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dc.contributor.authorAnadon, Laura Diazen
dc.contributor.authorChan, Gabrielen
dc.contributor.authorHarley, Alicia Gen
dc.contributor.authorMatus, Kiraen
dc.contributor.authorMoon, Suerieen
dc.contributor.authorMurthy, Sharmila Len
dc.contributor.authorClark, William Cen
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-20T12:02:41Z
dc.date.available2018-09-20T12:02:41Z
dc.date.issued2016-08-30en
dc.identifier.issn0027-8424
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/280421
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents insights and action proposals to better harness technological innovation for sustainable development. We begin with three key insights from scholarship and practice. First, technological innovation processes do not follow a set sequence but rather emerge from complex adaptive systems involving many actors and institutions operating simultaneously from local to global scales. Barriers arise at all stages of innovation, from the invention of a technology through its selection, production, adaptation, adoption, and retirement. Second, learning from past efforts to mobilize innovation for sustainable development can be greatly improved through structured cross-sectoral comparisons that recognize the socio-technical nature of innovation systems. Third, current institutions (rules, norms, and incentives) shaping technological innovation are often not aligned toward the goals of sustainable development because impoverished, marginalized, and unborn populations too often lack the economic and political power to shape innovation systems to meet their needs. However, these institutions can be reformed, and many actors have the power to do so through research, advocacy, training, convening, policymaking, and financing. We conclude with three practice-oriented recommendations to further realize the potential of innovation for sustainable development: (i) channels for regularized learning across domains of practice should be established; (ii) measures that systematically take into account the interests of underserved populations throughout the innovation process should be developed; and (iii) institutions should be reformed to reorient innovation systems toward sustainable development and ensure that all innovation stages and scales are considered at the outset.
dc.languageengen
dc.titleMaking technological innovation work for sustainable development.en
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier35en
prism.publicationDate2016en
prism.publicationNameProc Natl Acad Sci U S Aen
prism.volume113en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.27792
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-07-13en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1073/pnas.1525004113en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-08-30en
dc.contributor.orcidChan, Gabriel [0000-0001-9382-919X]
dc.contributor.orcidClark, William C [0000-0001-8994-5251]
dc.identifier.eissn1091-6490
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-08-12


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