Researchers in Switzerland and South-Asia have been working together on a wide range of research projects on environmental sustainability and social wellbeing. These projects generate scientific and contextual knowledge that can be utilized for the betterment of society. And it is imperative that it’s made accessible to a wide and diverse array of actors that promote the sustainable development goals (SDGs). But often it fails to reach the right stakeholders due to the complexity of research terminology, mismatch of stakeholder requirement vs assumptions, or sometimes lack of a promotion platform.

Knowledge2Action in South Asia

The project ‘Knowledge2Action in South Asia’ aims to be a platform to bring together researchers and SDG actors, promote knowledge generated from ongoing projects and facilitate future cooperation in research and education on environmental sustainability and social wellbeing (ES&SW) between Switzerland & South-Asia. The project is funded by the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) programme.

Knowledge2Action project will include pre-existing collaborations in ES&SW between renowned knowledge institutions in Switzerland and South Asia and covers (as for now) the countries: India, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

For more information, one can reach out to project leads, Prof. Dr. Swetha Rao Dhananka, Haute Ecole de Travail Social Fribourg – HES-SO and Prof. Dr. René Véron, University of Lausanne.


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The project ‘Knowledge2Action’ is led by Prof. Dr. Swetha Rao Dhananka, Haute Ecole de Travail Social Fribourg – HES-SO and Prof. Dr. René Véron, University of Lausanne. swissnex India and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) are the local co-designated institutions to implement the project activities together with the project leads over the next one and a half years.

Swiss university partners of the project are: Haute Ecole de Travail Social Fribourg – HES-SO, University of Lausanne, University of Zurich and University of Fribourg.

South Asia academic partners are: IIT Kharagpur, India; Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India; University of Colombo, Srilanka; University of Mandalay, Myanmar; Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal; and Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Nepal.