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Media Coverage

Browse through the latest media coverage of the STEPS Centre’s work, or for pre-2012 coverage, see the archive.

 3 April 2014: Ebola in Guinea – people, patterns, and puzzles

STEPS Centre Director Melissa Leach writes for The Lancet Global Health blog about the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea

4 March 2014: Climate change in India

Climate change unites fishermen in Kutch and Sundarbans the Times of Mumbai covers our Uncertainty from Below project

30 January 2014: Women and the land

STEPS Centre Director Melissa Leach talked about women farmers and enviromentalists with Germaine Greer, Alys Fowler and Jenni Murray on the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour.

13 January 2014: Why low carbon innovation matters | 低碳创新缘何重要

As China overtakes Europe on the share of its economy devoted to research and development, could the country be driving a green industrial revolution, asks Sam Geall, writing for ChinaDialogue. 随着中国研发投入比重超过欧洲,中国是否会推动绿色工业革命? 山姆•吉尔介绍了一个新的研究项目。
Why low carbon innovation matters
低碳创新缘何重要

15 October 2013: Owen Paterson, ‘wickedness’ and the fairy dust of science

Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre, writes for the Guardian about UK Environment secretary Owen Paterson hitting out at ‘wicked’ opponents of genetically modified crops, but forgetting science’s greatest assets are scepticism and democracy.

15 October 2013: Beyond good and evil: the truth about GM crops

The Environment Secretary is wrong to call opponents of Golden Rice “wicked”, because it closes down a very necessary debate, writes Nathan Oxley in the Rationalist Association’s blog.

28 June 2013: Why all the fuss about GM food? Other innovations are available

Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre, writes for the Guardian about GM and argues that to get beyond hackneyed pro/anti tropes, we need to reflect more upon the importance of power.

June 2013: Social innovations and prosperous societies

Kevin Urama, executive director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre head of impact and engagement, talk about social innovations and prosperous societies to Kenyan TV programme, The GMK Show, June 2013. This interview was conducted as part of the Pro-poor low carbon development project.

28 March 2013: Democracy in the Anthropocene? Science and Sustainable Development Goals at the UN

Melissa Leach blogs for the Huffington Post about her experience of  an Expert Meeting at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to discuss science and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), successors to the Millennium Development Goals.

25 March 2013: Luddites of the world unite 

Blog for the Guardian by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre head of impact and engagement, from the World Forum on Science and Democracy

22 March 2013: Are African land grabs really water grabs?

Article for CNN.com by Jennifer C Franco, Lyla Mehta (STEPS Centre water and sanitation convenor) and Gert Jan Veldwisch, CNN.com, for World Water Day 2013.

18 March 2013: Credibility Across Cultures – Expertise, Uncertainty and the Global Politics of Scientific Advice

AllAfrica.com cover the STEPS Centre’s Annual Symposium 2013.

3 March 2013: Getting with the times on scientific advice – deciding by dissensus?

Blog by Anita Makri, SciDev.Net’s opinion and special features editor, on scepticism and debate in climate change policy, reflecting on the STEPS Centre Annual Symposium.

19 Feb 2013: Well-framed science can boost its social impact

How scientific knowledge is presented in public debate, by scientists or journalists, has a big influence on its impact reports David Dickson for SciDev.net, from the STEPS Centre Annual Symposium.

14 Feb 2013: Fear of flying and the hazards of communicating risk

STEPS Centre co-director Andy Stirling blogs for the Guardian about how using numbers to communicate risk can create a false sense of certainty.

14 Feb 2013: Be open about any uncertainty in policy advice

SciDev.Net reports on the 2013 STEPS Symposium, Credibility across cultures: evidence, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice.

12 Feb 2013: Policymakers urged to include local knowledge in aid projects

SciDev.Net reports on the 2013 STEPS Symposium, Credibility across cultures: evidence, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice.

24 Jan 2013: Pandemic Flu Controversies: What Have We Learned?

Ian Scoones and Melissa Leach of the STEPS Centre, and Stefan Elbe of the University of Sussex Centre for Global Health Policy, write in the Huffington Post about lessons learned from previous pandemic flu preparedness approaches.

01 Jan 2013: Whose land is it anyway?

Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre Co-director, is interviewed in this Free Speech Radio Network documentary by Zak Brophy about land grabs, focussing on cases in Kenya.

5 Dec 2012: Sustainability gets off the ground

Melissa Leach, director of the STEPS Cente, is quoted in a Guardian article about empowering local people to tackle their own problems and what this means for global aid work.

