Publications: Working Paper

  • The politics of zoonoses understanding and response

    Published on 25 March 2015 by Naomi Marks

    What drives differing responses to zoonotic diseases? Seven new working papers from the STEPS-led Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium consider understandings around ecosystems and health as they relate to four zoonoses in five countries in Africa in order to explore this issue. The papers investigate how understandings around ecosystems and health are always positioned and […]

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  • Rift Valley fever in Kenya: Policies to prepare and respond

    Published on 23 March 2015 by Erik Millstone

    STEPS Working Paper 82 Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a zoonotic infection incompletely understood by scientists, pastoralists and policy makers. The irregular intervals at which outbreaks occur make it difficult for governments to develop and implement clear intervention strategies. This paper provides an evidence-based analysis of some of the conditions under which the risks posed […]

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  • Lassa fever: The politics of an emerging disease and the scope for One Health

    Published on 11 March 2015 by Annie Wilkinson

    STEPS Working Paper 83 This paper explores the politics of knowledge and disease control for Lassa fever, a zoonotic viral haemorrhagic fever which is endemic in parts of West Africa. The Lassa virus has been classified as a Category A pathogen, meaning it is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous organisms and […]

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  • The political economy of One Health research and policy

    Published on 2 March 2015 by Melissa Leach

    STEPS Working Paper 81 ‘One Health’ has emerged over the last decade as a key concept guiding international research and policy in the field of emerging infectious diseases such as zoonoses. This paper explores the emergence of One Health and examines the political, economic and knowledge processes shaping who is doing what, where and why. […]

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  • Towards innovation democracy? Participation, responsibility and precaution in innovation governance

    Published on 13 February 2015 by Andy Stirling

    STEPS Working Paper 78 by Andy Stirling Download this paper (PDF) Innovation is about more than technological invention. It involves change of many kinds: cultural, organisational and behavioural as well as technological. So, in a world crying out for social justice and ecological care, innovation holds enormous progressive potential. Yet there are no guarantees that […]

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  • Responding to uncertainty: Bats and the construction of disease risk in Ghana

    Published on 12 February 2015 by Linda Waldman

    STEPS Working Paper 80 Zoonotic disease has gained international attention since the identification of avian and swine influenza, with academic focus on the modelling of disease emergence, and policy centring on disciplinary approaches of analysis. Recent scholarship has recognised that the conditions which encourage zoonotic diseases are both ecological and socio-political. The challenge lies in the […]

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  • Pathways Towards Sustainable Maize Production and Consumption in China: Prospects, Politics and Practices

    Published on 28 January 2015 by Adrian Ely

    STEPS Working Paper 72 Adrian Ely, Sam Geall and Yiching Song Download (PDF) China provides a stark and globally significant illustration of how changing patterns of food production and consumption are creating negative impacts on the environment. However, China’s rapidly growing innovation capabilities and dynamic pattern of development also offer unique opportunities for system innovation […]

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  • Low Carbon Innovation in Chinese Urban Mobility: Prospects, Politics and Practices

    Published on by David Tyfield

    STEPS Working Paper 71 David Tyfield, Dennis Zuev, Ping Li and John Urry Download (PDF) China represents a test-case of global significance regarding the challenges of urban mobility transition to more sustainable models. The country not only suffers the effects of air pollution, urban gridlock and more, but also is the site of significant government […]

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  • Pathways Towards Renewable Energy in China: Prospects, Politics and Practices

    Published on by Frauke Urban

    STEPS Working Paper 70 Frauke Urban and Sam Geall Download (PDF) China is not only the world’s largest energy consumer and greenhouse-gas emitter by volume, but also boasts the largest investment in renewable energy technologies, including solar, which are essential for a transition to a low-carbon society. How are two different pathways towards solar energy […]

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  • Low-Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practices

    Published on by David Tyfield

    STEPS Working Paper 69 by David Tyfield, Adrian Ely, Frauke Urban, Sam Geall, Dennis Zuev and John Urry Download (PDF) China’s potential transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient or ‘post-carbon’ society is a key concern for the world. There is an urgent need for better understanding of these processes, posing major challenges for social science […]

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