The latest events, publications, media and commentary from the ESRC STEPS Centre.
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Symposium: animal-to-human diseases

Leading scientists, One Health practitioners and international policymakers are speaking this week at the 'One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing' symposium in London.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain speaking at the launch

South Asia Sustainability Hub

The South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) was launched in Delhi on 28 January 2016. It aims to develop a growing network of institutions and people committed to exploring pathways to sustainability in South Asia.

The hub also hosted a conference on sustainable urbanisation in South Asia following the launch.

John Thompson speaknig at the conference

Contested Agronomy

Whose agronomy counts? Is agronomy trying to solve the wrong problems? These were some of the questions asked at our conference at the Institute of Development Studies in February.

Papers, blogs and video

Read the conference programme, conference papers and blogs, and view videos and photos.

Climate change and uncertainty

An international workshop in Delhi compared views on uncertainty 'from above' - among modellers, experts and policy makers - and 'below' among vulnerable communities.


Low Carbon Innovation in China

The project, which investigates different models of innovation and their role in low carbon transitions, hosted a roundtable with social enterprises and a workshop on technological innovation.

China and Brazil in African agriculture

A STEPS-linked project shares findings in a new open acccess special issue of World Development, revealing a complex set of engagements between countries in the global South.

Recent media coverage

Science and democracy: a peculiarly British disease?
Two recent programmes on BBC Radio 4 highlight a worrying anti-democratic bias in discussions of science and technology, says Andy Stirling in The Guardian. 14 March 2016.

The Moral Maze: Is science morally neutral?
Andy Stirling was a witness on this discussion programme, debating science, ethics and democracy.

India can be competitive in Africa’s seed market
SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk covers a report co-authored by STEPS Centre members Dominic Glover and Ian Scoones. 24 February 2016.

When shit happens
An article in IRIN quotes water and sanitation expert Lyla Mehta on access to sanitation and its only recent inclusion on the global health agenda. 8 February 2016.

Consumption and our identity
Lyla Mehta was on BBC World Service’s flagship discussion programme, The Forum, talking about inequality of consumption. 20 January 2016.


One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa  Kevin Bardosh (ed.)

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

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

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development Melissa Leach (ed.)

Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development Ian Scoones

Other publications

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

China’s Low Carbon Future Offers Global Opportunities  Sam Geall and Lulu Ning Hui

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

Technology Development in South Africa: The Case of Wind and Solar PV Lucy Baker

Recent blog posts

Contested Agronomy
Contested Agronomy: More heat than light? Jim Sumberg, John Thompson, Ken Giller and Jens Andersson

Contested Agronomy: Four Big Questions to debate Ian Scoones

Exporting China and Brazil’s Agricultural Know-how to Africa Suzanne Fisher-Murray

Is more inclusive urbanisation essential to the 2030 Agenda? Gordon McGranahan

Why India’s Urban researchers need to move beyond Megacities  Aviram Sharma

The challenges of creating new visions for sustainable urbanisation in India Poonam Pandey

Rethinking ‘smart’ in India: The city as an ecology of practices Saurabh Arora

China and Brazil in African agriculture
How Brazil missed its golden South-South co-operation moment?  Lidia Cabral (The Conversation Africa)

Are China and Brazil transforming African agriculture? Ian Scoones

Debating degrowth
Outgrowing the twin simplifications of Growth and Degrowth: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Andy Stirling  

Why we need degrowth:  Giorgos Kallis responds to Andy Stirling’s three-part critique

More blog posts
First Ebola, now Zika: inconvenient truths about emerging diseases Kevin Bardosh

India’s seed sector is flourishing. Could African farmers benefit? Dominic Glover

Nexus, resource conflict and social justice: are we speaking the same language? Suzanne Fisher-Murray

How do we end the dominance of rich countries over sustainability science? Patrick van Zwanenberg, Anabel Marin and Adrian Ely

Four neglected challenges for China’s low carbon future Adrian Ely
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