Citizen Science and Citizen Labs", organized by Guest Editors Henrique Parra (Unifesp, São Paulo), Mariano Fressoli (Cenit, Buenos Aires) and Antonio Lafuente (CSIC, Madri), within the theme proposed below.


Social studies of science and technology have observed in the last few years the emergence of multiple practices and alternative spaces of knowledge production, redesigning identities and frontiers between scientists and a concerned public, between the scientific laboratory and the citizen laboratory. 


Inspired by the more critical tendencies of collaborative science and research "in the wild", of open or citizen science, and by a tense dialogue with the dynamics of biopolitical government and of commodification of knowledge, there are new cognitive and political actors whose practices we wish to investigate.


Contributions to this dossier may include topics such as: 

  • Open science, citizen science and "common" science
  • Science and the production of the common
  • Communities of practice, epistemic communities, and counter-expertise
  • Citizen labs and political experimentation
  • Fablabs, hackerspaces, and the maker movement
  • Open science and grassroots innovation movements
  • Production of counter-hegemonic scientific knowledge and technological appropriation
  • Protocols, infrastructures, technologies and modes of organization for open and collaborative production of knowledge.

The dossier will also include a section for texts recounting innovative experiences within these topics. First authors of the articles should have doctoral or master degrees.  This rule does not apply to accounts of experiences. Other guidelines for authors can be found at:

Apart from the dossier, we also accept articles and reviews on other topics within the range of interest of Liinc em Revista.


Friday, August 19, 2016

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Fwd: Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry on "Mobility and Social Dynamics"| 28 Nov-02 Dec | Pondicherry, India

Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry on "Mobility and Social Dynamics"
Dates: 28 November to 2 December 2016
Venue: Pondicherry University and the French Institute of Pondicherry

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry has been designed as a programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social sciences research.

Each edition of the Winter School is based on a cross-cutting theme in the field of social sciences, taken as a guideline throughout the training workshop. For the 2016 Edition, the following theme has been chosen: "Mobility and Social Dynamics". The specific topics addressed encompass: spatial and social mobility, circulation, international migration, diaspora and the homeland, gender, survey design, data collection and analysis. Three parallel workshops will be coordinated by international teams of academics, with specific themes:
Workshop 1. Documenting Processes of Spatial Mobility: Qualitative and Ethnographic Approaches
Workshop 2. Using Survey Data to Understand Social and Geographical Mobility
Workshop 3. Social Mobility in its Indian Complexity: Conceptual and Methodological Dynamics

During five consecutive days, the Winter School will be organised around two poles:
  • plenary sessions (one day, lectures by senior academics) presenting state of the art, overview of theoretical and methodological issues on a particular research topic;
  • methodological and disciplinary workshops (three full days, three workshops à la carte for small groups) devoted to tutorials: theoretical models, text analysis, survey methods and data collection, data analysis, etc.
The training will end with a one-day knowledge and project restitutions and the delivery of certificates to participants.

Participants: The Winter School is open to Doctoral and Master Students of all fields in social sciences. Trainees will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, while taking into account the value of the training with regards to their research or professional projects. The teams of trainers will be multidisciplinary and international, composed of young and senior researchers originating from several Indian universities and research centres of excellence, as well as from abroad. It is the result of a long-lasting Indo-French collaboration between Pondicherry University and the French Institute in Pondicherry, as well as with CNRS, IRD and EHESS in France.

The training will take place at Pondicherry University (School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Silver Jubilee Campus) and at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), from November 28 to December 2, 2016.


The application should further include:
  • Full CV
  • Postgraduate degree certificate
  • These 2 documents should be sent by email to
  • The registration fees of Rs. 2,000 are payable at Pondicherry University on arrival.
  • Selected students will be offered round trip train fare (II Sleeper) and accommodation for the duration of the programme in the University campus.
Contact: All correspondence should be addressed to the team of coordinators:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Book | The Global Innovation Index 2016: Winning with Global Innovation | by WIPO and others

The Global Innovation Index 2016: Winning with Global Innovation
edited by Soumitra Dutta, Francis Gurry and Bruno Lanvin. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and others, 2016, e-Book, ISBN 9791095870012.

We are pleased to present the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2016 on the theme 'Winning with Global Innovation'. The geography and process of innovation have changed considerably since the first GII. Science and research and development (R&D) are now more open, collaborative, and geographically dispersed. R&D efforts are simultaneously more globalized and more localized while an increasing variety of actors in emerging countries contributes to enrich the innovation landscape. Arguably, everyone stands to gain from global innovation. More resources are now spent on innovation and related factors globally than at any other given point in human history. Thus far, however, innovation has sometimes not been portrayed as a global win-win proposition. Two factors explain this state of affairs: First, evidence regarding the organization and outcomes of the new global innovation model is lacking. Second, governments and institutions need to approach global innovation as a positive-sum proposition and tailor policies accordingly. The 2016 edition of the GII is dedicated to this theme. The report aims to contribute an analysis of global innovation as a win-win proposition and so facilitate improved policy making. Over the last nine years, the GII has established itself as both a leading reference on innovation and a 'tool for action' for decision makers. The launch events of the GII rotate across capitals of the world to ensure visibility of this data-driven exercise and a high degree of implementation on the ground. After a launch hosted by the Australian government in 2014, in 2015 the UK's then Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, hosted the launch of the GII in London. Following the 2016 global launch, regions and countries will use the GII as a tool for action as in previous years. In addition, the theme chosen for the 2016 edition of the GII and the indicators themselves can make a contribution to the debates on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in November 2015.
We thank our Knowledge Partners, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), du, and A.T. Kearney and IMP3rove – European Innovation Management Academy for their support of this year's report. Likewise, we thank our prominent Advisory Board, which has been enriched by two new members this year: Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and Pedro Wongtschowski, Member of the Board of Directors of Ultrapar Participações S.A. and of Embraer S.A.; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Enterprise for Research and Innovation (EMBRAPII) and of the Brazilian Association of Innovative Companies (ANPEI).
We hope that the collective efforts of innovation actors using the GII will continue to pave the way for better innovation policies around the world.

Soumitra Dutta | Dean, College of Business, Cornell University
Francis Gurry | Director General, WIPO
Bruno Lanvin | Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Global Innovation Index 2016: Winning with Global Innovation
Chapter 2: A Bigger Bang for the Buck: Trends, Causes, and Implications of the Globalization of Science and Technology
Chapter 3: Technology-Driven Foreign Direct Investment within the Global South
Chapter 4: Innovating Together? The Age of Innovation Diplomacy
Chapter 5: Local Needs, Global Challenges: The Meaning of Demand-Side Policies for Innovation and Development
Chapter 6: Becoming a Global Player by Creating a New Market Category: The Case of AMOREPACIFIC
Chapter 7: Radical Innovation Is Collaborative, Disruptive, and Sustainable
Chapter 8: The Management of Global Innovation: Business Expectations for 2020
Chapter 9: Global Corporate R&D to and from Emerging Economies
Chapter 10: From Research to Innovation to Enterprise: The Case of Singapore
Chapter 11: National Innovation Systems Contributing to Global Innovation: The Case of Australia
Chapter 12: Leveraging Talent Globally to Scale Indian Innovation
Chapter 13: How to Design a National Innovation System in a Time of Global Innovation Networks: A Russian Perspective

Friday, August 12, 2016

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