The new ‘security’ agenda in water, energy and food

On 26 October 2012 the STEPS Centre and SOAS ran a joint event to discuss the connections made between water, energy, food and climate, and the tendency to frame these issues in terms of ‘security’. The increasing references to a so-called water-energy-food ‘nexus’ reflects the understanding that vital resources are connected in fundamental ways. Although…

Land grabs: knowledge and resistance

by Nathan Oxley, STEPS Centre communications officer Shalmali Guttal from Focus on the Global South addresses the opening plenary The Global Land Grabbing II conference at Cornell last week brought together an impressive range of people with different disciplines, views and experience on large scale land deals – a phenomenon that’s erupted worldwide in the…

STEPS Centre wins award for contribution to public understanding of the social dimensions of science

The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) has awarded the ESRC STEPS Centre its prestigious new Ziman award for “the most innovative cooperation in a venture to promote the public understanding of the social dimensions of science”. The STEPS Centre was given the award for its Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New…

GLOBAL LAND GRABBING II

See videos, photos, blogs and more from the second international conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’. The STEPS Centre also has a range of useful resources on land, green and water grabs. Organised by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and the Cornell Department of Development Sociology, two of the STEPS Centre’s directors – Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones – presented…

World Food Day: The State of Food Insecurity in the World and the Need for Coordinated Action

By John Thompson and Jim Sumberg The three Rome-based agencies of the United Nations – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – formally launched the 2012 edition of the annual State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) on World Food…

Tackling unregulated health markets

Follow the Washington debate which launched our new book on the spread of health markets in developing countries via the event Storify. New book: Transforming health markets Our new book in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability book series looks at how the challenge of unregulated health markets is being addressed. Transforming Health Markets in Asia and Africa:…

Herd it on the grapevine: how pastoralists get a raw deal in policy and the media

Mike Shanahan of IIED has written two great blog posts in two weeks on how pastoralism is viewed by politicians and by stories in the media. The first covers how pastoralists have come to be viewed as ‘backward’ by some dominant policy narratives in Kenya, China and India. “The dominant policy narrative casts pastoralism as…

Pandemic Influenza: Research themes

  Outbreak policy narratives Public and policy reactions to H5N1 and H1N1 have been guided by the prospect of the devastating impacts of an outbreak. ‘Outbreak narratives’ have guided policymaking, with the building of drug stockpiles, the development of contingency plans and so on. Draconian measures for containment have often been devised, including restrictions on…

Pandemic Influenza: Resources

Books Scoones, I. (ed.) (2010)  Avian Influenza: Science, Policy and Politics, London: Earthscan Routledge. Elbe, S. (2010) Security and Global Health, Polity Press Dry, S. and Leach, M. (eds.) (2010) Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice, London: Earthscan: Routledge. (Includes Scoones, I.,  Fighting the flu: Risk, uncertainty and surveillance) Projects: Pharmaceuticals and Security: The Role…

Video and slides: Kate Raworth, Oxfam on planetary boundaries

10th October 2012: ‘A safe and just space for humanity: can we live within the doughnut?’ Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher at Oxfam, gave a STEPS Centre seminar at the Institute of Development Studies. Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to ensure that every person has the resources needed to realise their human rights, while ensuring…