SITE4Society Events are conversations between people who are changing the world and academics who are doing research about change.

As researchers, we usually draw inspiration from secondary sources of information on what is happening in the world and the existing scientific literature. This could be because we do not often get an opportunity to interact with non-academics or be part of the process of societal change outside of the academic context. To address this missed opportunity, the objective of the SITE4Society events series is to initiate dialogue between students, researchers and other community stakeholders of the local and global innovation eco-systems.

Corporate and NGO representatives, entrepreneurs, policy makers and other types of practitioners are invited to answer a set of designed questions. These are questions that we academics are actually trying to provide answers to in the economics of innovation and development. Having practitioners give their answers based on their experiences provides a ‘live learning’ session for students and scholars alike. These sessions form a rich source of data and insight that are not likely to be found in scientific articles and books, which usually focus on large or famous organizations.

Learn more about our past events!

A deep dive in the silos of sanitation – to break them down worldwide! (10th SITE4Society event – Part II)

The Sustainable Development Goals Report (2020) notes that we are far from being an open-defecation free world. Since 2015, around 500 million low-cost toilets have been diffused, but still about 2 billion people do not have access to a functioning toilet and about 4.2 billion people 
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Al fresco action – our bid to rid the world of open defecation (10th SITE4Society Event – Part I)

As many as 2 billion people worldwide do not have access to functioning toilets, and more than 4 billion use toilets that may be contaminating water sources, according to the latest Sustainable Development Goals Report (2020). This matters because sanitation feeds into almost every ot
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Leave no waste behind: Exploring bottom-up initiatives in Ghana (8th SITE4Society event)

Waste management is a massive problem for many of the world’s fastest growing economies, as sacrifices are made on the altar of ever-expanding consumption. Ghana, a country in West Africa, is no different. In 2012, a World Bank report said that as many as 19,000 Ghanaians were dying p
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‘Squaring up for a Circular Economy’ – at the 2019 Global Festival of Action (6th SITE4Society event)

Have you ever heard about the Butterfly Effect? This term was first coined by Edward Lorenz, the father of chaos theory. He used a metaphorical example of a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan and causing a typhoon in the USA to explain the scientific theory that a single occurrence
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Value4waste: Meeting our ‘Circular Economy’ champions (5th SITE4Society event)

“Europe isn’t rich in natural resources, but we are very rich in human resources, and the circular economy can draw on those and export the technologies they spawn to the rest of the world,” said Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, ann
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How to pin down and spin the ‘Circular Economy’ — before it’s too late? (3rd SITE4Society Event)

A joint post by Prof. Shyama V. Ramani and Maria Tomai The many varied possibilities of the ‘Circular Economy’ are starting to enter the public consciousness. But what is it exactly? “Looking beyond the current ‘take, make and dispose’ extractive industrial model, the circular economy
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Breaking silos, nudging communities: The SITE4Society adventure (2nd SITE4Society Event)

Governments worldwide have pledged to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. But given the scale of the task, not even national governments can manage alone. This has sparked a new phenomenon: whereby non-governmental players – from start-ups to social enterprises t
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