In the academic year 2017-2018 Delft University of Technology explored the viability and relevance of a new research program on meeting the sustainable development goals through responsible innovation and design for values. The program consisted of fourteen short-term pilot projects and was made possibly by support from The Hague municipality.

Introduction film

About the pilot program

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will shape the international political discourse in the coming decades. In the academic year 2017-2018 Delft University of Technology explored the viability of a research program offering new possibilities for collaboration to the various parties residing in The Hague. The theme, Responsible Innovation for the SDGs, is aimed at employing the innovative capabilities of the Netherlands for global sustainable development.

The research theme aligns well with the strategic research agendas of the departments of the Dutch government, the missions of a variety of international organizations in The Hague, as well as with research activities of the six Dutch universities which are active in the city: Leiden, Delft, Rotterdam, Wageningen, Amsterdam, Groningen and Utrecht. Innovative solutions to global problems also offer corporate partners, entrepreneurs and start-ups interesting opportunities.

Fourteen short-term vanguard projects demonstrated the viability and relevance of utilising responsible innovation research and design for values for the  achievement of the SDGs.

The Hague in the 21st Century

The Hague owes its international reputation to recognizing problems and solving them pragmatically in times of high political tension, arms races and rapid technological change in the beginning of the 20th century. The metropolitan region of The Hague is also internationally associated with the cradle of thinking about World Peace and the International Rule of Law. In order to be able to play a similar role in the world in the 21st century, The Hague is now also facing with the challenge of understanding the nature of the problems of humanity and of offering solutions.

How does The Hague remain one of the most important cities in the world in the area of ​​Peace, Law, Justice and Security in the 21st century?

An essay written by DDFV scientific director Jeroen van den Hoven answers this question, while also providing the background for the pilot program.

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Closing event

The pilot program closed with a symposium on 8 June 2018 in the Peace Palace in The Hague.