Impact story #2: From land grabs to the Anthropocene

A new impact story, From land grabs to the Anthropocene: exploring the politics of resources is the second in our series looking back at a decade of STEPS Centre research and engagement. This story looks at how STEPS intervened in debates on land grabbing following the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, and how our…

A new impact story, From land grabs to the Anthropocene: exploring the politics of resources is the second in our series looking back at a decade of STEPS Centre research and engagement. This story looks at how STEPS intervened in debates on land grabbing following the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, and how our…

Carbon Conflicts: A new book from STEPS

Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa, edited by Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones, examines the management of forests and carbon. Tackling climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our age. And this year is a crucial moment with the Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris in December 2015 to forge…

“Are you Reg?” The strange and mythical reality of ‘carbon’

Last night’s “Nature As Commodity” debate in Brighton discussed what happens when we treat ecosystems as commodities and ‘carbon’ as something to be traded and offset, among other things. I won’t try to summarise the debate (of which an audio recording will shortly be released), but here are some partial and subjective thoughts that emerged…

Political Ecologies of Carbon project researchers to speak at Green Economy in the South conference in July

Martin Kijazi and others from the STEPS Centre’s Political Ecologies of Carbon in Africa project will be speaking at the international conference “Green Economy in the South – Negotiating Environmental Governance, Prosperity and Development” in July. The conference takes place from 8-10 July 2014 at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. More information can be found…

Nature Not For Sale: Ian Scoones discusses biodiversity & communities

STEPS Centre Director Ian Scoones is on a panel at Nature Not For Sale: 2nd Forum on Natural Commons today in London. The forum brings together NGOs, academics, activists and the general public to respond to concerns about biodiversity offsetting, which the event organisers see as a flawed policy to allow wildlife to be destroyed…

Building pathways of pro-poor energy access

The misconception that developing countries can plump for either increasing access to energy, or low carbon development, but not both, is exploded in a paper presented by Dr Rob Byrne, STEPS Centre energy and climate change co-convenor, at the Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network’s (PEGNet) conference this week. Because conventional high carbon energy options…

Innovation Histories workshop, the Solar Home System market in Kenya

←BACK TO PRO-POOR LOW CARBON DEVELOPMENT   Innovation Histories briefing (PDF 226kb) Innovation Histories report Full report from the workshop (PDF 1,136kb) Photos from the Innovation Histories workshop Watch a TV interview with Kevin Urama of ATPS and Adrian Ely of the STEPS Centre speaking about social innovations on Kenyan TV programme The GMK Show,…

NEW INITIATIVE TO HELP DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ACHIEVE LOW-CARBON GOALS

By Julia Day Friday 13th; unlucky for some. But for a new initiative launching today, we hope the old proverb is wrong and the date will prove auspicious. The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) – being unveiled in London today – aims to help developing countries move towards low-carbon economies. The idea behind…

LOW-CARBON INNOVATION IN CHINA – QUESTIONING THE RULES OF THE GAME

By Dr Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member How do we create more low-carbon societies? It’s clear that “top down” and “bottom up” forms of innovation will both have a role to play, but what will be the balance between the two? A new report, “Game-changing China: Lessons from China about Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation” contains…