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STEPS Centre Summer School

The 2014 Summer School will be held from 12-23 May, at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. You can find out more about the school on this page and by reading the Summer School 2014 brochure (pdf 357kb).

Applications for 2014 are now closed. For queries please email Harriet Dudley: h.dudley@ids.ac.uk


About the Summer School

The STEPS Centre Summer School on pathways to sustainability 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.


Testimonials

The summer school exceeded my expectations. I was absolutely amazed at the commitment and time that STEPS directors and staff gave to us. Truly incredible to have so much quality time with them and other students from around the world of such high calibre. Beautiful to have 24 nations in the same room thinking and discussing global to local issues!” 2013 participant

“Academically it enhanced my methodological thinking, professionally, it enhanced my perspectives of career aspirations. Personally, it was very humbling to learn from the multiple talents of the participants.” 2013 participant

“It was challenging, stimulating and also fun, exciting and very engaging. I never expected to have so much time to speak with STEPS staff.” 2013 participant

“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”  2012 participant

“An engaging and exciting couple of weeks. It’s been fantastic” 2012 participant

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 2013

Summer School 2012

Video clips from 2012

Below are some extracts from lectures given in May 2012 by Melissa Leach, Andy Stirling and Ian Scoones.