UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Innovation road-mapping for the Sustainable Development Goals

2 October 2017

IIPP and Sustainable Development Solutions Network held a seminar at University College London with key experts to explore the role of innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

IIPP ESIR 2 October 2017 Jeff Sachs Mariana Mazzucato Dick Nelson

The Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have formed a collaboration around innovation and technology road-mapping for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a first joint event, IIPP and SDSN held a scoping seminar organised at University College London on October 2nd 2017. The seminar brought together key experts from across the globe to explore the way in which the mission-oriented approach to innovation, a key work stream in IIPP, can be used to develop a framework for developing technology roadmaps for SDGs in a few priority areas - including health and renewable energy.  

The seminar was structured around five sessions:

Session I

An overview of the innovation and technology challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, SDSN & UCL IIPP

Mission-oriented innovation framework
Mariana Mazzucato, UCL IIPP & SDSN

Technology Roadmaps and innovation platforms: UK case study
Dan Hodges, Innovate UK

Session II

Interactions of market and non-market institutions to foster the development of technologies for SDGs
Richard Nelson, Columbia University

The transition to sustainability: Role of (innovation) policy in promoting structural change
Jan Fagerberg, University of Oslo

Discussion, Luc Soete, Maastricht University

Session III

Agriculture and food
Erik Millstone, University of Sussex

Health innovation
Sonia Sachs, SDSN  

Session IV

Sustainable cities
Dan Hill, UCL IIPP, Arup

Space missions and SDGs
Douglas K R Robinson, UCL, IPP and CNRS, LISIS, France

Session V

Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and SDGs
Mike Batty, UCL Casa

Digital Governance and SDGs
Rainer Kattel, UCL IIPP

Low-Carbon Economy
Jim Watson, UK Energy Research Center
Will McDowall, UCL Energy Institute

Managing IPR and SDGs
Andrea Laplane, UCL IIPP