Think pieces


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.

Transition-proofing welfare states – how should the EU go about it?

How can we achieve a socially just green transition? According to Sebastiano Sabato of the European Social Observatory (OSE), the key is strong and comprehensive welfare policies. He connects the publication of the European Green Deal to an emerging EU framework comprised of legislation, funding, and guidelines.

Public support for eco-social policies, the Swedish case

Eco-social policies should be reframed as feasible alternatives rather than progressive ideas. This think piece by Jamil Khan, Kajsa Emilsson and Martin Fritz analyses public support for five eco-social policies in Sweden.