Promoting Research on Digitalisation in Emerging Powers and Europe Towards Sustainable Development (PRODIGEES)

PRODIGEES is a transnational knowledge cooperation network, aimed at creating a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the impact of digitalisation across the social, economic and environmental dimension of sustainable development and its governance. Funded by the EU’s Horizon2020 programme, it analyses conditions under which positive effects of digitalisation can be realised, while at the same time [mitigating] potential negative effects. The project (2020-2023) engages in staff exchange, transnational training and multi-stakeholder dialogue, and establishes a long-term platform of research institutions in the EU and from the MGG network in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

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Project Lead:
Sven Grimm
Wulf Reiners
Benjamin Stewart

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 873119.

Time frame:
2020 - 2025 / ongoing

Co-operation Partner:

Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV); Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI); Instituto Mora (MORA); Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS); Stellenbosch University (SU); Universität Hamburg (UHAM); Austrian Academy of Sciences – Institute of Technology Assessment (OEAW-ITA); Luiss Guido Carli University (LUISS)


Project description

Through the exchange of research and innovation (R&I) staff and network-wide activities, PRODIGEES (“Promoting Research on Digitalisation in Emerging Powers and Europe towards Sustainable Development”) strengthens long-term research partnerships between Europe and Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa for transnational knowledge sharing on the interconnection of digitalisation and sustainability. By complementaryand comparative research in different world regions, PRODIGEES aims to generate a better understanding on the conditions of how positive effects of digitalisation can be achieved (e.g. economic growth, improved government services, transparency, penetration of financial services), while at the same time potential negative effects are mitigated (e.g. automation-related labour displacement, increased inequalities particularly between urban and rural areas, power asymmetries between states and digital platforms, questions of cybersecurity, privacy concerns). On this basis, PRODIGEES engages in innovative transnational training and a multi-stakeholder dialogue with the aim to shape technological trajectories at an early stage of development and identify and promote policy paths that are more likely to maximise benefits for the achievement of the SDGs and the European Green Deal. PRODIGEES takes place from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023.