Shuan SadreGhazi

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
7. Social Protection
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Shuan's academic interests lay primarily in Innovation for achievment of Sustainable Development Golas (SDGs). His research aims at studying innovations that have positive socio-economic impact among the target community, e.g social innovation or iclusive business initiatives.

As part of his studies on innovations for low-income communities, Shuan conducted extensive fieldworks in rural India, China, Myanmar and Iran. He has worked with a number of organizations on their inclusive business initiatives. With the UNDP Growing Inclusive Markets initiative, he was responsible for case studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University's "Sustainable Innovation" group, he looked at the approach of Chinese firms regarding innovation for rural markets. He has also been an advisor for Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan) for the Base of the Pyramid projects in South East Asia. More over, he has served in the editorial board of UNESCO Science Report (2015, 2020). His was also an innovation advisor in UNICEF innovation for children initiative.

He is a keynote speaker featured at TEDx , UNESCO Innovation for SDG summit, CILAC and The Univeristy of Tokyo. Shuan has delivered several lectures and training programs on Pro-Poor Innovation, Inclusive Business , SDGs in Emerging Markets and Social Impact .


Shuan News/Blogs/Activities

  • Report on the UNESCO high-level forum on Innovation for Sustainable Development (in Spanish) [link]
  • Telecoms and ICTs: Drivers of Innovation? [link]
  • Preparing Young Professionals for Rural Innovation [link]
  • Inclusive Innovation for the ‘Rest of the World’: SDG 10  [link]
  • Toilet Innovation is Important! (interview with the UM magazine) [link]
  • Putting Base of the Pyramid on the Map [link]
  • Key Note Asia: Corporate Social Responsibility and Emerging Markets [link]

Keywords:  Innovation for SDGs, Base of the Pyramid, Pro-Poor Innovation, Social Impact, Diffusion of Innovation, Inclusive Business, Inclusive Development, Frugal Innovation, Emerging Markets, South/SouthEast Asia, Middle East

Selected publications by Shuan SadreGhazi

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Ramani, Shyama V. , Shuan SadreGhazi & Gupta Suraksha, 2017, Catalysing innovation for social impact: The role of social enterprises in the Indian sanitation sector, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 121: 216-227, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2016.10.015, More information
Ramani, Shyama V. , Shuan SadreGhazi & Geert Duysters, 2012, On the diffusion of toilets as Bottom of the Pyramid innovation: Lessons from sanitation entrepreneurs, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79(4): 676-687, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2011.06.007, More information

Book chapters
SadreGhazi, Shuan, 2021, Iran Science, Technology & Innovation 2015-2020, in: Schneegans, Susan; Lewis, Jake; Straza, Tiffany;, UNESCO science report: The race against time for smarter development, UNESCO, Paris, More information
Ramani, Shyama V. & Shuan SadreGhazi, 2012, Where is the toilet please?: The sanitation sectoral innovation system in rural India , in: Ramani, S. (ed.), Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development, Cambridge University Press\, Cambridge, DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139794640.011, More information
SadreGhazi, Shuan & Geert Duysters, 2010, Corporate innovation and low-income markets: a strategic framework, in: Ancos, H. (ed), Negocios en la Base de la Pirámide y Creación de Empleo, Editorial Complutense, Madrid
SadreGhazi, Shuan & Geert Duysters, 2009, Serving Low-income Markets: Rethinking MNCs strategies, in: G. Duysters, W. Dolfsma and I. Costa (eds), Multinationals and Emerging Economies: the Quest for Innovation and Sustainability, Edward Elgar, London, UK, More information
SadreGhazi, Shuan, 2008, Product Innovation for Low-income Markets: Beyond making cheap goods, in: ICEP, CODESPA, Global CSR Case-book: Business and Poverty, ICEP, Vienna, Austria, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Ramani, Shyama V. , Shuan SadreGhazi & Geert Duysters, 2010, On the Delivery of Pro-Poor Innovations: Managerial Lessons from Sanitation Activists in India, A revised version of this working paper is published as : Ramani, Shyama V. , Shuan SadreGhazi & Geert Duysters, 2012, On the diffusion of toilets as Bottom of the Pyramid innovation: Lessons from sanitation entrepreneurs, Technological Forecasting and S, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-018
SadreGhazi, Shuan & Geert Duysters, 2008, Serving low-income markets: Rethinking Multinational Corporations’ Strategies, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2008-024

Research reports
SadreGhazi, Shuan, 2005, An empirical study of examples of university-industry research collaborations, Report, 2005 Chalmers University of Technology, More information

SadreGhazi, Shuan, 2005, Transition to hydrogen fuel: Identifying Key Policy Challenge, in: proceedings of WSC-SD conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, More information
SadreGhazi, Shuan, 2003, A framework for applying Value Management in Virtual Enterprises, in: proceedings of 6th International Value Management Conference

Conference contributions
Ramani, Shyama V. , Shuan SadreGhazi & Geert Duysters, 2009, Taking Innovations to the Poor: Lessons from Sanitation Activists in India, 7th GLOBELICS International Conference, 6-8 October, Dakar, Senegal, More information
Gauch, A. & Shuan SadreGhazi, 2006, Tools and Facilitators for User-Innovation in Open Source Software, More information
Magnusson, M., Shuan SadreGhazi & B. Jarrehult, 2006, , 7th Int'l CINet conference, Lucca, Italy, 8-12 Sept. 2006, More information

SadreGhazi, Shuan & M. Lindquist, 2006, Disrupt or Become Disrupted: A framework for identification and evaluation of Disruptive Innovations, M.Sc. thesis, Chalmers University of Technology & SCA co., Gothenburg, Sweden, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
SadreGhazi, Shuan, 2010, Saraman: Affordable Earthquake-Safe Schools and Housing, GIM Case Study No. B090. New York: United Nations Development Programme, pp 27