Science aid for sustainable development. What is the problem and what are the solutions?

In the knowledge society, science aid to low-income countries promises to be a catalyst for achieving sustainable development goals. Science aid may include support to research infrastructure such as labs and ICT, research networks, research policy development and direct research project funding in bilateral cooperation with high-income country universities (including PhD training). However, the issue of how to support science in a way that generates direct development impacts as well as sustained local research capacity remains contentious.

Given the emphasis on science, technology and the role of universities in development, it is of interest to analyze the policies and strategies of influential foreign aid donors related to science. Do they support capacity building or immediately applicable research results? What types of ideologies of science do they reflect? In my PhD dissertation, I analyzed the pioneer science aid actor Sarec from a historical perspective, and as a next step I hope to conduct a comparative study focusing on the science aid of OECD-countries.





Selected publications

Aiding science: Swedish research aid policy 1973-2008

Authors: Veronica Brodén Gyberg

Publ 2014
Type Doctoral thesis, monograph
To publication

Aiding science? Past and present discourses of Swedish research aid policy.

Authors: Veronica Brodén Gyberg

Publ 2016
Type Conference paper
To publication



  • PhD in technology and social change 2014
  • MA in Science, Technology and Society 2005
  • BA in Politics and International Relations 2001


  • Director of studies in environmental science
  • Coordinator to manage the university’s initiatives relating to the refugee crisis.


  • The environmental science programme 
  • Master in science for sustainable development



  • Brodén Gyberg, Veronica (2015) Aiding Science. An analysis of Swedish Research Aid Policy 1973 – 2008, Development Dissertation Brief 2015:02, Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys (EBA), Utrikesdepartementet (UD). Rapporten presenterades på ett seminarium om svenska biståndsformer 2015-01-20 på UD.

  • Brodén Gyberg, Veronica (2014) Presentation at the planning meeting "University of Rwanda-Sweden Program for Research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement" (May 14th), organized by the Department of Mathematics (LiU): “Aiding science: A study about the development of Swedish research aid policy between 1973 and 2008. The case of Sarec and Sida/Sarec.”

  • Brodén Gyberg, Veronica (2014) Seminar at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Science, Gothenburg university (March 28th) "Science aid: sociotechnical imaginaries and the boundary organization’s conundrum”

  • Brodén Gyberg, Veronica (2013) A historical perspective on Swedish research aid - tensions and dilemmas, SANORD (Southern Africa - Nordic Centre) workshop at Linköping University, May 28th, 2013.

  • Brodén, Veronica (2012) Some of the Trees in the STS/Development Forest and Their Challenges to Theory, paper presented with Wenda Bauchspies, Georgia Institute of Technology at 4S/EASST conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct 16-20, 2012 (at a session we put together and chaired: Development and STS: empirical diversity, theory and methods)

  • Brodén, Veronica (2011), Science and technology for development: aiding research, paper presented at 4S conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov 2-5, 2011 (Session: Practicing Science, Technology, and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order)

  • Brodén, Veronica (2011), Science and technology for development: aiding research capacity, paper presented at STS 2011, tema t, Linköping (Session: Research, Science, Society I)

  • Brodén, Veronica (2010), Aiding research capacity - strengthening or abandoning the linear model? Paper presented at the International Congress of Sociology (ISA), Gothenburg (Session: Changing Forms of the University-Society Relationship) July 2010

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