Think pieces


Rethink science communication for the post-pandemic era

The pandemic highlighted distrust and misinformation in science communication, but are we diagnosing and tackling the problem correctly? Niels G. Mede discusses the central narratives for legitimacy and weaknesses in his think piece.

Digital Public Infrastructure – lessons from India

India has successfully developed a model for foundational Digital Public Infrastructure. What will it take to replicate India's success on a global level? Experts Sharad Sharma and Samir Saran discuss how DPI serves as a public infrastructure, how the layers work together, and what the future of DPI will require.

Expert workstreams

The UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab curates a limited number of expert workstreams. These bring to the forefront analysis by leading thinkers from across countries. Follow our experts as they push the frontiers of policy thinking and debate hands-on solutions to the big challenges of today. 

Data solidarity: why sharing is not always caring 

Data governance needs to stop being considered a first world problem, says Barbara Prainsack of the University of Vienna. In fact, this lies at the core of global problems, capable of alleviating or exacerbating inequalities. However, data solidarity can help to distribute the risks and benefits of digital practices more equitably. But how?

What makes science trustworthy? A guide for the public

The trustworthiness of science should not require scientific expertise to assess. Expert Heather Douglas of Michigan State University argues in this think piece that trustworthiness should be based on the presence of expertise, good expert community functioning, and shared values.

Building "forward" instead of rebuilding "back" better

COVID-19 shed light on inequalities while contributing to tighter budgets and increased demand on policymakers to deliver more "value". In this think piece, Mehdi Shiva discusses moving forward to deliver innovative systematic changes by placing sustainability, health and wellbeing at the centre stage of global policymaking.

From talk to walk – what we need to build eco-social welfare

Can we address environmental destruction and inequality together? Mary Murphy says it's a matter of creating an eco-social welfare system with the three conjoined policy solutions discussed in this think piece.