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STEPS at the SPRU 50 conference – Transforming Innovation

7th September 2016 @ 8:00 am - 9th September 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Tania Li: ‘What is politics?’

9th September 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

STEPS Seminar, all welcome Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Library Road, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RE Listen to the seminar Hear Tania Li's seminar below, including questions and answers with the audience. Abstract: My seminar will cover a broad sweep of issues under the general rubric of building systemic governing. In my discipline of anthropology, there was once a field called "political anthropology," with a focus on systems of social organization (hierarchies, clans, kingdoms) and social order. This field has…

Kolya Abramsky: ‘Towards a Class-Based Approach to Global Energy Transition: Shifting Energy Demand, Expanding the Renewable Energy Sector and Phasing Out Fossil Fuel’

20th September 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

STEPS Seminar - all welcome Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Library Road, Falmer, BN1 9RE Abstract: Terms such as “energy democracy” and “climate justice” have gained increasingly widespread usage and acceptance over the last 5 years. In order to give weight to these slogans, it is necessary to understand the class relations behind the global energy sector, and the sector’s worldwide division of labour. As a key means of production and consumption in the world-division of labour, the energy…

Who is the digital revolution for?

28th September 2016 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm

Panel at the event: Ann Light, Kat Braybrooke, Tim Jordan, Caroline Bassett and Andrew Sleigh. Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK This public event on 28 September 2016 explored how society and digital technology can shape each other for the common good. The event, part of the Brighton Digital Festival, is part of of our Transformations series of events. Materials produced from this event Blog: What can we learn from digital transformations? by Nathan…

Is the future nuclear? Battle of Ideas debate with Andy Stirling

22nd October 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Frobisher Auditorium 1 Battle of Ideas, Barbican Centre, London STEPS co-director Prof Andy Stirling (SPRU) will debate the role of nuclear power in the future of energy, at a debate hosted by the Battle of Ideas, the flagship festival run by the Institute of Ideas in London. The event is open to Battle of Ideas ticket holders. Also on the panel are Malcolm Grimston, Joe Kaplinsky, Prof Gerry Thomas and Martin Wright, and the chair is Rob Lyons. From the…

Emancipatory Transformations: Engaging Radical Democracy in Kurdistan

3rd November 2016 @ 8:00 am - 4th November 2016 @ 5:00 pm

A workshop on 3-4 November in Brighton, UK will look at the remarkable political transformations happening in Rojava (Western/Syrian Kurdistan) in the midst of bloody conflicts and a humanitarian crisis. View more details about this event  

Food Agendas in a Post-Brexit Future: BSUFN Symposium 2017

February 6

Brighton, UK (buy tickets) There has been much talk of the ways in which the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, or ‘Brexit’, will impact British farmers due to changes to the Common Agricultural Policy.  We believe that Brexit will have far reaching effects across the food systems in many ways, in the UK, Europe and beyond. From policy implications for food safety standards and nutrition labels, to international trade and markets, to controls on chemical pesticides and the regulation…

Sustainability in Turbulent Times

March 16

‘Sustainability in turbulent times: How can research, policy and business meet global challenges?’ CUSP/Nexus Network/CECAN conference Venue: Central London Over the next few years, the British exit from the EU, a new US administration, and unpredictable waves of populism and authoritarianism are likely to recast key environmental and social policies and to have profound effects on the prospects for sustainable prosperity. International frameworks of governance and collaboration will need to be redesigned, and the legitimacy of some forms of expertise and…

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