RIS3CAT 2021-2027 and transformative innovation policy – Tatiana Fernández and Alberto Pezzi
Promoting sustainable and inclusive development pathways to overcome the COVID 19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis poses key questions as to what lessons will be learnt and, above all, what will need to change in order to promote sustainable and inclusive development pathways aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The latter is a relevant question when it comes to developing the Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia 2021-2027 (hereafter, RIS3CAT 2021-2027). RIS3CAT 2021-2027 is a transformative research and innovation agenda, co-financed by European funds, the main objective of which is to mobilise the efforts of the Catalan research and innovation ecosystem to respond to the major social and environmental challenges that face the region. Meeting these challenges, which are set out in the 2030 Agenda, requires in-depth discussions about transformations at three levels: the economic system, social relations and the relationship between people and the natural environment.Llegeix més »

The challenge of articulating shared agendas for sustainability and social change – Tatiana Fernández Sirera

In recent years, a broad consensus has been reached on the urgent need to provide effective responses to problems such as climate change, pollution, waste of resources, persistent unemployment and so on. These problems are the direct result of our model of economic and social development. To respond to these problems and to advance towards the sustainable development goals, it is essential to answer such questions as the following: how can we produce food and support rural communities without damaging the environment? How can we ensure a fair transition without leaving any group or community behind? How can we redirect private and public resources currently devoted to activities that cause environmental degradation and climate change towards activities that promote sustainability?Llegeix més »