The Nexus Network

The STEPS Centre is a lead partner in The Nexus Network, an ESRC-funded initiative which brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment. Follow the links below to jump directly to sections on this page: About | Resources | Reading   Events…

New Manifesto

Go to the New Manifesto website In 1970 a radical document called The Sussex Manifesto helped shape modern thinking on science and technology for development. Forty years on, what kind of science and technology for development Manifesto is needed for today’s world? In 2010 the STEPS Centre launched Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto with…

Urban meets rural as a woman herds goats as the Tansi Nagar subdivision grows nearby.

Pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in India and Kenya

Towards a Relational Approach to Agency for Mapping Pathways Into and Out of Poverty Date: October 2016 – April 2019 Pathways into and out of poverty are complex. In the 21st century, global poverty is compounded by climate change, conflict and inequality, as well as social exclusion by gender, race, and class. This project aims…

Market-based mangrove afforestation and reforestation in Kenya and India

Dates: April 2016-April 2017 Mangroves are valued by different people in diverse ways – as places to fish, sources of fodder, protection against storms or tides, sites of tourism, or as part of ecosystems and the carbon cycle. Many mangroves are threatened by changes in the environment and the demands made on them by people…

The political economy of state-led transformations in pro-poor low carbon energy

Date: April 2016-April 2017 The Paris Agreement and other global processes have mobilised trillions of dollars of new funding for low carbon energy. Much of this effort has been in improving technology (or hardware) and finance.  Political and socio-cultural dimensions have been neglected, and low income countries have so far gained only little benefit from…

Pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in India and Kenya

Towards a Relational Approach to Agency for Mapping Pathways Into and Out of Poverty Date: October 2016 – April 2019 Pathways into and out of poverty are complex. In the 21st century, global poverty is compounded by climate change, conflict and inequality, as well as social exclusion by gender, race, and class. This project aims…

The political economy of state-led transformations in pro-poor low carbon energy

Date: April 2016-April 2017 The Paris Agreement and other global processes have mobilised trillions of dollars of new funding for low carbon energy. Much of this effort has been in improving technology (or hardware) and finance.  Political and socio-cultural dimensions have been neglected, and low income countries have so far gained only little benefit from…

Market-based mangrove afforestation and reforestation in Kenya and India

Dates: April 2016-April 2017 Mangroves are valued by different people in diverse ways – as places to fish, sources of fodder, protection against storms or tides, sites of tourism, or as part of ecosystems and the carbon cycle. Many mangroves are threatened by changes in the environment and the demands made on them by people…

Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa

Project dates: 2011-2016 Over the past few decades, more than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting people have had their origin in wildlife or livestock. As well as presenting a threat of global disease outbreak, these zoonotic diseases quietly devastate lives and livelihoods. From 2011-2016, the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium undertook a major…

Transitions to Agroecological Food Systems

This project examines potential pathways for transitioning to more sustainable food systems in order to contribute to improved ecological, economic, social and nutritional outcomes. The project draws on the principles and practices of agroecology. It looks at the potential and constraints of agroecology in three countries: Nicaragua, Senegal and the UK. Dates and funding This…