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The STEPS Centre is a global research and policy engagement centre, funded by the ESRC, bringing together development studies and science and technology studies. Our work with partners around the world spans agriculture, water, health, energy and climate change. We would love to hear from you:

Summer School success

STEPS Summer school welcomed 44 students from 22 countries
STEPS Centre summer school 2013

Our second summer school gathered an exceptional group of people developing ideas on pathways to sustainability. Through lectures, walks, discussions and public events, participants explored science, society and development. Resources, including video, Storify and photos, are available on the website and the application process for our May 2014 Summer School opens this autumn.
STEPS Centre Summer School

Future Earth: Melissa Leach appointed
vice-chair of science committee

Future Earth banner

Future Earth has announced its inaugural science committee, with STEPS director Melissa Leach serving as vice-chair. The 10-year research programme aims to provide the critical knowledge needed to address global environmental change.
Future Earth science committee

New resources for low carbon development

Solar home system

A range of new resources from our affiliate project on improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries, including a report on the project's use of the Innovation Histories method and briefings in Kiswahili.
New resources from the project

Governing REDD+

A new STEPS Working Paper by Joanes O. Atela - Governing REDD+: global framings versus practical evidence from the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya - explores the governance of globally-linked REDD+ projects in local African settings. Part of our Political Ecologies of Carbon in Africa project.
Read the paper

Democracy in the Anthropocene?

A blog post by STEPS director Melissa Leach - reflecting on being one of a group of experts convened by the UN to discuss science and SDGs - provoked a series of fascinating responses to a vital debate about planetary boundaries, scientific expertise and the nature of democratic involvement in sustainability debates.
Find out about this debate

New project: Low carbon innovation in China

A new ESRC-funded collaboration between UK and Chinese researchers will explore the extent, nature and social implications of low-carbon transitions in China by comparing government-led, high-tech 'indigenous innovation' approaches with emergent, lower-tech approaches from agriculture, energy and mobility.
New project details

Biotechnology Research Archive

With GM food at the top of the news agenda, a Guardian article by STEPS co-director Andy Stirling explores alternative innovations. Our Biotechnology Research Archive hosts 10+ years of research in to genetically-modified crops, development and the global food crisis - including a new paper on Golden Rice by Sally Brooks.
Explore the archive

World first: China and Brazil in African agriculture 

The first ever collection of empirical and review articles on China and Brazil's engagement in African agriculture has been published in a new IDS Bulletin (44.4, July 2013). 'Submitted versions' of the articles are available for free download.
Access the Bulletin

Fuel poverty, climate change and social justice

Watch our lively public debate on fuel poverty, climate change and social justice, with panellists Doug Parr, Jim Watson, Thurstan Crockett and Kirsty Alexander, chaired by Alice Bell.
Watch the debate

Global politics of scientific advice

Our Annual Symposium brought together 150 people to explore whose expertise counts, as the post-2015 agenda develops. A comprehensive range of resources is available, including a short film capturing some of the key issues discussed, videos of all presentations and keynote speeches from Profs. Anne Glover and Alan Irwin. 
Resources from the Symposium

Zoonoses - From Panic to Planning

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium’s briefing, Zoonoses - From Panic to Planning, sets out new recommendations for a One Health approach animal-to-human disease transmission.
Read the briefing

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