STEPS Centre - return to home

Global Consortium

Our Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium links the STEPS Centre and similarly-oriented research Centres across the world. It builds on the STEPS Centre’s success with our global partners, and has been launched in 2015 and 2016 to coincide with the start of the post-2015 era of sustainable development thinking and action.

Download the Global Consortium brochure (PDF)




Over the last decade, the STEPS Centre has brought together diverse people, intellectual traditions and practical and policy experiences. A conversation between the concerns of ‘development studies’ and ‘science and technology studies’ has been at the heart of our endeavour. We have been engaged in some groundbreaking collaborative research focusing on transformative responses to worldwide sustainability challenges, ranging from water and waste, climate and energy, food and agriculture and health and disease.

A new initiativeSTEPS_prospectus_cover-1

Our exciting new initiative – the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium – builds on this work. It links six regional Sustainability Hubs (detailed below) with longstanding partners, strongly grounded in research and founded on equal collaboration among researchers and stakeholders. Each hub brings new perspectives to the challenges of global sustainability.

In a crowded global research environment, we are creating a truly unique platform of international, transdisciplinary action-oriented work – combining contrasting natural and social scientific understandings of the challenges. We resist the ever-present pressure for expedient simplification, whilst maintaining a strong focus on practical responses – including the development of new concepts, tools and methods.

As the Sustainable Development Goals establish a new era for development, north and south, solid research evidence and critical engagement in policy and action is essential. The Consortium brings diverse cross-disciplinary skills, a grounded conceptual and methodological approach and an international outlook and commitment to change that is essential if the ideals of sustainable development are to be realised.

Consortium hubs

The Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium unites five continents with one vision: to tackle the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world now and in decades to come. Our transdisciplinary research on science and technology for development across top-flight academic institutes across Africa, South Asia, China, Europe, Latin and North America is enhanced with dynamic policy engagement, teaching, impact and communications programmes.

The Consortium is led by outstanding organisations and individuals with an open and democratic governance structure. The secretariat and the impact, engagement and communications unit are currently hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre.


A networked hub with three hosts: the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and Stockholm Environment Institute Africa (SEI Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Find out more about the Africa Sustainability Hub


Hosted at Beijing Normal University (BNU), Beijing, China.

Find out more about the China Sustainability Hub


Jointly hosted by the STEPS Centre in the UK, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Sweden.

Latin America

STEPS América Latina is hosted at CENIT (Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Find out more about STEPS America Latina

North America

The North America hub is hosted at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, USA.

Find out more about the North America hub

South Asia

The South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) is hosted by the Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, India.

Find out more about the South Asia Sustainability Hub