Kenya Treasury Cabinet Secretary Rotich Launches Africa Sustainability Hub

A new African sustainability research hub will make a “huge contribution” to promoting low carbon economic development in Kenya, according to a speech on Wednesday by Hon. Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury. The speech was delivered by Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, at a workshop…

Researchers pick ‘breakthrough’ technologies for growth

Dr Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre head of impact and engagement was interviewed for a story about ‘breakthrough’ technologies by Aamna Mohdin for SciDev.net Desalination using renewable energy, vaccines to help eradicate HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and electronic textbooks that adapt to readers’ skills are among the 50 development-boosting technologies identified in a report published last…

New leadership for the ESRC STEPS Centre

A new leadership team has been announced at the ESRC STEPS Centre today. The two founding Co-Directors, Prof. Ian Scoones and Prof. Andy Stirling remain at the helm of STEPS, with Prof. Scoones (right) taking over as Director and Prof. Stirling retaining his Co-Director role. This follows the appointment of the former Director, Prof. Melissa Leach, as…

Mike Hulme to chair ESRC STEPS Centre International Advisory Committee

The ESRC STEPS Centre is delighted to announce Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate and Culture at King’s College London, is taking over as chair of the Centre’s International Advisory Committee. Professor Hulme takes over the role of chair from Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Environment, Water and Natural Resources of Kenya. Prof. Wakhungu was…

Future Earth takes flight with inaugural science committee

Global sustainability research programme Future Earth has announced its inaugural science committee, with ESRC STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach serving as vice chair. Future Earth is major 10-year international research programme which aims to provide the critical knowledge needed  to address the challenges of global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to…

Press Release: Pandemic Controversies: the global response to pandemic influenza must change

New research sets out alternative approach to preparing for pandemics ‘Evil’ scientists, deadly viruses and terrorist plots are usually the preserve of Hollywood blockbusters. But when it comes to pandemic influenza, it is the stuff of real life. As controversy about research into the H5N1 bird flu virus continues, a new paper argues for a…

Press release archive

2010 Press pack: Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto Press release: A Manifesto to make innovation deliver for development 15 June 2010 Opening presentation from launch event by STEPS director Melissa Leach and project convenor Adrian Ely (Slideshare) Launch event programme (pdf 351kb) 2008 New PhD places for 2008 30 Jan 2008 Avian Flu Threat:…