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Impact of Astronomical Facilities on Local Development – Perspectives from Sutherland: An OAD Report

Authors: Tawanda Chingozha, Economics PhD Candidate (Stellenbosch University), OAD Fellow. He is Zimbabwean. Amidou Sorgho, Astro-physics PhD Candidate (University of Cape Town), OAD Fellow. He is Burkinabè. Estefany san Andreas, Socio-Cultural Anthropologist with studies in Jungian Psychology, OAD Fellow. She is Ecuadorian. Amelia Hankel, BSc Physics (with astronomy focus) & BA Human Rights (University of Connecticut), […]

Rethinking our future- understanding the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 (UNDESA webinar)

This article was written by Dr. Tawanda Chingozha, OAD Fellow on Development Economics, summarising the main points presented by a panel of experts during a UNDESA webinar on 9 April 2020. Powerpoint presentation and Webinar recording The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) of The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has spearheaded efforts to translate astronomy […]

Big Data in Astronomy: A Tool for Social Innovation

As the big data deluge continues across the world amidst privacy concerns, various groups are beginning to utilise it as a ‘force for good’. Astronomers are not far behind, applying their big data skills to tackle societal challenges. Challenges in public health, disaster management and environmental protection may be addressed by big data and related […]