News from the ESRC STEPS Centre - linking environmental sustainability and technology with poverty reduction and social justice

Media coverage

Citizens and Science in a Greener China Adrian Ely and David Tyfield, The Guardian

Owen Paterson, 'wickedness' and the fairy dust of science Andy Stirling, The Guardian

Beyond good and evil: the truth about GM crops Nathan Oxley, Rationalist Association

GM crops: is opposition to golden rice wicked? Sally Brooks, The Guardian

Doing development in conflict zones Jeremy Allouche, The Guardian

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About us

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:

Apply now for our 2014 Summer School

on Pathways to Sustainability, 12-23 May

We are pleased to welcome applications for our two-week international summer school on Pathways to Sustainability. Involving innovative forms of teaching and interaction, including an international team of leading researchers in this field, the school will be held at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.
STEPS Centre Summer School

Living with uncertainty in India

How do people deal with uncertainty about climate, disease or natural disasters like floods? A new project briefing explains how this STEPS project is bringing together people who study uncertainty with the perspectives of those who experience it.
New resources from the project

Engaging science and politics in a post-2015 framework

A new STEPS Centre/IDS policy briefing examines how science and politics must be engaged in a post-2015 framework in order to tackle the environmental and social justice challenges we face.
Post-2015 policy briefing

One-stop news and views

We are working to make our website even more useful for visitors. Six years after it launched, the STEPS Centre blog has been integrated in to our site, providing ever-changing content. Meanwhile, the homepage and events are more user-friendly. Plus you can now 'like' us on Facebook.
STEPS Centre website
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Is the Nexus secure...and for whom? Call for papers

Water Alternatives will publish a special issue on Critical Thinking On the ‘New Security Convergence’ in Energy, Food, Climate and Water, with support from the STEPS Centre. The editors invite abstracts by 15 December 2013.
Call for papers


Pro-poor, low carbon development resources

New resources, including presentations and discussion papers, investigate the adoption of solar home systems in Kenya and look beyond hardware financing at how to build pathways of pro-poor energy access.
Low carbon development - October update

Hot topic: GM Crops and biotechnology

GM crops, Golden Rice and other related technologies polarise opinion. However, a simplistic ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ stance leaves little room for a more informed and balanced debate. Our GM and biotech page features highlights from our extensive work on how science, policy and politics interact. Meanwhile read blogs by Andy Stirling and Nathan Oxley on the rhetoric around GM.
GM Crops and biotechnology
Blogs: Good and evil: closing down the debate around GM crops

IPCC climate report: research, resources and expertise

Following the publication of the most comprehensive statement on climate science, we have gathered some of our key resources on the impact of climate change on poor and marginalised people in developing countries.
Climate change and development resources

New zoonoses publications

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, led by STEPS, focuses on the connections between animal-to-human disease transmission and environment in Africa. The Consortium has published new research updates for each of its five case study countries, outlining the disease background, key research questions and methodologies being used.
Read the research updates

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