1 Nov 2012: Land grabbing: What has changed?

Ian Scoones, co-director of the STEPS Centre, blogs for the Huffington Post on new debates emerging about land-grabbing, one of the world’s most challenging and pressing issues.

12 July 2012: Developing world: Bring order to unregulated health markets, Nature

Gerry Bloom and David Peters highlight the dangers of unregulated medical treatment, and argue that the services provided by informal providers can and must be improved.

12 July 2012: Appropriating nature? China Dialogue

Putting a value on nature once seemed at the forefront of progressive thinking, but in an interview with the Transnational Institute, Melissa Leach argues that it has instead turned into a wave of land grabbing.

20 June 2012: Q. and A.: The Dark Side to ‘Green’ Transactions, New York Times

STEPS director Melissa Leach is interviewed by Joanna M Foster for the New York Times about the appropriation of nature in the name of ‘green’ market initiatives.

20 June 2012: The dark side of the green economy: ‘Green grabbing’ by Melissa Leach, Al Jazeera

Melissa Leach blogs for Al Jazeera about fostering an agenda focused on distribution, equity and justice in green market arrangements.

18 June 2012: Homegrown solutions ‘crucial to sustainable development’  Scidev.net

Melissa Leach is interviewed by Ochieng Ogodo of Scidev.net in Rio about our new work on Transforming Innovation for Sustainability

18 June 2012: Rio+20 must make inclusive innovation stepping stone to a sustainable future, The Guardian

At Rio+20, Adrian Smith and Adrian Ely call for innovation that is inclusive in its process as well as its outcomes, considering the forms, depth and scope of this inclusion, and looking at the promise offered by grassroots innovation.

14 June 2012: Science and politics at Rio and beyond, Outreach magazine

In an article published by the Stakeholder Forum magazine Outreach, at Rio+20, Melissa Leach and Adrian Ely argue inclusive, democratic politics that respect the principles of  direction, diversity and distribution will be critical if SDGs are to build towards sustainable, fair futures.

14 June 2012: Science, politics and the post-Rio+20 agenda, Huffington Post

Melissa Leach and Adrian Ely write: “The really knotty politics about the role of science in securing a sustainable future of our planet will begin as soon as the Rio+20 Earth Summit ends.”

1 June 2012: The ‘Geeks’ Fight Back: Challenges for Science and Democracy, Huffington Post

Ian Scoones blogs for the Huffington Post about the nature of dissent, debate and deliberation in society about major technological and scientific issues, in this case, biotechnology.

4 May 2012: Edge of sustainability: why Rio+20 mustn’t ignore people on city fringe, The Guardian

As cities grow, so do the overlooked peri-urban areas. Rio+20 must ensure the poor don’t lose out from rapid urbanisation, write Fiona Marshall and Lyla Metha on Poverty Matters, the blog of the Guardian’s Global Development site.

2 May 2012: Supporting grassroots innovation: Facts and Figures, SciDev.net

Adrian Smith and colleagues Elisa Arond, Mariano Fressoli, Hernán Thomas and Dinesh Abrol explore grassroots innovations, their potential for development and challenges facing practitioners.

6 March 2012: Rio+20 and sustainable development goals, The Guardian

Why Rio+20 must not leave the politics out of sustainable development Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director, argues on Poverty Matters, the blog of the Guardian’s Global Development site that sustainable development goals won’t have a chance if the pre-summit debate pretends problematic politics don’t matter.

21 February 2012: Energy access ahead of Rio+20, the Guardian

Achieving universal energy access Rob Byrne and Jim Watson, STEPS energy domain convenors write on Poverty Matters, the blog of the Guardian’s Global Development site. Ahead of Rio+20, Rob and Jim say energy for all is a key development aim, but realising it will require a convergence of international aid, carbon finance and government spending, with political will and good governance.

3 January 2012: Rio+20 overview, The Guardian

It’s time for sustainable development Julia Day, STEPS communications manager, looks at the issues surrounding the June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) on Poverty Matters, the blog of the Guardian’s Global Development site

December 2011: Zimbabwe land reform research, BBC

STEPS co-director Ian Scoones worked on a project about land issues in Zimbabwe. The BBC covered the project:
BBC Radio 4 Crossing Continents programme on Farming Zimbabwe Reporter: Martin Plaut; Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith
BBC Radio 4From our own Correspondent’ piece by Martin Plaut.
BBC News Africa article Are Zimbabwe’s new farmers winning, 10 years on? By Martin Plaut, World Service Africa editor

Media coverage archive 2006-2011