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If data are the ‘new oil,’ how can their value be shared fairly?

Some reflections on the EC High Level Expert Group Report on the impact of digital transformation on labour markets Professor Maria SavonaScience Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex Digital transformations are creating great opportunities but also challenges for modern

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Posted in Equality and Diversity, Technology and Innovation, Uncategorized

Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again

The RAC’s Be Phone Smart campaign reported that drivers using phones caused 2263 crashes between 2013 and 2017. However, most such campaigns focus on hand-held mobile phone use rather than hands-free. Research carried out by Dr Graham J. Hole (University

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Posted in Society and Education, Technology and Innovation

Evaluating public policies in Africa

In 2014, the African Union adopted the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024). The first 10-year part of the Union’s longer-term Agenda 2063, 2019 marks the strategy’s halfway point, and an opportune time to take stock and

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How does the political economy influence the evolution of science funding in sub-Saharan Africa?

Despite increasing understanding that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is important for achieving economic growth and reaching development goals, STI in sub-Saharan Africa still suffers from research policy, management and funding challenges. A new policy brief, based on research led

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Posted in Technology and Innovation

Improving the effectiveness of the UK’s medical innovation ecosystem

In light of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy’s ambitious goals, Dr Michael Hopkins (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit) sets out to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s medical innovation ecosystem in a new policy brief. Drawing on

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An infrastructure evolution – The NIA: A transformative opportunity for UK infrastructure

By Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, Research Fellow at SPRU (University of Sussex) A new policy brief discussing the transformative potential of the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) has been published by the SPRU Infrastructure team. The key message of the policy brief is

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Posted in Technology and Innovation