EVERYONE’S A WINNER (EXCEPT IF YOU’RE NOT…)

Photo: Jatropha curcas – the biofuel plant from tonrulkens’ photostream on Flickr Our director Melissa Leach is giving the first Annual Piers Blaikie Lecture on Environmental Politics at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in July. She’ll be speaking on ‘Green wins or green grabs? Contested pathways to sustainability in Africa’. In our environmentally-anxious age,…

A NEW LEADER AND A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION?

By John Thompson, co-convenor, STEPS Centre food and agriculture domain and joint coordinator, Future Agricultures Consortium The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) chose Brazil’s José Graziano da Silva as its Director General, the first new leader in almost two decades as the world faces near-record food prices that are driving…

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY: THE G-20 ACTION PLAN ON FOOD PRICE VOLATILITY AND AGRICULTURE

By John Thompson, co-convenor, STEPS Centre food and agriculture domain and joint coordinator, Future Agricultures Consortium The Group of Twenty (G-20), comprised of the world’s 19 largest economies, plus the European Union, was created as a response both to the financial crises of the late 1990s and to a growing recognition that key emerging-market countries…

COMPLEXITY SCIENCE & DEVELOPMENT

In a world where systems change and interact unpredictably, there’s a growing interest in using complexity science to tackle questions in international development. Our director Melissa Leach spoke last month at a UKCDS workshop on complexity science and international development (Melissa’s slides are on our Slideshare). Ben Ramalingam, visiting fellow at IDS, has written some…

VIDEO: MELISSA LEACH AT NESS 2011

Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director, spoke at NESS 2011 (The 10th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference) in Stockholm last week. Her talk (56 minutes), “Pathways to sustainability? Environmental social science and justice in a complex, dynamic age” explains the STEPS Centre’s work in the context of the rapidly changing, complex world we live in. Video…

INEQUALITY AND FOOD: 10 TASKS FOR THE UK GOVERNMENT

by Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture co-convenor There are massive inequalities between industrialised and developing countries, and they have widened over the past 15 years, but there are also considerable inequalities within developing countries. There are consequently divergent interests, at least over the short term, between different groups within developing countries, and between…

THE MANIFESTO: ONE YEAR ON

By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto is a year old! It’s been a busy year. In the time since the launch of the Manifesto, we’ve been engaging with an increasingly diverse set of academic and policy networks around the world about how science, technology and innovation can work in…

RISKY ADVICE AND UNCERTAINTY

Andy Stirling, STEPS Director and Alister Scott, visiting fellow at SPRU, have an article up at Project Syndicate (and on the Al Jazeera website) on recent technological disasters (Fukushima, BP in Mexico) and how they reflect on the way science is used to support public policy. Why do we seem to be witnessing an increasing…

REVOLUTIONISING DEVELOPMENT: WHOSE FUTURE COUNTS?

By Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director I first worked with Robert Chambers as a research assistant when I was little more than an undergraduate myself. In the book ‘Revolutionising Development’, launched last Friday, I write about the specific piece of research we did together, and its legacies. However, over twenty years as a colleague at…