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Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals. Insights from Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Energy

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Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals. Insights from Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Energy. Eds. Ademola A. Adenle, Marian R. Chertow, Ellen H. M. Moors, and David J. Pannell. Oxford University Press, October 2020.


  • Key reference work for applying science, technology, and innovation (STI) solutions and policies towards national and international sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Highlights findings across the natural and social sciences from leading researchers representing over 40 institutions and more than 30 developed and developing countries around the world
  • Offers specific guidelines for implementing STI practices towards meeting SDGs across environmental, health, and agricultural sectors through ample case studies and examples
  • Provides answers for how to integrate various stakeholder views on STI solutions that support accountability and transparency in decision-making in developing countries

After the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to "end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all," researchers and policy makers highlighted the importance of targeted investment in science, technology, and innovation (STI) to make tangible progress. Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals showcases the roles that STI solutions can play in meeting on-the-ground socio-economic and environmental challenges among domestic and international organizations concerned with the SDGs in three overlapping areas: agriculture, health, and environment/energy.

Authors and researchers from 31 countries tackle both big-picture questions, such as scaling up the adoption and diffusion of new sustainable technologies, and specific, localized case studies, focusing on developing and middle-income countries and specific STI solutions and policies. Issues addressed include renewable energy, automated vehicles, vaccines, digital health, agricultural biotechnology, and precision agriculture. In bringing together diverse voices from both policy and academic spheres, this volume provides practical and relevant insights and advice to support policy makers and managers seeking to enhance the roles of STI in sustainable development.


Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Olusegun Obasanjo
  • Foreword by Mahmoud Mohieldin
  • About the Editors
  • List of Contributors


  • 1. What Can Science, Technology, and Innovation Offer in the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals? | Ademola A. Adenle, Marian R. Chertow, Ellen H.M. Moors, and David J. Pannell


  • 2. Learning to Innovate: The Global Institutions for Biodiversity Innovation in the Sustainable Development Goals | Casey Stevens
  • 3. Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development Goal | Govinda Timilsina and Kalim U. Shah
  • 4. Linking Solar Energy Systems to Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Recent Findings from Kenya and South Africa | Ademola A. Adenle
  • 5. Comparing Renewable Energy Micro- Grids in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Laos: A Technological Innovation Systems Approach | Tobias S. Schmidt, Nicola U. Blum, and Catharina R. Bening
  • 6. Fostering Sustainable Development Goals Through an Integrated Approach: Phasing in Green Energy Technologies in India and China | René Kemp, Babette Never, and Serdar Türkeli
  • 7. Financing Environmental Science and Technological Innovation to Meet Sustainable Development Goals in Brazil | Mariana Machado and Carlos Eduardo F. Young
  • 8. The Systems Science of Industrial Ecology: Tools and Strategies Toward Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals | Marian R. Chertow, Koichi S. Kanaoka, T. Reed Miller, Peter Berrill, Paul Wolfram, Niko Heeren, and Tomer Fishman
  • 9. Automated Vehicles and Sustainable Cities: A Realistic Outlook to 2030 | Rui Wang and Christopher Oster
  • 10. The Role of Technology and Rebound Effects in the Success of the Sustainable Development Goals Framework | David Font Vivanco and Tamar Makov


  • 11. Vaccine Innovation and Global Sustainability: Governance Challenges for Sustainable Development Goals | Cristina Possas, Reinaldo M. Martins, and Akira Homma
  • 12. The Role of Development- Focused Health Technology Assessment in Optimizing Science, Technology, and Innovation to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 | Janet Bouttell, Eleanor Grieve, and Neil Hawkins
  • 13. Anti- Malarial Drug Development and Diffusion in an Era of Multidrug Resistance: How Can an Integrated Health Framework Contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3? | Freek de Haan and Ellen H.M. Moors 
  • 14. Digital Health: How Can It Facilitate Progress on Meeting Sustainable Development Goals in China? | Simon K. Poon, Yiren Liu, Ruihua Guo, and Mu Li
  • 15. Responsive and Responsible Science, Technology, and Innovation for Global Health | Nora Engel, Agnes Meershoek, and Anja Krumeich
  • 16. A Systemic Perspective on the Global Sanitation Challenge: Insights from Sociotechnical Dynamics in Nairobi's Informal Settlements | Mara J. van Welie and Bernhard Truffer
  • 17. The Role of Animal- Source Foods in Sustainable, Ethical, and Optimal Human Diets | Julia de Bruyn, Brigitte Bagnol, Hilary H. Chan, Delia Grace, Marisa E. V. Mitchell, Michael J. Nunn, Kate Wingett, Johanna T. Wong, and Robyn G. Alders


  • 18. Optimal Nitrogen Management for Meeting Sustainable Development Goal 2 | Kshama Harpankar
  • 19. Adoption of Integrated Crop Management Technology for Poverty Reduction and Food Security: The Case of Smallholder Rice Production in Timor Leste | Maria Fay Rola- Rubzen, Renato Villano, Marcolino Estevão Fernandes E. Brito, J. Brian Hardaker, and John Dixon
  • 20. Two Decades of GMOs: How Modern Agricultural Biotechnology Can Help Meet Sustainable Development Goals | Ademola A. Adenle, Hans De Steur, Kathleen Hefferon, and Justus Wesseler
  • 21. Farmer-Prioritized Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies: Implications for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in East Africa | Caroline Mwongera, Chris M. Mwungu, Mercy Lungaho, and Steve Twomlow
  • 22. Toward Sustainable Agri- Food Systems in Brazil: The Soybean Production Complex as a Case Study | Cecilia G. Flocco
  • 23. Transformation Governance for Sustainable Development: Making Science, Technology, and Innovation Work for Small- Scale Fisheries | Karin Wedig
  • 24. Value Network Analysis for (Re)Organizing Business Models Toward the Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of the Agricultural Commodity Exchange in Malawi | Domenico Dentoni, Laurens Klerkx, and Felix Krussmann
  • 25. Making Scale Work for Sustainable Development: A Framework for Responsible Scaling of Agricultural Innovations | Seerp Wigboldus, Laurens Klerkx, and Cees Leeuwis


  • 26. Conclusions and Future Policies for Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals | Ademola A. Adenle, Marian R. Chertow, Ellen H.M. Moors, and David J. Pannell



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