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CLOC Knowledge2Action

About the project

The CLOC Knowledge2Action in South Asia aims to be a regional hub to promote and facilitate cooperation in research and education on environmental sustainability and social wellbeing (ES&SW). The creation of this CLOC is the result of pre-existing collaborations between renowned knowledge institutions in Switzerland and South Asia and covers (as for now) the countries: India, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The CLOC aims to address the following four challenges:

1) The lack of comprehensive interdisciplinary teaching curricula relating to ES&SW at the university level Switzerland and in South Asia.

2) The mediation requirement between scientific knowledge on ES&SW and people’s place-based perception and expertise.

3) The requirement of very different forms of knowledge outputs for different SDG actors that can be communicated through a wide array of tools and skills.

4) The need for procedural knowledge of the regulatory decision-making environment and tactical skills to facilitate appropriate promotion of ES&SW.

In recognition of these challenges during the first funding phase, the CLOC will organize a research workshop and a summer school along with other supporting activities to enhance the promotion of the following SDGS: 4: Education & life-long learning; 11: Sustainable cities and communities; 12: responsible consumption and production; 13: Climate action; 16: Peace, justice & strong institutions; 17: Partnerships for goals. SDGS 5: on gender equality and SDG 8: on economic growth and work conditions are considered transversally.

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Partner Institutions

Swiss partners

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Prof. Swetha Rao Dhananka

Institute for Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Prof. Dr. René Véron

Department of Geography, University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. Christian Huggel

Department of Educaton Sciences, University of Fribourg

Prof. Dr. Cathryn Magno


South partners

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dehli, India

Prof. A. P. Dimri, Prof Meeta K. Mehra

Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prof. P. Kattel, Dr. Deepak Aryal

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India 

Prof. Ajay Kumar Singh

Swissnex India, Bangalore, India

Sebastien Hug, Maitree Dasgupta

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore, India

Dr. Nitin Pandit

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Prof. Jenia Mukherjee

University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Nishara Fernando

University of Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar

Prof. Nyo Nyo

Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Jawalakhel Lalitpur, Nepal

Dr. Bishnu Upreti