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January 2015

Synthetic Biology & Global Health – Claire Marris seminar

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Room C233, Arts C,
University of Sussex, Brighton,

Synthetic Biology & Global Health: How to move beyond the promises/perils framing? Claire Marris, King’s College London A seminar co-organised by Centre for Bionetworking, STEPS Centre and Centre for Global Health Policy In a speech announcing the UK’s “eight great technologies” in 2012, Chancellor George Osborne stated that “synthetic biology will heal us, heat [us] and feed us”. Against this articulation of synthetic biology’s promise, concerns are routinely raised around narrowly defined “potential risks” and “ethical issues”, but the main…

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February 2015

Realising the Transition: Addressing the challenges of low carbon energy and development in Africa

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royal Society,
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
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The ‘Rising Powers, Clean Energy and the Low Carbon Transition in Southern Africa’ team, are running a one day international workshop titled ‘Realising the Transition: Addressing the challenges of low carbon energy and development in Africa’  in London on February 3rd 2015. The workshop will mark the culmination of our ESRC project on The Rising Powers, Clean Energy and the Low Carbon Transition in Southern Africa, a project affiliated to the STEPS Centre. The workshop will be a platform to…

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March 2015

Critical Perspectives on the Financialisation of Nature – Theory, Politics and Practice

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - March 20 @ 5:00 pm
University of Sussex,

University of Sussex, 19-20th March 2015 Hosted by the Centre for Global Political Economy & STEPS Centre Update (12 December 2014): The call for abstracts has now closed. Successful applicants will be informed by 31 December 2014. Carbon markets in China, fishery bycatch offsetting in Canada, catastrophe bonds in the US, weather derivatives in Ethiopia, betting on species extinction such as Norwegian sharks… These are just a few examples of the commodification, marketisation and financialisation of nature. In what ways…

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September 2015

STEPS conference 2015: Resource Politics

September 7 - September 9
Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies,
Library Road, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Resource Politics: Transforming Pathways to Sustainability Why now? Contexts and debates In the build up to the confirmation of the post-2015 sustainable development goals, the politics of resource access, allocation and distribution are high on global policy agendas. The limits to economic activity in the face of ‘planetary boundaries’ are being fiercely debated, and even humanity’s survival in the age of the Anthropocene is questioned. Some suggest a ‘perfect storm’ of factors is combining to present ever growing threats, often…

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