Rethinking the contribution of UNESCO's MOST Programme to the research-policy interface

When :

from Monday 16 March, 2015
to Tuesday 17 March, 2015

Type of event :

Category 6-Expert Committee

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room VIII, 125 avenue de Suffren, Paris, France

Contact :

John Crowley,

An expert group meeting held on 16 and 17 March 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris will examine how developments in the social and human sciences offer new avenues for UNESCO to facilitate linking the research-policy interface to the post-2015 international development agenda. The insights and analysis discussed at this meeting will contribute to refinement of the strategic orientation of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme.

This meeting, organized by the MOST Programme's Secretariat, provides an opportunity to bring together experts, including members of the MOST Scientific Advisory Committee, and the MOST Secretariat to explore ideas, submit research findings, and consider collaborative intergovernmental initiatives aimed at strengthening the non-academic impact of social science research.

Among the thematic issues considered during the event will be

* the significance of ‘interculturality’ for social transformations,
* the new possibilities that foresight creates for knowledge production and capacity development,
* the politics of the research-policy interface,
* the co-evolution of research and policy-making communities,
* the function and role of social science experimentation in policy development,
* the untapped potential of social science networks, and
* the spanning power of systems thinking.

The meeting aims to:

* Provide space for a diverse range of scholars to voice their expert opinions, proposals, analysis and aspirations for the contribution of the social sciences to policymaking tasks aimed at social transformations in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

* Contribute to the definition of specific entry-points or priorities in terms of themes, tools and modalities of action, thereby providing the basis for a focused MOST Programme framework that could contribute to the implementation of selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).