Summer School 2013
- Find out more about our 2013 Summer School (13-24 May 2013)
- Follow the 2013 STEPS Summer School via the event Storify or on Twitter using #sss13
- We are running two exciting free, public events as part of the School. Details can be found on the Spring Series event page.
About the Summer School
Our Summer Schools aim to bring 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 will challenge the STEPS team and each other on questions of science, society and development.
“I liked the fact that it really was an open space in which everyone’s (teachers AND students) ideas and experiences could be shared and critically engaged with. There was so much critical engagement and that was incredibly enriching. I really valued how much everyone respected each other’s thoughts and ideas”
“An engaging and exciting couple of weeks. It’s been fantastic” – 2012 participants
How it works
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is the main venue. IDS is on the edge of the Sussex University campus, set in the middle of rolling countryside but with good transport links to Brighton.
The programme includes lectures and discussions, ‘walkshops’ – longer discussions held on walks through the surrounding area – and social events. The Summer School also includes some time in smaller groups, where participants get to reflect and discuss their own work, led and mentored by members of the STEPS Centre.
The discussion in these groups goes towards a mini-conference, planned and run by participants themselves, with support from the STEPS team.
Summer School 2012
The 2012 programme included lectures from STEPS Centre members, small group discussions, and a mini-conference, as well as social events in and around Brighton.
Two day-long “walkshops” were led by Andy Stirling and Brian Wynne, and invited speakers included Andy Dobson, Sheila Jasanoff, Frank Geels and Michael Jacobs.
We also ran two public events: a debate on Rio+20 and collective action for sustainability as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, with a panel including the Green MP Caroline Lucas, and a lecture on the future of the green economy with Prof Tim Jackson (University of Surrey).
- STEPS Summer School 2012 brochure
- Download the programme for the 2012 summer school
- Summer School 2012 participants (pdf)
Video clips from 2012
Below are some extracts from lectures given in May 2012 by Melissa Leach, Andy Stirling and Ian Scoones.
The story of the STEPS Summer School
You can look back at the 2012 Summer School via its Storify stream, which tells the story of the two weeks in words and images.
Find out more about the STEPS Centre’s approach and how we work.