INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, DEVELOPMENT: A NEW MANIFESTO – THE STUDENTS’ VIEW

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member With British summertime underway in the usual fashion (horizontal rain battering the windows) a 16-strong group of MA and DPhil students and visiting fellows from the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research are gathered here in Brighton to take part in the STEPS Centre’s…

INDIAN ELECTION: A STEPS TOWARDS CHANGES IN HEALTH PROVISION?

By BARUN KANJILAL, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur and member of the Future Health Systems consortia The 2009 parliamentary election in India meant a roller-coaster journey for the country in April and May of this year. The results are now out and the Congress Party, with a few other regional parties, has resurged with…

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS WITH THE STEPS CENTRE

By HARRIET LE BRIS, STEPS Centre member The ESRC STEPS Centre is pleased to be able to offer one-month postdoctoral fellowships, based here in Sussex. The ESRC STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is a global research and policy engagement hub based in Sussex, drawing together researchers at the Institute of Development…

GM CROPS: TEN YEARS ON

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre Co-director A decade ago there was much hope – and even more hype – about the potentials of GM crops. GM crops were going to feed the world, solving issues of poverty and development, seemingly at a stroke. Technologies for dealing with drought or nutrient deficits were, it was claimed,…

GM CROPS: JUNE LAUNCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On June 10 the STEPS Centre is launching a Biotechnology Research Archive and a new paper on Bt Cotton by Dominic Glover at a free event in London. The STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive will span over a decade of substantive, evidence-based research. A series of core projects, supported…

SWINE FLU: SOME EMERGING LESSONS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Co-Director Read a short version of this piece, published in The Guardian.The back-story of the swine flu outbreak is gradually seeping out. There are some vitally important lessons that can be learned. Here I outline five: 1. Risks, uncertainties and mortalities A favourite media narrative in the face of a potential…

INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, DEVELOPMENT: A NEW MANIFESTO – THE VIEW FROM NEPAL

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from this event We are hoping to link up this lunchtime with the Innovation Asia-Pacific Symposium being held in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the first in a series of roundtables events for the STEPS Centre Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. A group of delegates at the…