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August 2014

What is innovation for social inclusion?

August 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

What is innovation for social inclusion? Grassroots innovation, public policies and the politics of knowledge A session at the 4S/ESOCITE conference in Buenos Aires, organised by Adrian Smith (STEPS Centre), Mariano Fressoli (Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes) and Elisa Arond (Clark University). There is growing interest amongst researchers, civil society actors, and policy-makers internationally in the topic of innovation and social inclusion. Moreover, this interest exists in both the global north and global south: along…

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Las tecnologías de impresión 3D: tensiones de una “revolución” en ciernes

August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Centro Cultural Borges,
Viamonte 525 C.A.B.A. Aula 3, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Organizan:  CENIT/UNTREF, Centro STEPS para América Latina Las tecnologías de impresión 3D permiten digitalizar objetos en tres dimensiones e imprimirlos materialmente. Se argumenta que la capacidad para imprimir una variedad materiales (desde plásticos, arcillas o metales hasta alimentos y cultivos celulares) podría modificar las formas actuales de consumo y el acceso a bienes. Esto se debe a que las tecnologías de impresión digital acortan considerablemente los tiempos requeridos entre el diseño y la producción, permitiendo acelerar los mecanismos de producción…

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September 2014

Tackling trade-offs in the food-water-energy nexus: lessons for the SDGs

September 11 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Overseas Development Institute,
203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ United Kingdom

This Overseas Development Institute event will be chaired by former STEPS Director Melissa Leach and includes a contribution from our Water & Sanitation theme convenor Lyla Mehta. Achieving poverty eradication and sustained progress in development will depend upon the use of natural resources as we enter a new era of post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The longer-term sustainability of natural resources, threatened by population and income growth, can be a low priority for many policy-makers in developing countries faced by…

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The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Overseas Development Institute,
203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ United Kingdom
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This event in London on 24 September, organised by the Future Agricultures Consortium, includes contributions from STEPS Director Ian Scoones and STEPS members John Thompson and Jim Sumberg. The event will present new research from Future Agricultures on how agricultural policy in Sub-Saharan Africa is shaped and put into practice, in the light of changing patterns of growth and investment agendas from within Africa and beyond. Interest in African agriculture is high, with investment from the ‘Rising Powers’ and the…

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