Publications: Briefing

  • CRIBs (Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders) A powerful new focus for international climate technology policy

    Published on 9 December 2014 by David Ockwell

    STEPS Briefing (to accompany Working Paper 76) by David Ockwell and Rob Byrne Download this briefing One of the most powerful boosts to addressing climate technology transfer and development under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came in October 2014 at a meeting convened by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) on strengthening National […]

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  • The Politics of Delivering One Health

    Published on 17 November 2014 by Steps Admin

    Diseases that affect people and have their origins in animals (zoonoses) have the potential to cause social, political and economic upheaval, often with little warning. Witness 2014’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as recent avian (H5N1) and swine (H1N1) flu pandemics. Other zoonoses less dramatically, but with wider impact, quietly devastate lives and […]

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  • The political economy of low carbon energy in Kenya

    Published on 3 March 2014 by Steps Admin

    Climate Compatible Development in Kenya Is it possible for Kenya to simultaneously tackle energy poverty, contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce exposure to climate vulnerability? There is growing international focus on how to support more integrated approaches to addressing climate change in ways that capture synergies and minimise the trade-offs between climate change mitigation, […]

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  • Low carbon energy and development in low-income countries

    Published on 19 February 2014 by Rob Byrne

    This briefing summarises insights from the Low Carbon Development project. Sustainable energy technologies could contribute significantly to human development and economic growth in low-income countries. Public policy has an important role to play in fostering the markets for these technologies. This briefing summarises key policy lessons from historical research explaining the success of the market […]

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  • Zoonoses research updates

    Published on 12 November 2013 by Melissa Leach

    The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium is bringing together natural and social scientists to understand four neglected zoonotic (passed from animal to human) diseases in five African countries: henipavirus infection in Ghana; Rift Valley fever in Kenya; Lassa fever in Sierra Leone; and trypanosomiasis in Zambia and Zimbabwe. These five research updates, one for […]

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  • Climate change and uncertainty from below and above

    Published on 2 October 2013 by Steps Admin

    In India, as part of the Uncertainty from Below and Above project, the STEPS Centre is working with leading research institutes – the Institute of Health Management Research, Kolkata; Sarai of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; and the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, Gujarat – in locations with distinctive ecological […]

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  • Innovation Histories Workshop on the Solar Home System Market in Kenya

    Published on 18 July 2013 by Rob Byrne

    This report presents proceedings of an innovation histories workshop on the Solar Home System (SHS) Market in Kenya. The workshop was held on 3 June 2013 at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi Kenya s part of the Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Stakeholders […]

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  • Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

    Published on 3 June 2013 by Rob Byrne

    Available in English and Kiswahili, this short, non-technical briefing outlines the aims, rationale and approach of the Low Carbon Development project. The project is a partnership between the University of Sussex (including the STEPS Centre, Sussex Energy Group and Tyndall Centre) and the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), in Kenya. Using the case study of Solar Home […]

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  • Zoonoses: from Panic to Planning

    Published on 28 January 2013 by Melissa Leach

    This Rapid Response briefing from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium sets out recommendations for a new, integrated ‘One Health’ approach to zoonoses that moves away from top-down disease-focused intervention to putting people first. Over two thirds of all human infectious diseases have their origins in animals. The rate at which these zoonotic diseases […]

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  • Swine flu: what went wrong?

    Published on 8 January 2013 by Steps Admin

    Although the H1N1 ‘swine flu’ pandemic of 2009-10 was less severe than anticipated, the event revealed weaknesses in the world’s current configuration of planning for and responding to pandemic influenza, according to new research outlined in this briefing. Science, public health policy makers and people worldwide were confounded by the uncertainty, complexity and politics inherent […]

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