Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Global Systems Perspective

April 24–25, 2014

This conference is closed to the public.

The goal of the conference is to advance understanding of the global innovation system that is emerging to address sustainable development goals: improving intergenerational well-being of the world’s people, while conserving the earth’s life support systems.

Sustainable development has been articulated as a shared global objective, and the problems that must be addressed to realize sustainable development are increasingly cross-border in nature. Key examples include global climate change, the transfer of pathogens, toxic substances, unhealthy lifestyles across borders, and volatility in global food commodity markets. Achieving the goals of sustainable development will of course require political leadership, but also needed is a significant and sustained increase in relevant technological innovation.

Related Publications

Harley, Alicia, Sharmila Murthy, Laura Diaz Anadon, Gabriel Chan, Kira Matus, Suerie Moon, Vanessa Timmer, and William C. Clark. 2014. Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Global Systems Perspective. Report of a Workshop conducted at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, April 24, 2014. Sustainability Science Program Working Paper 2014-02. Sustainability Science Program and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


William C. Clark

Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate. Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-Principal Investigators

Laura Diaz Anadon

Director, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group; Associate Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Kira Matus

Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Management, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Suerie Moon

Research Director; Co-Chair, Forum on Global Governance for Health; Harvard Global Health Institute Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health.

See also: Conferences, 2014