Hot topics

1. Innovating to link production and conservation: how to feed the world population and protect the planet at the same time?
What new production systems can be promoted to ensure sustainable agriculture in different regional contexts? Can agroecology and natural resource management systems reconcile production and conservation? What can be the contribution of new techniques such as green biotechnologies, genetics, and varietal selection? What arrangements, policies and integrative actions between social and economic organizations can favour the link between conservation and production? Do we need a new paradigm to orient our agricultural systems?
2. Questioning social equity: how can innovation reduce the fragility of poor populations and make them members of a sustainable society?
How can innovations help fight regional and social exclusion (social responsibility, resource sharing, access to land and credit, new exchanges, and rural policies)? How can public policies, regulatory frameworks and international agreements affect social justice in the creation and diffusion of innovation? How can sustainable innovation systems (in production, finance, and markets) be promoted for pro-poor development? How can innovation systems be made ‘culturally sustainable’, i.e. respect and enhance cultural identities? How is it possible to measure the social inequity generated by innovation?
3. Learning and being creative: how can different types of knowledge be combined to create innovation?
Given the need to alleviate poverty, hunger, malnutrition and to mitigate climate change, what can be the role of local and community-based knowledge in the construction of sustainable development? How to create innovation by involving different actors, distributed knowledge and competences? How to encourage dialogue and knowledge production among different frameworks and cultures (ICTs, information systems, training, participative projects, etc.)? Does the Knowledge Society paradigm leave room for acknowledgement of local knowledge?
4. Acting collectively: what kinds of institutions, policies, and forms of governance can strengthen society’s capacity for resilience?
How can governance of innovation systems change to take sustainable development into account? What are the roles of consumers, standards and certification? How can we improve multi-actor innovation processes that include public and private stakeholders, and citizens, including farmers and women, at a territorial level? What policies could better enhance sustainable development?
5. Renewing research models and practices: how can research better fulfil its responsibilities to elaborate innovating solutions in collaboration with society?
In what ways does innovation for sustainable development require specific research positions and approaches (participatory approaches, involvement of stakeholders, interdisciplinarity)? How should research practices and organisations change to enable them to produce innovations for sustainable development and to evaluate them? What new forms of acknowledgement (legal, institutional) will encourage research, especially in Southern countries? What type of partnerships should be developed to encourage new forms of research cooperation between countries?
Go to Call for Papers
Abstracts will be selected according to their relevance to one or more of the five hot topics.