RESISTProject reference: 29052
Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS
Researching Inequality through Science and Technology
Total cost:EUR 1 772 800
EU contribution:EUR 1 300 000
Coordinated in:United Kingdom
Topic(s):CITIZENS-2004-2.2.2 - Inequalities in society and their consequences
CITIZENS - Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society
Call for proposal:FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Recent research has established that S&T do not merely cause or alleviate inequality, but are more profoundly implicated in social relations of distribution and access. The most pervasive and obdurate sources of social distribution are enshrined and entrenched in S&T systems.
This Project's objective is to understand processes that contribute to the increase in inequalities through the role of S&T, but also to understand processes that contribute to mitigate inequalities through S&T. The enhanced role of S&T in the global knowledge economy gives such understanding urgency. ResIST will:
Analyze how global policy contexts for key S&T processes affect the distribution and redistribution of knowledge resources, and the scope for alternative framings (WP 1);
Identify the features of effective policies and programmes to build S&T human capital and institutional capacity in disadvantaged populations and places (WP 2);
Critically assess new initiatives to construct S&T priorities reflecting the needs of the disadvantaged, and review current constraints and future opportunities for their full realization (WP 3A);
Map structures of accountability in the distribution of technological risks, and propose effective accountability channels to protect the poor from such risks (WP 3B);
Model the impact of new research-based technologies on the poor through dynamics such as employment, lowering costs, and impact on public services (WP 4).
In a horizontal activity, involve policymaker and practitioner stakeholders in three representative world regions in Europe, in Southern Africa and in the Caribbean and Latin America in the process of developing and implementing options identified in the Project. In particular use the insights developed in 1-5 to test with stakeholders the opportunity to develop tools to assess S&T policy options to achieve wider social inclusiveness for developed and developing countries and the possible distributional impacts of research programmes.
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