SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

SPRU Africa

For 50 years SPRU has been involved in various science, technology and innovation policy projects, activities, capacity-building and research collaborations across Africa.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016, SPRU embarked on a new and exciting phase of deepening its links and relationships with countries, organisations, institutions and individuals in Africa. Full details are provided in the 'Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change - AFRICA' leaflet. 

Research

The SPRU-Africa team is involved in the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC), a global partnership aiming to transform innovation policies. In May 2018, the TIPC officially launched a Five Year Programme.  SPRU’s co-founding members are Colombia, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and Finland. Mexico has recently joined the consortium, while China and Panama are associate members.

SPRU organised a two-day workshop for countries aspiring to join TIPC. The workshop, convened in partnership with the Ghanaian STI Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), took place in April 2018 at Accra. Participants include policymakers, researchers, innovation practitioners, and civil society actors from Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Similar events being planned to take place in the future, will involve more African countries

SGCI Policy Brief CoverPolicy

Read the latest policy brief 'How does the political economy influence the evolution of science funding in sub-Saharan Africa?' by Professor Joanna Chataway.

Engagement

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016, SPRU embarked upon a new and exciting phase of deepening its links and relationships with countries, organisations, institutions and individuals in Africa. Full details of the initiative is provided in the 'Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change - AFRICA' leaflet.

As part of these efforts, the SPRU-Africa Engagement Week and Conference took place from in May 2016, culminating in a conference on “Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Transformative Change” held in South Africa, in partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST). Innovation is seen as a key factor in giving African countries an opportunity to develop to their full potential and to conquer the challenges they face. China Central Television Africa made this  video report on the conference.

To find out more about the conference please see: Overview of Africa Engagement Week

Profiles

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Science, politics and decision-making

Dr Chux Daniels 

Dr Daniels is currently involved in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 10-year Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024). 

Rob ByrneLow carbon development 

Dr Rob Byrne

Research into Solar Home Systems (SHSs) in Kenya has been used to provide key policy insights on the transfer and uptake of low carbon energy, and other climate technologies, in Least Developed Countries. Dr Byrne has worked with the African Development Bank on its green growth strategy. 

Lucy BakerDr Lucy Baker

Dr Baker has worked on South Africa’s energy transition since 2009.  

Blanche TingEnergy policy

Marie Blanche Ting

Blanche Ting is completing her PhD, with a topic on South Africa’s energy transition. Her case studies involves, coal, gas and renewable energy for the power sector.  Blanche had previously worked in the South African government on Science and Technology, with special focus on industrial bio-economy.  More, recently she completed a short stint at UNCTAD, contributing to the Flagship Technology Innovation Report (TIR) on how society can adapt and harness the potential of rapid technological change.  

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