In the course of the S4D4C project, a range of nine science diplomacy cases were investigated.
A mixed team of researchers have developed nine case studies, which each provide an overview of the case and its background, context and governance arrangements, further providing a description of the stakeholder landscape and a discussion of governance practices. They look at the EU level as well as selected examples from the national level that vary case to case. The case studies examine the use of knowledge, the relations between governance levels and provide a discussion on how the case improves or changes our understanding of science diplomacy. They were edited by Mitchell Young (Charles University), Tim Flink (DZHW) and Elke Dall (ZSI).
These case studies are at the empirical heart of S4D4C, informing many other parts of the project such as the work on a governance framework and training materials for science diplomats.
Here you can access the volume of compiled results of the nine case studies “Science Diplomacy in the Making: Case-based insights from the S4D4C project“. You can also find below brief summaries of the cases in the form of posters as well as the respective case reports.
The case studies were the basis of a further publication “The ‘Matters’ of Science Diplomacy: Transversal Analysis of the S4D4C Case Studies”. The transversal analysis identifies insights to foster and advance the understanding and the practice of science diplomacy. Each matter addresses a piece from the larger picture; together they form a mosaic depicting the complex and wide-ranging concept of science diplomacy. The 10 ‘matters’ are the result of the collaborative work between 11 S4D4C team members, coordinated by Mitchell Young, S4D4C lead for empirical work.
The analysis is available here S4D4C_REPORTS_The-Matters-of-Science-Diplomacy_Sept2020
S4D4C Case Studies
Cases with a foreign policy focus
1. Science diplomacy and infectious diseases: Between national and European narratives
Ivo Šlosarčík/ Charles University,
Nadia Meyer/ German Aerospace Center,
Jennifer Chubb/ University of Sheffield
The Zika epidemics in 2015 and 2016 provided a platform for further elaboration of science diplomacy used by the EU institutions and EU Member States. The response was characterised by an interplay between the political, diplomatic, medical and scientific communities performed within national, European, and global frameworks.
2. Water diplomacy and its future in the national, regional and European environments
Eliška Tomalová/ Charles University,
Eliška Černovská/ Charles University,
Ewert Aukes/ University of Twente,
Jasper Montana/ University of Sheffield
Elke Dall/ Centre for Social Innovation
Water diplomacy represents a challenge for bringing the worlds of diplomacy and science closer together; it has the potential to shape the diplomatic environment as well as to create new interfaces, techniques, and team strategies in science and foreign policy
3. Cyber security: Mapping the role of science diplomacy in the cyber field
Lucie Kadlecová/ Charles University,
Nadia Meyer/ German Aerospace Centre,
Rafaël Cos/ University of Lille,
Pauline Ravinet/ University of Lille
Cyber security has entered the agenda of the international community and has quickly been transformed from a purely technical topic to an issue of diplomacy. The term ‘cyber diplomacy’ has come into global use, and countries are keenly deploying their own ‘cyber diplomats’.
Science driven cases
4. The science and diplomacy of global challenges: Food security in EU-Africa relations
Rafaël Cos/ University of Lille,
Pauline Ravinet/ University of Lille,
Mitchell Young/ Charles University
Over the past 20 years, a set of institutions, concerns, competencies, partnerships, and programmes have shaped the features of EU-African Union food security diplomacy. To what extent has science played a role in deploying this food security diplomacy?
5. International dimensions of the EU’s FET Flagships: Large-scale strategic research investments as a site of de-facto science diplomacy
Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez/ formerly Centre for Social Innovation,
now S4D4C Advisory Board member,
A study of Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Flagship initiatives as potential mechanisms of EU science diplomacy reveals that their governance models and design as research policy instruments have sectoral foreign policy dynamics.
Following the call for ‘open science, open innovation, and open to the world’ by the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas in 2015, we look for applications and implications of open science in science diplomacy.
European instrument driven cases
SESAME is a synchrotron light source user’s facility in the Middle East. The international research centre was initiated with the explicit intention to foster scientific cooperation among a number of countries that share a history of conflict.
Joint international research programming is a common but underrated case of science diplomacy. It engages funding agencies as intermediary organisations that are compelled to operate at the intersection of science policy and international affairs.
In thinking about science diplomacy, it is important to not only acknowledge the formal structures for science diplomacy, but also to consider the ways in which internal capacities for science diplomacy might already be buildt into diplomatic systems.