The paper was published in 2022 by Andrei Polejack (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; World Maritime Univeristy), Jenice Goveas (Indian Institute of Science (IISc)), Sam Robinson (University of Southampton), Tim Flink (Berlin Institute of Health – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Gabriela Ferreira (Universidade de São Paulo).

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Despite the mainstreaming of trendy terms such as ‘inclusivity, diversity and Global South’, there still exists an unfortunate under-representation of the Global South in science diplomacy practices. ‘Diversity’ and ‘inclusivity’ often become decorative jargon, while attempts to leverage equity and to balance the world’s scientific capabilities fall short in everyday practices, particularly in multilateral arrangements. These practices, we advocate, seem to reflect a colonial value system grounded in a coloniality of science, and whoever challenges the current status quo faces the consequences of being misinterpreted. These practices are detrimental not only to the progress of science diplomacy as a field of research, but also have negative repercussions for the larger scientific community. Time is ripe to recognize our own privileges and promote a change in the negative practices that plague science diplomacy.




Polejack, Andrei and Goveas, Jenice and Robinson, Sam and Flink, Tim and Ferreira, Gabriela, Where is the Global South in the Science Diplomacy Narrative? (November 16, 2022). Available at SSRN: or
Where is the Global South in the Science Diplomacy Narrative?