Palgrave Communications: The Past, Present and Future of European Science Diplomacy

Section: Research Policy & Development

Under the S4D4C project, which is coordinated by ZSI, a Call for Papers for science diplomacy-related research has been announced in the online open-access journal Palgrave Communications. In this thematic research article collection, we want to explore how current practices of European science diplomacy came about, historically, how they are changing and what forms they might take in the future.


The collection of articles is available here:


ZSI is part of the editorial panel (Alexander Degelsegger) and the advisory panel (Elke Dall).

The collection builds on recent efforts of conceptualising and framing science diplomacy in a variety of interdisciplinary research projects as well as in policy discourse. Discussions can focus on actor constellations, science-policy interfaces, governance arrangements, historical analyses, national and supranational approaches to science diplomacy, and so on. We particularly welcome contributions from political science (including policy studies and international relations), area studies, as well as the sociology and history of science.
Over the past decade, there has been a marked increase in levels of research and policy interest in the concept of ‘science diplomacy’ — the many ways in which science, technology and innovation interrelate with foreign policy and international relations. Fuelling this interest are societal challenges of increasing complexity and urgency that put pressure on both scientific research and foreign policy, as well as on the traditional intersections of these realms. At the same time, changes in the research landscape and in diplomatic agency in Europe and elsewhere offer opportunities to effectively use science diplomacy as a foreign policy tool.
Articles on the following themes are especially encouraged:
  • Case studies of past, current and future European science diplomacy;
  • The governance of the interface between science and foreign policy;
  • Interrelations between EU and EU Member State science diplomacy;
  • Relation of EU and non-EU science diplomacy;
  • Perception of EU science diplomacy outside the EU.

Papers focusing exclusively on the issue of science advice will be considered for the journal’s related thematic collection on ‘Scientific advice to governments'.

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions will be welcomed at any point up until the end of December 2021. To register interest prospective authors should submit a short article proposal (abstract summary) to the Editorial Office in the first instance.
This collection is co-edited by S4D4C together with our colleagues from other EU Horizon 2020-supported research projects on science diplomacy: InsSciDE and EL-CSID.
Editors: Dr Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez (formerly Centre for Social Innovation, Austria, now GÖG); Professor Pascal Griset (Sorbonne University, France); Professor James Wilsdon (University of Sheffield, UK); Dr Mitchell Young (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Advisory Panel: Elke Dall (Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Austria); Dr Tim Flink (DZHW and Humboldt University, Germany); Dr Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente, Netherlands); Dr Gonzalo Ordoñez-Matamoros (Universidad Externado de Colombia, Colombia); (University of Twente, Netherlands); Dr Pauline Ravinet (University of Lille, France); Dr Luk van Langenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium).

Palgrave Communications, published by Palgrave Macmillan, is a fully open-access, online journal publishing peer-reviewed academic research across the full spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. The journal publishes research Articles, Reviews and short Comments, and features thematic article collections (‘special issues’).

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Authors: Degelsegger-Márquez, A.

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Tags: international cooperation, internationalisation, research and innovation policy, science diplomacy

Category: Online

Publication Date: 2019

Procurement: Online (download)