Highlights from our post-2015 research and engagement work
A post-2015 development framework to succeed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals seeks to address the challenges of enduring poverty, social inequality and rapid environmental change. The STEPS Centre believes these interlinked challenges should be addressed together, by drawing on the natural and social sciences and creating inclusive, democratic debate about local to global pathways to sustainability.
Technical and social innovations have essential roles to play, but a new politics of innovation is also required. The concepts of social and planetary boundaries, integrated with a ‘3D agenda’ of direction, diversity and distribution, provide a framework which can guide such politics.
This page features highlights from our post-2015 research and engagement work, including contributions to UK Parliamentary inquires; United Nations processes, such as STEPS director Melissa Leach’s contributions to the UN|DESA Open Working Group on science and Sustainable Development Goals and High-level Dialogue on Global Sustainability; , as well as Prof Leach and Lyla Mehta’s contribution to UN Women’s 2014 Survey of the Role of Women in Development; and via Professor Leach’s engagement with Future Earth, of which she is science committee vice chair.
What kind of science and technology for development is needed for today’s world? With cutting-edge ideas including the 3Ds agenda and some Southern perspectives, the New Manifesto recommends new ways of linking science and innovation to development for a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future.
World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
This flagship publication from UN Women makes strong links between pathways to sustainable development and gender equality in a post-2015 world. The conceptual framing of the report was led by Melissa Leach (former STEPS Director and now IDS Director) and Lyla Mehta (STEPS Water & Sanitation theme convenor), and draws centrally on the STEPS Pathways Approach.
STEPS director Melissa Leach, Kate Raworth (Oxfam) and Johan Rockstrom (Stockholm Resilience Centre)’s chapter for the World Social Science Report 2013 combines the STEPS Centre’s work on the three ‘Ds’ agenda of direction, diversity and distribution, SRC’s work on planetary boundaries and Raworth’s ‘doughnut economics’ to offer a new framework for addressing environmental change, enduring poverty and social inequalities.
A radical new approach to innovation is urged by STEPS, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Tellus Institute in this paper, published as a contribution to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. We argue that Sustainable Development Goals that keep human societies within a ‘safe operating space’ of planetary boundaries requires far greater recognition and power for grassroots actors and processes, involving them within an inclusive, multi-scale innovation politics.
This paper by Professor Andy Stirling, part of the New Manifesto project, argues for a more deliberate, equitable and accountable politics around progress towards sustainability using the ‘3D agenda’ which emphasises: the Direction of innovation – towards defined sustainability objectives; the more equitable Distribution of the costs, benefits and risks associated with innovation; the value of Diversity in social, technological and ecological systems and in the kinds of innovation approaches that can contribute to sustainable development
- Policy briefing: Engaging Science and Politics in a Post-2015 Framework
- Paper: Innovation politics post-Rio+20: hybrid pathways to sustainability? Adrian Ely, Adrian Smith, Andy Stirling, Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones Environment and Planning C, 2013
- Chapter: Pathways to Sustainability: Building Political Strategies by Melissa Leach. State of the World report 2013
- Paper: Broadening out and opening up technology assessment: Approaches to enhance international development, co-ordination and democratisation Adrian Ely, Patrick Van Zwanenberg, Andy Stirling, Research Policy 2013
- Democracy in the Anthropocene? Science and Sustainable Development Goals at the UN Melissa Leach, Huffington Post
- Debate around democracy in the Anthropocene
- Future Earth takes flight with inaugral science committee
- The dark side of the green economy: ‘Green grabbing’ Melissa Leach, Al Jazeera
- Science, politics and the post-Rio+20 agenda Melissa Leach and Adrian Ely, Huffington Post
Our Rio+20 blog series for Guardian Global Development:
- Rio+20 must make inclusive innovation stepping stone to a sustainable future Adrian Smith and Adrian Ely
- Edge of sustainability: why Rio+20 mustn’t ignore people on city fringe Fiona Marshall and Lyla Mehta
- Why Rio+20 must not leave the politics out of sustainable development Melissa Leach
- Achieving universal energy access Rob Byrne and Jim Watson
- It’s time for sustainable development Julia Day
- STEPS Centre Annual Symposium Credibility across cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice’ . February 2013. How to build and maintain robust, open and accountable processes of expert advice that can operate effectively across disciplines, sectors, social contexts and national boundaries – essential for the post-2015 agenda.
- Seminar: Kate Raworth, Oxfam – A safe and just space for humanity: can we live within the doughnut?’ 10 October 2012
- Seminar: Oliver Greenfield, convenor of the Green Economy Coalition – on the post-MDGs landscape. 12 December 2012
UK Parliament – International Development Committee Inquiry – Post-2015 Development Goals The STEPS Centre’s written submission to the inquiry
Our contribution to ‘World We Want’ Civil Society Dialogue with the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda’
Beyond Rio Resource Centre – research and expertise at the STEPS Centre and the University of Sussex
Rio+20 programme: The STEPS Centre mounted a substantial programme of activities in the run-up to, and at, Rio+20, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process, including publications, video and media coverage.