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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:

STEPS-JNU Symposium

Our 2014 Annual Symposium, ‘Exploring pathways to sustainability’, is being co-organised with the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. We will explore routes to change across issues including urbanisation, environmental health, climate change, securitisation and grassroots innovation.
Symposium details and resources

Low carbon China

Can Chinese innovation help address the climate crisis? This new UK-China STEPS Centre affiliate project investigates the social and political aspects of low-carbon innovation in China, rather than focusing on technical change alone.
Low carbon innovation in China - Prospects, politics and Practice

Urban futures in India

A new affiliate project launches this month, investigating the intersections between ecosystem services and poverty in peri-urban areas of India, and the implications for urban development.
Risks and Responses to Urban Futures

Join us: Environmental Change fellows

Three ‘Environmental Change’ Fellows are being sought by STEPS co-host, the Institute of Development Studies. The Fellows will look at how climate change interacts with complex development challenges, with a strong emphasis on the political economy and political ecology of human-environment interactions, major STEPS Centre themes.
IDS seeks 3 new fellows in Environmental Change 

Pro-poor, low carbon development

Our affiliate project aims to inform the development of Climate Innovation Centres in developing countries by analysing the history and adoption of solar home systems in Kenya. The project findings will be presented this March in Nairobi and the UK. An array of useful resources are already available with new policy briefings and papers on the project website soon.
Pro-poor, low carbon development project


Publications & comment

Rio+20 dialogue in Kigali
Innovation politics post-Rio+20: hybrid pathways to sustainability? by Adrian Ely, Adrian Smith, Andy Stirling, Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones, Environment and Planning C, January 2014
After the Rio+20 conference in 2012, this paper examines how global initiatives can be connected to local aims, debates and action on sustainability.

Socially Useful Production by Adrian Smith (STEPS Working Paper 58)
This paper looks at the movement for socially useful production, which flourished for a brief period in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s, discussing lessons from the influential Lucas Plan. STEPS Centre Research: Our Approach to Impact by Adrian Ely and Nathan Oxley (STEPS Working Paper 60)
This paper explains the STEPS Centre's approach to planning and conceptualising 'impact' in its research, in the context of diverse understandings of, and responses to, the idea of impact. Reimagining Development 3.0 for a Changing Planet by Jon Moris, Prof Emeritus, University of Utah (STEPS Centre / IDS Working Paper 435)
Moris argues we need to reimagine development tactics to match what business analysts now call World 3.0, a global system characterized by high turbulence and new threats. Navigating pathways in the safe and just space for humanity by Melissa Leach, Johan Rockström and Kate Raworth
Part of the World Social Science Report 2013, this paper proposes a framework for negotiating pathways to a safe and just sustainable future for people and planet.

The Politics of Trypanosomiasis Control in Africa by Ian Scoones (STEPS Working Paper 57)
This paper explores the scientific and policy debates surrounding the control of the disease and its vector, the tsetse fly, in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Zimbabweland: Ian Scoones’ regular blog focuses on the ongoing impacts of land reform in Zimbabwe, and explores related issues of politics, environment and development in the country. Politics and the Food Sovereignty movement 
STEPS co-director Ian Scoones chaired the opening panel at a Critical Dialogue on Food Sovereignty on 24 January, and posted his reflections on the STEPS Cente blog.
Missing politics and food sovereignty by Ian Scoones, STEPS blog, 27 January

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