News on COP21, Resource Politics, blogs, papers, books and more from the ESRC STEPS Centre.
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COP21: Climate, innovation and development

STEPS members will be at the COP21 climate conference in Paris from 30 November - 11 December. We're running side events, an exhibition stand, and publishing blog posts throughout the conference.

View our climate change guide

See details of all our side events, publications and blog posts, and sign up to our special COP21 email alert.

Resource Politics 2015

Browse the materials from our conference in September on the politics of resources and sustainability.

Video: plenaries and interviews

Watch full-length talks and interviews from the conference, including Betsy Hartmann, Rohan D’Souza, Michael Watts, Johan Rockström and Melissa Leach.

Resource Politics materials

Papers, blogs and more

View the conference papers, blogs, a map of participants' stories and a Storify.

STEPS América Latina launch

The latest hub in our global Pathways to Sustainability consortium, launched on 5-6 November, will be a focus for sustainability for Latin America.


STEPS Summer School 2016: Apply now

Applications are open for our 5th Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability in May 2016. The application deadline is 27 January.


Is ‘the Anthropocene’ a force for good?

In a series on the STEPS blog, Andy Stirling, Johan Rockström, Victor Galaz and Laura Pereira debate the impact of the idea of the ‘Anthropocene’ – a proposed new era of human influence on the environment.


Makerspaces and sustainability

STEPS member Adrian Smith organised the workshop “How can makerspaces, fablabs and hackerspaces help cultivate sustainable developments?” in London on 23 October.

Recent blog posts

Why climate negotiations should tackle ‘technology injustice’ Rob Byrne

Opening up democratic politics for sustainable development: reflections from STEPS America Latina Andy Stirling

Why are some people so keen to link climate change and terrorism? Nathan Oxley

What are we doing when we do open science and inclusive innovation? Adrian Smith

What is Ecological Civilisation?  Sam Geall

Carbon Forestry in Africa: who wins? Ian Scoones

What can China teach India about dealing with waste? Bharati Chaturvedi and Ashish Chaturvedi

Why livelihoods perspectives still matter Ian Scoones

All at sea: making sense of the UK’s muddled nuclear policy Philip Johnstone and Andy Stirling

How can African agriculture adapt to an uncertain climate? Stephen Whitfield

Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in southern Africa Lyla Mehta

Bringing vehicle sharing to China David Tyfield

WSSF 2015: What kinds of alliances create transformative knowledge? Adrian Ely

Hunger and HIV: have we misread the landscape? Michael Loevinsohn

New publications

Developing Nexus Capabilities: towards transdisciplinary methodologies
Andy Stirling

Accelerating Sustainability: Why Political Economy Matters
Hubert Schmitz and Ian Scoones

Technology for Autonomy and Resistance: The Appropriate Technology Movement in South America
Mariano Fressoli and Elisa Arond

Innovation for Sustainability in a Changing China: Exploring Narratives and Pathways
Adrian Ely and Sam Geall

Briefing: New approaches to low carbon innovation in China


Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in African Agriculture. Narratives and knowledge politics
Stephen Whitfield

Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development
Ian Scoones

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
Melissa Leach (ed.)

Governing Agricultural Sustainability: Global Lessons from GM crops
Phil Macnaghten and Susanna Carro-Ripalda (eds.)

Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa
Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones (eds.)

Africa’s Land Rush
Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones and Dzodzi Tsikata (eds.)

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