The STEPS Centre’s research projects are carried out with a network of partners around the world. Our projects are cross-cutting – they don’t sit purely within one domain, but have relevance across two or more of our domains (agriculture/food; energy/climate change; health/disease; water/sanitation). On this website, projects are listed under the various domains to which they are relevant.
We also have a number of affiliate projects, which are not led by the STEPS Centre, but either include some of our members or have a strong resonance with our work. These are listed on the relevant domain pages.
Animal disease: Comparing responses to BSE in the UK with Rift Valley Fever in Kenya
Avian flu: The politics and policy processes of a global response
Bats, framing & the construction of risk in Ghana
Biochar: Biochar and Anthropogenic Dark Earths in West Africa
Biosafety: GM and regulation in Kenya & the Philippines
Biotechnology: Biotechnology Research Archive
Carbon: Political ecologies of carbon in Africa
Dams: securitization, risks and the global water-energy-food nexus
Grassroots Innovation: Historical & comparative perspectives
Governing the Land-Water-Environment nexus in Southern Africa
Epidemics: Pathways of disease and response to global and national epidemics
Environmental health: Transitional spaces and (in)formality
Maize: Environmental change & maize innovation in Kenya
Livestock: Poultry and the ‘Livestock Revolution’ in Ghana
Intensifications: Disease and livestock in China
Peri-urban: sustainability in South Asian cities
Risk: Risk, uncertainty & technology in India
Regulation: Seeds and drugs in China & Argentina
Uncertainty from below in urban & rural India
Urban Futures: Ecosystems, livelihoods and poverty in South Asia
These projects are ones where STEPS participates, but is not the lead partner in the project.
Online training for researchers on health systems & services, working with universities in Sub Saharan Africa.
Online training for researchers on health systems & services, working with universities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries in Asia.
Exploring how international life science collaborations deal with ‘differences’between research institutions in countries in the West and Asia.
Project looking at ways to govern and regulate climate geoengineering, with a focus on sustainability and social justice.
What are the conditions for innovation for climate-compatible development in different categories (the emerging industry, the rising middle class, the base of the pyramid) in developing countries?
Does networking between small-scale, sustainable energy, community-led projects in the UK assist in the innovation of community energy? If so, how?
Understanding the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Understanding the dynamics of how new technologies emerge, using case studies from the biomedical sector.
DFID-funded consortium looking at the political economy of agricultural policy in Africa, including in climate change, land, innovation, commercialisation, social protection and other themes.
DFID research consortium exploring ways to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor, focusing on a number of countries in South Asia, China and Africa.
How governance can deliberately resist and counter the interests of powerful incumbent actors to consolidate their own favoured pathways, including in nuclear power and other technologies.
A collection of projects analysing grassroots innovations for sustainable development.
A new STEPS affiliate project developing the scientific basis and participatory management processes by which groundwater resources can be used sustainably for poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Analysing the changing ways in which people in Bangladesh find information about health as telephones, the internet, and other media become more prevalent.
Looking at the links between ideas of IWRM as constructed at global and European levels, and how they are practiced in eastern and southern Africa.
Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDC), including examining the history of the adoption of solar home systems in Kenya.
This project seeks to explore the extent, nature and social implications of low-carbon transitions in China, a key concern for the whole world. It is an international collaboration between researchers in the UK and at leading institutions in China.
Analysing the politics of providing a ‘protective space’ for three innovation pathways in the UK and Netherlands: photovoltaic cells, offshore wind, and carbon capture and storage.
Exploring the disease risk thought to be accompanying changing pig production and consumption patterns in Myanmar.
Developing and distributing MCM – an interactive, multi-criteria appraisal method for exploring contrasting perspectives on complex strategic and policy issues.
Looking at the social and technical implications of using Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to treat domestic wastewater in different settings.
Exploring how, why and to what extent China, India and Brazil are enabling the transition to low carbon energy systems in southern Africa, focusing on clean and renewable energy projects in South Africa and Mozambique.
A collaborative project across many UK universities, looking at how civil society organisations are seeking to destabilise unsustainable food production systems in the UK and establish more sustainable alternatives.
Looking at challenges for trade, food safety, animal health and sustainability posed by transboundary animal trading and the ‘Livestock Revolution’ in Southern Africa.