STeDI-RC (the Science and Technology Driven Policy and Innovation Research Center) is the fifth Research Center of the Cyprus Institute, which was launched in 2018 following a strategic decision taken by the Institute’s Board of Trustees and started operations in the academic year 2022-23. Its scope was decided by a Committee comprising faculty members from all Research Centers of the Institute as well as some of the Institute’s senior management: Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, Prof. Jos Lelieveld, Prof. Fadi Comair, Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris, Assoc. Professor Sorin Hermon, Prof. Theodoros Zachariadis, Dr. Konstantinos Kleovoulou, Dr. Fabio Montagnino, and Dr. Vassilis Tsakalos.
In line with the Institute’s mission to conduct pioneering research, innovation, and educational activities to address problems of significance for Cyprus, Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region, STeDI-RC is a cross-disciplinary endeavor to engage in policy research and innovation addressing today’s sustainability challenges. As a knowledge institution organized in four interdisciplinary Research Centers that correspond to different thematic research thrusts, CyI is uniquely placed to host STeDI-RC which integrates aspects of research and innovation that are common across its existing research activities. Therefore, most of the Center’s staff is jointly appointed with one of the other CyI Research Centers.
The Center’s research will leverage innovative science- and technology-driven ideas to solve sustainability challenges. It will pursue activities and educate technically skilled researchers and students to be leaders in policy-focused research, providing innovative solutions in topics where science and technology matters. Our policy-focused work aims to propose solutions to national and international policymakers. However, it is not limited to mere policy analysis; it also takes a long-term perspective, deals with fundamental research questions, and focuses on the development of theory and of analytical tools that can advance research in addition to solving specific problems.
In addition to research, the new Center aspires to become the leading think tank in Cyprus and a leader in the EMME region, with a mission to enrich policymaking with innovative approaches using science and technology for a sustainable society. In its full development, the Centre aims to be active in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy-water-food nexus, environmental, economic and social sustainability, computational science, and cultural heritage preservation.