S4D4C’s State-of-the-Art Report on Science Diplomacy

14. Aug 2018

S4D4C's first report on the state-of-the-art in Science Diplomacy is out!

One of the goals of the early project work in S4D4C is to provide the conceptual grounds for the subsequent analyses of science diplomacy cases and governance. As one element of this, DZHW colleagues Charlotte Rungius and Tim Flink, supported by Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez at ZSI, prepared a State-of-the-Art Report on science diplomacy that can now be made available.

The report provides an overview of the most relevant conceptions of science diplomacy. It looks at definitions in the global science diplomacy discourse as well as at practices subsumed under the label. Going a long way beyond a comparative summary, however, the report also provides an intellectual perspective that is in itself novel and refreshing.

The Report takes a discourse analytical perspective on the interpretative patterns constituting science diplomacy as a promising foreign policy instrument. It reflects on the concept’s twofold use as an analytical and a political term. It also argues that the concept reflects new formations in political and academic practices that do not fit into conventional distinctions of separate fields. It furthermore highlights that science diplomacy is typically defined by reference to its purposes, not practices, actors or institutions. The report also adds value by discussing the framing of the science diplomacy concept at the EU level.

Apart from supporting S4D4C colleagues’ work on the cases and governance of EU science diplomacy, the project's team hopes the report is relevant for a wider audience of scholars and practitioners. Please contact S4D4C in case you have any questions.

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