A roundup of events and publications from the ESRC STEPS Centre and the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium.
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Transformative research methods

This week the Transformations to Sustainability programme (T2S) is meeting in Argentina to discuss methods for transformative research projects.

The meeting is hosted by the National University of San Martín and CENIT, a partner in the PATHWAYS Network, a project involving researchers from all 6 hubs of the STEPS Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium.  The project carries out comparative research in six countries to explore how to work with local people on social transformations in the context of environmental change.

Read about the workshop

Blog posts from the PATHWAYS Network

On our blog, researchers compare insights from across the T2S programme, and their shared learning so far across 'pairs' of research sites in the PATHWAYS Network: Kenya/China, Mexico/India and Argentina/UK.

What ‘agency’ do researchers have in transformative research projects? Hallie Eakin, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph and J. Mario Siqueiros, 22 November 2017

Seeding ideas: Knowledge brokering and recombination for agricultural transformations Adrian Ely, Paddy Van Zwanenberg, Elise Wach, Martin Obaya and Almendra Cremaschi, 20 November 2017

Transformations from Beijing to Nairobi and back: what can we learn from each other? Yang Lichao, Kennedy Liti Mbeva and Jiang Chulin, 10 November 2017

What does transformative research for sustainability look like? Patrick van Zwanenberg, Hallie Eakin, Ethemcan Turhan, Mutizwa Mukute and Fiona Marshall, 6 November 2017

Methods examples

New 'methods vignettes' have been added to our growing resource on methods and methodologies, drawing on experience from the PATHWAYS Network.

Evaluation H

Agency Network Analysis

Browse more methods

Video: Andy Stirling on ‘Grand Challenges’ and interdisciplinary research

In a recent lecture at Keele University, STEPS co-director Andy Stirling examines the rhetoric around ‘Grand Challenges’ and explores ideas about knowledge and methodologies in emancipatory, democratic change.
Watch online

STEPS Summer School 2018

A reminder that applications are open to our Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability on 14-25 May 2018.

We welcome applications from doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, urban, water or energy issues. The deadline is 5pm GMT on Sunday 28 January 2018.

Apply online

Degradation Neutrality: a ‘Faustian bargain’?

A critical assessment of ‘degradation neutrality’, the latest idea to emerge in global conservation efforts, is at the heart of a new article for the Antipode Foundation by Amber Huff (STEPS Centre/IDS) and Andrea Brock (University of Sussex).
Read the article

New publications from the STEPS Centre

The Many Circuits of a Circular Economy
Ashish Chaturvedi, Jai Kumar Gaurav and Pragya Gupta
STEPS Working Paper 94

The Social Life of Mangroves: Resource Complexes and Contestations on the Industrial Coastline of Kutch, India
Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta
STEPS Working Paper 99


STEPS Seminar: Channing Arndt: ‘Faster Than You Think: The Global Energy Revolution and Developing Countries’
15 December 2017
Institute of Development Studies, UK

International conference: ‘Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World’
Organised by the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)
17 March 2018
Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, NL

STEPS Annual Lecture: Kate Raworth
14 May 2018
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

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