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UNESCO Chair in Science Communication for the Public Good

The aim of this UNESCO Chair is to connect, integrate and exchange knowledge about nature, equity and prosperity in meaningful and transformative ways.

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Sujatha Raman, Ph.D
Chair Holder
Abigail Hils
Senior Administrative Officer

About

Science today offers us two radically different narratives about our future.

  • The crisis narrative invokes an impending or already unfolding planetary upheaval and a future marked by massive social dislocation and environmental breakdown.
  • The breakthrough narrative promises a future in which technological innovation will have averted planetary collapse and secured human dominion over nature.

This UNESCO Chair responds to the urgent need for meaningful dialogue on these imagined futures being communicated by science and the different visions of transformation they have sparked. Our program of research, training and knowledge exchange explores how knowledge (both formal and informal) about the state of the environment, social relations and techno-economic systems come together in these narratives.

The crisis narrative has stimulated much work on ways of transforming social and economic systems to accommodate planetary limits.

The breakthrough narrative by contrast signals hopes for transforming nature and restoring the planet without the need for major social or economic change.

But how do different people in the academy, civil society, government, business, the media, the professions or in everyday life make sense of these narratives, bring evidence to bear on their assessments and envision implications for the future?

We aim to work with culturally embedded concepts of public or common good to convene conversations on these issues in the face of diverse forms of knowledge, experience and values. 

Our / The Vision

UNESCO Chairs serve as prime vehicles for building higher institutions' capacity in specific areas of scholarship through exchange, collaboration, knowledge transfer and sharing in the spirit of international solidarity.

Working in the Asia-Pacific region and connecting with partners elsewhere in the world, this Chair contributes to UNESCO’s work in fostering inclusive ways of bringing science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) to bear on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Publications

Communication kit

Members

Chair Holder

Dr Sujatha Raman

Director of Research
UNESCO Chair Holder

Collaborator

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Senior Administration Officer
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Deputy Director
Graduate Programs Convenor

Researcher

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Research Fellow

Christer de Silva

PhD Researcher

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UNESCO convened a 30th anniversary celebration of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme at its headquarters in Paris from 3-4 November 2022.

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