Summer School 2013 begins

Group discussion on transitions and grassroots innovation Our annual Summer School has hit the ground running, with 40 students from around the world descending on Sussex to hear and challenge the STEPS Centre’s ideas on pathways to sustainability. So far, we’ve had a mix of lectures and discussions on topics from the global political economy…

The GM debate should not be closed down to what is rational, but opened up to multiple rationalities…. A response to Chris Whitty and colleagues

  By Stephen Whitfield, PhD student, Institute of Development Studies (Knowledge, Technology and Society Team) Genetically modified rice / BASF   In a recent commentary published in Nature, Chris Whitty (chief scientific adviser at the UK Department for International Development) and colleagues rightly argue that the (ever-rich and seemingly-unending) debate over genetically modified crops should…

Public debate: Fuel poverty, climate change and social justice

Watch our lively public debate on fuel poverty, climate change and social justice. With Doug Parr, Jim Watson, Thurstan Crockett and Kirsty Alexander, chaired by Alice Bell. Watch the video (on YouTube) See photos from the event More resources from the 2013 STEPS Centre Summer School On 20 May 2013, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, the STEPS Centre…

STEPS Centre Summer School 2013

Our Summer School brought together an exceptional group of people who are exploring and developing ideas on pathways to sustainability. Through a mix of lectures, walks, discussions and public events, participants challenged the STEPS team and each other on questions of science, society and development. Find out more about our 2013 Summer School (13-24 May 2013)…

Bird Flu: Panic, Pandemics and Planning

A steady stream of reports about bird flu infection cases in China over the past month has given way in the past couple of days to panicked confirmations of deaths (27 as of today) and doom-laden projections about what may lay ahead. The new H7N9 strain of avian influenza in China is causing much conjecture about animal-to-human and human-to-human infection and how the spread of…

Mike Hulme on planetary boundaries and other metaphors

Spaceship Earth? Photo: NCC-1701-A by tram_painter on Flickr (cc-by-nc-nd) Prof Mike Hulme has a thoughtful post on the UEA’s 3S blog today on how metaphors affect the way we think (about science and other things), reflecting on a recent talk by Johan Rockström packed with imagery about planetary boundaries, tipping points and other engaging ideas….