Global South Webinar Series



Save the date: The last two sessions of the webinar series will take place on November 4th (topic: Informal economy in times of Covid) and on December 2nd (topic: State and public institutions in times of Covid).



The global south thematic group of the STRN network is excited to announce its webinar series on

“Sustainability transitions in the context of Covid-19: Perspectives from the Global South”.

If you are a researcher working in these areas, considering the context of the current Covid-19 crisis, and interested in sharing your thoughts and insights in future webinars, please email transitions.globalsouth@gmail.com or fill out this form to express interest.



Following is an overview of previous webinars:

The first webinar took place on the 3rd of June 2020. It brought a global audience to Prof. Joyashree Roy, (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Jadavpur University, India) Prof. Mark Swilling (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Prof. Adriana Marotti de Mello, (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil)’s discussion on challenges and prospects of sustainability transition in post-pandemic world, offering insights from their regional contexts of South Asia, Africa and Latin America. Over 150 individuals joined the webinar from different parts of the world.

The full recording is available here


The second webinar in the series, held on July 15th, 2020, focused on the topic Impact of and Resulting Inequality from COVID-19 in the Global South. Around 100 participants from around the globe discussed inputs from three panelists, listed below. The full recording is available here.

Impact on human development indicators due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India (Dr Keya Chakraborty, faculty member at the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, India)

Triaging challenges and locking in opportunities for food security in South Africa: Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures (Felix Kwabena Donkor, post-doctoral fellow at the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UNISA), South Africa)

Inequalities and the COVID-19 outbreak: What can we learn from wholesale food markets in Latin America? (Melina A. Galdos-Frixancho, doctoral researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, United Kingdom)


Comparative policy analysis and learning from COVID-19 was the topic of the third webinar, held on August 5th, 2020 with the following presentations. The full recording is available here.   

The Covid Response in Latin America: A Comparative Perspective (Leonardo Rossatto Queiroz, public policy specialist – São Paulo State Finance and Planning Secretariat, Brazil)

Policy decision-making in the Covid-19 mindset: opportunities and risks for sustainability in Latin America (Paulina Terrazas, Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and Ingenio, Mexico and Spain)

The COVID-19 pandemic situation and response in Uganda  (Revocatus Twinomuhangi, senior lecturer & coordinator of Makere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations at Makere University, Uganda, and climate change advisor to the Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Programme, Uganda)


The fourth webinar, held on Sept. 8th, 2020, discussed Changing Social Practices in the Crisis. The full recording is available here.

Open access and flows of knowledge (Dr. Anabel Marin, Research Director at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Public Education in a post COVID-19 World (Prof. Dr. David Walwyn, Professor in the Graduate School of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria)

Informal institution during the time of crisis: a hero or a victim? (Suci Lestari Yuana, Ph.D. candidate at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development,Utrecht University)


The fifth webinar, on ‘Local experimentation in times of a pandemic’ took place on Oct. 7, 2020 with the following presentations:

The e-waste management system in Ghana through the transformative innovation policy lens: The relevance in the wake of COVID-19. Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye (Director of CSIR in Ghana, team leader for Transformation Innovation Policy in e-waste in Ghana. African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow; Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Sustainable Development and Relief Associates (SUDRA)):

COVID-19 as window of opportunity or setback for transition in transport in Metro Manila? Dr. Varsolo Sunio (PhD from Kyoto University, works to accelerate public transport reform in the Philippines)

Frugal Innovations in Healthtec to tackle Covid-19. Dr. Maria Lima-Toivannen (Senior scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), Pedro Figueroa (Co-Founder and President of DiploCientifica), Venkata Gandikota (Co-founder of InnoFrugal).

The recording of the October webinar can be found here.

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About Julius Wesche

Writing about coalition buliding in the German heat Transition | Member of the STRN steering group | PhD candidate at @UtrechtUni | Work at @FraunhoferISI | Organizer at the NEST |

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