A Round Table Discussion
In this round table session we intend to confront the outcomes of academic research with demands from particular interest groups. To what extent should research be determined by economic interests and market forces? What are the limitations of government driven projects? What is the price of independent fundamental research which is not directly related to short term goals?
This round table aims to discuss these questions, not in an abstract manner, but based on actual case studies.
To what extent, for instance, did research on the communal violence in Indonesia help former combatants to understand and evaluate their role in the conflict?
What room to maneuver has academic research in market driven and political sensitive fields like bio fuel?
We invite potential participants to suggest topics for this discussion.