JOIN US FOR BOOK SERIES LAUNCH

If you are going to be at the Planet Under Pressure event in London in March, we would be delighted if you joined us for drinks at 5.30pm on the evening of Day 2 – Tuesday 27 March – to celebrate the launch of our Pathways to Sustainability book series, published by Routledge-Earthscan. Melissa Leach, director…

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Business and Biotech in Bangalore

Two events with India-based partners explored the recent history and future of Indian business and biotechnology. These events, held in February 2012, are part of our ongoing work on risk, uncertainty and technology in India. Seminar: Biotechnology in Bangalore “Biotechnology in Bangalore: Past Experiences, Future Trajectories” was a half-day seminar to reflect on the changing…

RISK, COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE, INDIA

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the STEPS Centre, with Infosys and climate3C, are hosting a conference to focus on “Risk, Competitiveness and Sustainability”, challenging companies in India to embrace ‘sustainable’ business models in order to effectively meet business, social and environmental risks. The conference is…

Getting hotter: Regulating biotechnology in India

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director Biotechnology offers many potentials but also dangers. Regulation is clearly essential. But how, over what and with what measures is less clear. The debate about how to regulate emerging technologies associated with biotechnology is a hot one the world over. In India, it’s about to become much hotter. Photo:…

Biotech business in Bangalore: a decade of hype and hope?

By Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? Photo: Biochemical RGB by Sergei Golyshev on…

WHAT HAPPENED TO BIOTECH IN BANGALORE?

A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing in Bangalore, India. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? A recent seminar (programme here) jointly convened by the Centre…

Media coverage archive 2006-2011

STEPS Centre media coverage 2006-2011 Gates Tells G20 Innovation is the Key to Development, SciDev.net, 4 Nov 2011, STEPS member Adrian Ely comments A new colonial carve up? Ian Scoones quoted in Geographcial Magazine, 1 August 2011 When knowledge is uncertain, experts should avoid pressures to simplify their advice, according to an article in Nature…

“SOME FOR ALL” IN WATER: FORTHCOMING IDS BULLETIN

A new IDS Bulletin, published on 2 March, will focus on STEPS work on water and sanitation. Entitled “Some for All? Pathways and Politics Since New Delhi 1990”, it brings together papers from participants at our 2011 Water Symposium, including Barbara Frost, Gourisankar Ghosh and Kamal Kar. A selection of papers from the Bulletin will…

STUDYING SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND DEVELOPMENT AT IDS

For those considering postgraduate study in England, the uncertainties of taking a year out of ‘normal’ life may be worrying. We’ve asked some of our recent students at  the Institute of Development Studies to talk us through their experience of studying on the MA Science Society and Development. For the second of our student profiles we…

STEPS AT PLANET UNDER PRESSURE

The STEPS Centre is taking part in a variety of activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London next month, from March 26-29. The event promises to “focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation”.We are…