A roundup of events and publications from the ESRC STEPS Centre and the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium.
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Beyond populism: transforming rural politics

Last month's conference on Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World generated a lively online debate. Read a multimedia story featuring images and social media from the event.

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Article series: confronting authoritarian populism

Read new articles by speakers and organisers on the online magazine openDemocracy exploring the issues around the conference.

Vladimir Putin and the rural roots of authoritarian populism in Russia
Natalia Mamonova

‘Authoritarian corpopulism’ supports the rise of sugarcane and oil palm agribusinesses in Guatemala
Alberto Alonso-Fradejas

A redneck revolt? Radical responses to Trumpism in the rural US
Levi Van Sant

The Third Great Depression and rise of the far-right: experiences from Turkey
Burak Gürel

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New FreeBook on health and disease

Pathways to Health and Sustainability

Download a free PDF book featuring chapters from the STEPS Centre's books on the theme of health & disease.

The chapters, taken from the Pathways to Sustainability book series, explore how pathways to sustainability emerge in health systems, the responses to epidemics, and the development and use of health-related technologies.

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STEPS Annual Lecture: Kate Raworth

On 14 May, the STEPS Annual Lecture will be given by Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics. The lecture is held on the University of Sussex campus, and places can be reserved for free online.
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Publications from the STEPS Centre

Kenyan farmers and the African 'Green Revolution'

A new working paper explores how 'Green Revolution' technologies and practices are aligned with the views and aspirations of small farmers, drawing on case studies in three regions of Kenya.

Solar energy in Kenya

A new paper from STEPS members in Sussex and the Africa Sustainability hub explores how solar technology developers, national policy and global development interact.

A political economy of niche-building: Neoliberal-developmental encounters in photovoltaic electrification in Kenya
Rob Byrne, Kennedy Mbeva and David Ockwell
Energy Research & Social Science


Smart cities need thick data, not big data
Adrian Smith, The Guardian, 18 April 2018

Don’t look away: the struggle for Afrin is a struggle for radical democracy
Amber Huff, Patrick Huff and Salima Tasdemir, Red Pepper, 22 March 2018

‘Now is the time of monsters’: The future at a crossroads in Rojava
Patrick Huff, Amber Huff and Salima Tasdemir, Red Pepper, 11 April 2018

Blog posts

New insights on navigating complexity in development
Marina Apgar and Eric Kasper

Open science hardware across the Andes
Julieta Arancio

Just Transitions as a process with communities, not for communities
Rebecca Shelton

The many futures of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa
Ian Scoones

Why killing reindeer is poor science
Ian Scoones

What role does rural people’s agency play in finding pathways out of poverty?
Saurabh Arora, Divya Sharma, M. Vijaybaskar, Ajit Menon and Joanes Atela

Mapping a transforming world in the Sierra Huichol, Mexico
Shiara González, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, and Beth Tellman

Transformations - our theme for 2018

Faced with a series of social and environmental stresses and shocks, there are urgent calls for radical, systemic change. What does it take to make these sustainability transformations emancipatory, rather than repressive?

Find out more on our Transformations theme page.

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