NEW BOOK: EPIDEMICS

Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice, the new book in our Pathways to Sustainability series, highlights the problems of emergency knee-jerk responses to serious outbreaks of disease. Of the many cases in the book, one is the story of the response to swine flu in Egypt. To address the disease, the government launched a nationwide…

SCALING UP: IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES?

We are working to challenge the prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector, along with our affiliate partner Future Health Systems. Opinions on how to improve access to services vary. There’s a long-standing debate on the relative merits of blueprint approaches – which involve the replication of a well-designed intervention in multiple settings…

PUBLISHED TODAY – NEW BOOK ON RICE BIOFORTIFICATION BY SALLY BROOKS

The latest in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability book series is published today – Rice Biofortification: Lessons for Global Science and Development by Sally Brooks. Biofortification, the enrichment of staple food crops with essential micronutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin A – has been heralded as a uniquely sustainable solution to the problem…

NEW MANIFESTO: INTENTIONS INTO ACTION

By Satchida Rana, MA Science, Society and Development student. At the launch of the New Manifesto on 15 June, there were some great discussions about the future of innovation for development. But if the New Manifesto is to work for people who are in need, then these good intentions need to be translated into action…

LOW-CARBON INNOVATION IN CHINA – QUESTIONING THE RULES OF THE GAME

By Dr Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member How do we create more low-carbon societies? It’s clear that “top down” and “bottom up” forms of innovation will both have a role to play, but what will be the balance between the two? A new report, “Game-changing China: Lessons from China about Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation” contains…