SUMMER SCHOOL: “WHAT IS RESEARCH FOR SUSTAINABILITY?”

Participants in the recent STEPS Summer School came to Brighton from all around the world, bringing diverse life experiences and disciplinary perspectives together to learn about, discuss and debate new approaches to research for sustainability. Much of our discussion focused on the importance of encompassing plurality and diversity in both research and policy processes, and…

Land Grabbed or Not? By afromusing on Flickr

Colloquium on global land grabbing, 11 June

STEPS Centre researchers will be among the speakers at the Critical Agrarian Studies Colloquium No. 4, which takes place in The Hague on 11 June 2012. After a few years dominated by important reports on land grabbing from NGOs and the media, as well as initial scoping studies from some academics, the year 2012 sees…

A NEW ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SECURITY, OR A TWO-TRACK AFRICA?

In a new post on the Future Agricultures Consortium blog, Ian Scoones examines the ‘New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition’, announced at a high-profile conference in Chicago last week – attended by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, three African Heads of State, Andrew Mitchell and others.“…will the initiative really deal with the underlying political economic…

NUDGE, NUDGE

Ilse Oosterlaken, one of the participants in our summer school, has blogged about some of the lectures and discussions that have happened so far. One of Ilse’s blog posts reflects on a lecture by Andy Dobson on the ethics of “nudging” people towards sustainable behaviour – in other words, subtly influencing them to behave differently…

Outstretched hand covered in crude oil

Debate: Who’s going to save the planet?

Who’s going to save the planet? IDS and STEPS Centre event at Brighton Fringe Festival 2012 by Ids (Uk) on Mixcloud   A debate with Caroline Lucas MP and others on 17 May 2012 at the Brighton Fringe Festival to discuss action for sustainable development leading up Rio+20 and beyond. Climate change, famine, financial turmoil….

About Us

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa was a research programme designed to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of helping people move out of poverty and promoting social justice. It was funded from 2012 to 2016 by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation  (ESPA) programme. Research focused on four…

Approach

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa programme brought together natural and social scientists, including environmental, biological, social, political, and human and animal health researchers. It was an integrated multidisciplinary – or One Health – approach to understanding animal-to-human (zoonotic) disease transmission. A main objective was to generate evidence and advance understandings of the complex relationships between…

CHINA AND BRAZIL IN ZIMBABWE

Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director, has written a blog post about Chinese and Brazilian projects in Zimbabwe, looking at the complex relations between donors and recipients of aid and investment in the Global South. “A new way of doing development cooperation is in the offing, and the hegemony of the western powers will be offset,…

People

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa team comprised: Neil Anderson Neil is a vet with a PhD in wildlife epidemiology. His research interests centre around the transmission of diseases at the wildlife/livestock/human interface and he has specialist expertise in the ecology of trypanosomiasis in wildlife populations. He is programme coordinator/lecturer at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh….

EVENTS NEXT WEEK: TIM JACKSON LECTURE AND BRIGHTON DEBATE

Next week is the start of our first ever Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability in Brighton. Although most of the session are only open to the 42 invited participants, we’re also holding a couple of events which are open to the public: Tim Jackson: Where is the green economy? Prosperity, work and sustainability ‘after…