Exploring Pathways to Sustainability

Between 2006 and 2021, the ESRC STEPS Centre explored transformative pathways to sustainability with partners around the world. Browse this website to explore stories, learning resources, publications and more.

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Animated explainer: What are Pathways to Sustainability?

Learn about the STEPS Centre’s ‘pathways approach’ and how it’s been used in research and action.
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Stories of Change

Learn how the STEPS Centre has engaged with politics and policy, movements, social change, practical action and new ideas throughout its 15-year history.
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Free course: Pathways to Sustainability

Take the free online course to explore critical approaches to sustainability, with reading lists and lectures by the STEPS Centre team.
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Explore examples, case studies and publications about methods for opening up and broadening out pathways to sustainability.
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Browse our research to find relevant publications, projects and insights across key themes.
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Explore an archive of STEPS books, papers and briefings, with many open access titles.


Global consortium

Explore the work of the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium in six hubs around the world.
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Rivers of life


Read reflections about our work by partners and collaborators over the years.
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