South Asia Sustainability Hub (SASH&KN)

The South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) aims to develop a growing network of institutions and people committed to exploring pathways to sustainability in South Asia.

SASH&KN aims to act as a resource for policy makers, civil society and educators in South Asia to respond to critical sustainability questions for the region. These challenges include people’s responses to ecosystem, livelihood and health challenges; diverse science and technology possibilities; regulatory and governance mechanisms; and the role of knowledge and science in pointing towards sustainable futures.

Launched in 2016, it is part of the STEPS Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium. It is hosted by the Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Tractor in urban setting
Farmers drive through the village of Karhera near Ghaziabad, India

Key events

Launch audience
The SASH&KN launch event in Delhi.

Launch of the South Asia hub

SASH&KN was launched on 28 January 2016 in Delhi.

Speakers included the journalist P. Sainath, the writer and environmentalist Sunita Narain and the economist Nitin Desai.

Read more about the launch event


Workshop: Climate change and uncertainty from above and below

27-28 January 2016
Delhi, India

Uncertainty is often considered to be a “super wicked problem” or “monster” by scientists and policy makers. But theories about uncertainty from ‘above’ by experts may have little to do with how many people live with, understand and cope with uncertainty in everyday settings from ‘below’.

This workshop built on the STEPS Uncertainty From Below project and the ongoing Norwegian Research Council project on Uncertainty, Climate Change and Transformation.


Conference: Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation

29-30 January 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

This conference focused on the possibilities for sustainable urban transformations.

Whilst urbanisation brings the creation of new opportunities for some, it can also pose enormous challenges for poor and marginalised citizens in cities and in peri-urban areas.

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Key contacts

Prof Pranav N. Desai, Project Director, SASH&KN, TRCSS, JNU

Prof Dinesh Abrol, Coordinator, SASH&KN, TRCSS, JNU

India: Pravin Kushwaha, TRCSS, JNU trcssjnu@gmail.com

UK: Fiona Marshall, STEPS Centre f.marshall@sussex.ac.uk