POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE IN SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-TECHNICAL TRANSITIONS

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg brought forward cross-cutting commitments to a ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable production and consumption systems (i.e. environmentally sound and socially just). An increasing number of governments, businesses and civil society groups are considering how reformed governance might bring such…

REFLECTIONS ON THE DSA: DIFFERENCES LAID BARE

By LYLA MEHTA, STEPS Centre member The conference laid bare the ideological and socio-political differences between the promotion of elite institutions and supervised learning as opposed to unsupervised and more organic forms of experimentation and learning in technological innovation. We had an overdose of the former with the presentations on the Millennium Project and the…

DSA DAY 3: IT’S A WRAP-UP

And as we draw to a close at DSA 2007, we have a diverse set of panellists to give us some reflections on this year’s conference. And they are quite controversial reflections: “It’s like being in groundhog day,” says the DSA’s own president. Joachim Voss, director-general at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Columbia…

DSA DAY 3: RETHINKING RISK & REGULATION

The final plenary session of this year’s DSA sees Sheila Jasanoff of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, founder of the Science and Democracy Network and a STEPS Centre Advisory Board member talking on one of her specialist subjects – rethinking risk and regulation. (Photo: Sheila Jasanoff) Jasanoff, fresh off a plane from Boston, quips…

DSA DAY 3: STEPS PANEL 4 – BIOTECHNOLOGY ‘PRO-POOR CONSENSUS’

Examining the ‘pro-poor consensus’ on biotechnology: a moveable boundary between public and private is the subject for the final STEPS panel session. (Photo: Glover, Brooks, Ely) The three STEPS members taking part in the panel this morning span several aspects of Centre’s work: STEPS Research Officer and IDS DPhil student Sally Brooks, STEPS Research Fellow…

DSA DAY 3: GLOBAL INNOVATION DISTRIBUTION

How radical is the change in the global distribution of innovation activities is the question up for discussion first this morning here at Sussex. The answer is “yes, no and I don’t know” says Martin Bell of SPRU Science and Technology Research here at the University of Sussex, who hopefully will explain a little about…

DSA DAY 2: SIR DAVID KING

The UK government’s chief scientific advisor Sir David King gave the conference gala dinner speech and raised a few hackles among the development studies fraternity.

DSA DAY 2: STEPS PANEL 3 – TECHNOLOGIES SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL

Today technology is discussed as a source of anxiety, uncertainty and risk and this session looks at the politics and ethics of risk and regulation of biotechnology. Here to examine the socio-technical frameworks of agro-biotechnology in India and Latin America are Prof. Rajeev Gowda of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Suman Sahai of…

DSA DAY 2: AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Simon Maxwell of the Overseas Development Institute chairs the session with Paul Richards of Wageningen University and Pedro Sanchez, director of the Millennium Villages Project, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Sanchez is first up, talking about the African Green Revolution and the Millennium Development Goals, which his Villages project suggested a budget of $110capita/yr…

DSA DAY 2:STEPS PANEL SESSION 2. PERI-URBAN DYNAMICS AND SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES

For the second in our series of STEPS Centre panel sessions we have Cecilia Tacoli of the International Institute of Environment and Development, Prof. Ian Douglas, Emeritus Professor at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester and Usha Ramanathan of the International Environmental Law Research Centre in New Delhi. Joining them…