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SPRU doctoral researcher wins Geneva Disarmament Platform essay competition

Mr Alexander Ghionis, a doctoral researcher with the Harvard Sussex Program at SPRU, was the winning entrant in the Geneva Disarmament Platform’s first Disarmament Essay Contest for his essay ‘Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Studies in International Disarmament Efforts’.

Mr Ghionis’ paper contends that Science, Technology, and Innovation policy studies (STIPs) is an enabling set of frameworks for strengthening international disarmament efforts by encouraging them to be more effective, collaborative and creative.

As well as receiving 2000 CHF in prize money, Mr Ghionis was invited to participate in a workshop with young professionals from six geographically representative Geneva-based permanent delegations. The workshop ‘Generating fresh ideas for global disarmament efforts’ took place in Geneva on 14 November and was a chance to introduce fresh ideas and new approaches to disarmament thinking.

During the workshop Mr Ghionis presented the key points from his essay and provided some practical examples and recommendations. He discussed how STIPs can practically support disarmament efforts and organisations in a myriad of ways, namely: policy advocacy and lobbying; stakeholder engagement; strategy and narrative development; and senior advisory roles. He also took part in the roundtable discussions exploring the main challenges facing disarmament and arms control today, possible ways to overcome these challenges, and potential avenues for further collaboration among sectors and actors.

Further information

The Geneva Disarmament Platform (GDP) is an independent, non-profit association providing a neutral and dynamic forum in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of disarmament. The Disarmament Essay Contest aims to encourage innovative thinking and ideas from students in fields other than those traditionally associated with disarmament and to explore how these fields can support the implementation, monitoring and verification of disarmament treaties and obligations, and provide insights into future threats.

The Disarmament Essay Contest was open to undergraduate and graduate students of natural sciences, engineering, computer science/information technology, and economics. Read more about the Contest here.

Read Mr Ghionis’ winning essay.