Special announcement on the new STEPS website, including a PhD opportunity, our MA programme, and events at World Water Week and Planet Under Pressure

The all-new STEPS Centre

STEPS homepage

The STEPS Centre is delighted to have been granted new ESRC funding until 2016, following our first five years of research. Our new website showcases eight exciting new research projects, a new domain – energy and climate change – and a new area of cross-cutting STEPS work, called methods and methodologies. Plus there are video interviews with researchers explaining our work and improved access to our publications, events and media. Your feedback is vital and welcomed as we develop the site. Do get in touch on


PhD opportunity: Deadline 30 March

batWe are offering a PhD studentship, beginning in October, on zoonotic disease and its social dimensions. A possible focus is on interactions between bats and humans. This 3+1 studentship is linked to the STEPS Centre and based at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on 30 March. Please circulate to anyone who might be interested. 

MA linked to STEPS: Apply now

Applications are invited for an MA course, closely linked to the STEPS Centre, focussing on the politics and policy processes of sustainable development. Based at the Institute of Development Studies and involving innovative forms of teaching and interaction with leading researchers in the field, the MA Science, Society & Development looks at ways to address complex policy issues around agriculture, climate change, health and water. Please forward the link to prospective students.

Planet Under Pressure: join us!

Planet Under PressureWe'll be in London in the week of 26 March, taking part in a variety of events at the Planet Under Pressure conference. On Tuesday 27 March there's our key session on technology in the green economy as well as our book series drinks reception, with Melissa Leach and Johan Rockström, at the Ramada Hotel, next door to the conference venue. Full details of our programme on the website.

World Water Forum & new Bulletin

A new IDS Bulletin on STEPS water and sanitation work entitled "Some for All? Politics and Pathways in Water and Sanitation" has been published, incorporating papers from our 2011 Water Symposium, including Barbara Frost, Gourisankar Ghosh and Kamal Kar. A selection from the Bulletin is available to view online, for free, until April 2. We are launching the Bulletin at the World Water Forum in Marseille with a side event on Thursday 15 March at 7.15pm.  Lease join us Plea

New Pathways to Sustainability books

Pastoralism book coverWe have added two titles to our book series: Contested Agronomies, edited by James Sumberg and John Thompson is now available, while Pastoralism and Development in Africa, edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones is available for pre-order with a July publication date.


Rio+20: Put the politics back in

The STEPS Centre is participating in a variety of events at the the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June, keep an eye on the website for more details. In the run up to Rio+20 we are writing a series of blogs for the Guardian's Global Development site. In the latest, STEPS director Melissa Leach has called for the politics to be put back in to sustainable development.
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