Unesco Chair in Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development Supported by ICTs

Unesco Chair in Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development Supported by ICTs

The Unesco Chair in Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development Supported by ICTS was established in 2009 at the Open University of The Netherlands. The Chair-holder is Prof. dr. Paquita Perez Salgado.

Prof. dr. Paquita Perez Salgado


Objectives of the Chair

Sustainable development is linked to a process of global social change. To contribute to this process, the chair will connect natural sciences with societal change and conduct a targeted research along the following lines:

- Developing competencies and skills, particularly ‘ change and intervention skills’ may allow for better application of scientific knowledge for societal change processes;

- Further investigating and developing the knowledge concept of 'Lived Experience'. This concept emphasizes diversity, for example in terms of culture, race, gender and social class, and is partly based on experiential and contextual knowledge;

- Focussing thematically on climate change and ‘social entrepreneurship’ (sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship), not excluding expansion to other areas;

- Emphasis will be placed on a multi- and transdisciplinary approach in finding solutions to issues concerning sustainable development. UNESCO's priorities Africa and gender equality are part of the development of research and training activities.

Sustainable development, knowledge concepts and (open) learning processes

The chair holder will study and further develop knowledge concepts for sustainable development in an international context, connecting natural sciences with societal change. A promising knowledge concept is ‘Lived Experience’, which assumes that culture, race, gender and social class of people have an impact on the way they deal with things. One of its hypotheses is that one might establish more involvement and thus more effective change processes, by referring to the specific experiences of individuals and groups. As government policies often do not take this into account, they lack effectiveness.

The Unesco chair will focus on how change and intervention processes may lead to effective and sustainable change as well as on the corresponding learning processes.

Finally, the Chair holder will study the development and deployment of modern ICT tools and open learning concepts in higher education programmes and analyze how these resources can improve learning processes.


Chair-holder Professor Paquita Perez Salgado is the former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University of the Netherlands. She also worked at the Dutch expert organisation on girls & women and science & technology (VHTO), at the University of Amsterdam (where she got her PhD degree in physical chemistry), the University of Groningen and the University of Twente. She is active in several European and international organizations in the field of science and higher education.

Unesco sees the exchange of knowledge and experience between universities and higher education institutions as crucial factors for development within its areas of operation. Through the Unitwin/Unesco Chairs Programme, the institution promotes academic mobility and rapid knowledge transfer between institutions globally. The chair holder cooperates worldwide with various universities and professional and societal organizations.

The Unesco Chair is part of the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology of the Open University of the Netherlands.


Prof. dr. Paquita Perez Salgado
Unesco Chairholder Faculty of Management, Science & Technology
website: https://www.ou.nl/web/duurzaamheid/duurzaamheid-en-leren (in Dutch)
Contact: paquita.perez@ou.nl