Sustainability in Turbulent Times: Lessons from the Nexus Network for supporting transdisciplinary research

Final report of the Nexus Network, a network funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to support transdisciplinary research on Nexus and sustainability issues.

Why Peri-urban Ecosystem Services Matter for Urban Policy

This policy briefing draws on insights from the Risks and Responses to Urban Futures project. This briefing draws on recent research to show how people benefit from ecoystems in and around cities, and how these benefits can be integrated into urban planning and policy. There is a growing international consensus that cities must form the…

Pathways to Sustainability book series

Our flagship book series addresses core challenges linking science, technology and sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice. The series editors are Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling. For more information and to buy the books, visit the publisher’s website – Earthscan Routledge. Titles in the series include: Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment and Social Justice by…

Placards with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

New innovation approaches to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

During its 19th session held in May 2016, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) selected “New innovation approaches to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” as one of its priority themes for the 2016 – 2017 inter-sessional period. This Issues Paper has been prepared to assist the Commission in its…

Learning about ‘Engaged Excellence’ across a Transformative Knowledge Network

The ‘Pathways’ transformative knowledge network is an international group of research organisations, collaborating to explore processes of social transformation and to share insights across disciplines, cultures and contexts. Working across the domains of food, energy and water, the network is experimenting with new methods of research and engagement that both help to understand – and…

Grassroots innovation and innovation democracy

STEPS Working Paper 89 In this working paper we introduce an area of activity that has flourished for decades in all corners of the globe, namely grassroots innovation for sustainable development. We also argue why innovation in general is a matter for democracy. Combining these two points, we explore how grassroots innovation can contribute to…

Why Invisible Power and Structural Violence Persist in the Water Domain

IDS Bulletin Vol 47, No 5 (2016): Power, Poverty and Inequality (open access) This article argues that inequality in access to water and sanitation is largely caused and legitimised by different forms of invisible power that prevent universal access. It shows how invisible power combined with structural violence and experiences of unequal citizenship result in…

Grassroots innovation and innovation democracy (Briefing)

A briefing for the Friends of the Earth project Big Ideas Change The World Download this briefing (PDF) In this thinkpiece we introduce an area of activity that has flourished for decades in all corners of the globe, namely grassroots innovation for sustainable development. We also argue why innovation in general is a matter for…

The Politics of Sustainability and Development

This review examines the relationships between politics, sustainability, and development. Following an overview of sustainability thinking across different traditions, the politics of resources and the influence of scarcity narratives on research, policy and practice are explored. This highlights the politics of transformations and the way these play out under combinations of technology-led, market-led, state-led, and…

Building Innovation Systems for Climate Change Technology Transfer: Perspectives from East Africa

Climate Resilient Economies Programme Policy Brief 006/2016 African Centre for Technology Studies / STEPS Global Consortium Innovation systems are critical to technology transfer and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Innovation systems provide an important platform for conceiving and incubating climate technologies. In East Africa, various stakeholders have different views of what constitute a good…