NO SHIT! IT’S WORLD TOILET DAY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Nevermind the headline, what’s important about the 19 November is that it’s World Toilet Day – a day to focus on the humble, yet vitally important, toilet, and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. (Photo: CLTS, Bangladesh) And crisis it is: 2.6 billion people – half the…

FT REPORT ON THE THREE GORGES DAM

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The Financial Times today has a special report by Jamil Anderlini on the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province, China. The report covers several of the issues raised in an earlier blog following my visit to the dam in June, arguing that the environmental and social impacts of the…

BEIJING: GLOBAL FORUM FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The world is likely to fail to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals related to health, the head of the World Health Organization said this week at the Global Forum for Health Research.Speaking at the annual conference in Beijing, Margaret Chan said a rise in funding for research…

MANAGING FOOD SYSTEMS FOR RESILIANCE AND SECURITY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Polly Ericksen of Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University is here at IDS today to give a STEPS Centre seminar asking: Will managing food systems for resilience maker us more food secure? Photo: Polly Ericksen at the STEPS Centre seminar…

‘SELF’ AND ‘THE OTHER’: A SENTIMENTAL EUROPEAN RESPONSE TO INDIA-CHINA

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre Member No meetings examining science in society are nowadays complete without reference to India-China. The meeting organised by ESRC’s Science in Society programme on ‘Innovation Culture or Anti-Science Britain?’ on 16 October was no exception. The hyphenated lumping together of two continent-size countries with vastly different histories, socio-economic background and…

POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE IN SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-TECHNICAL TRANSITIONS

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg brought forward cross-cutting commitments to a ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable production and consumption systems (i.e. environmentally sound and socially just). An increasing number of governments, businesses and civil society groups are considering how reformed governance might bring such…

REFLECTIONS ON THE DSA: DIFFERENCES LAID BARE

By LYLA MEHTA, STEPS Centre member The conference laid bare the ideological and socio-political differences between the promotion of elite institutions and supervised learning as opposed to unsupervised and more organic forms of experimentation and learning in technological innovation. We had an overdose of the former with the presentations on the Millennium Project and the…

DSA DAY 3: IT’S A WRAP-UP

And as we draw to a close at DSA 2007, we have a diverse set of panellists to give us some reflections on this year’s conference. And they are quite controversial reflections: “It’s like being in groundhog day,” says the DSA’s own president. Joachim Voss, director-general at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Columbia…

DSA DAY 3: RETHINKING RISK & REGULATION

The final plenary session of this year’s DSA sees Sheila Jasanoff of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, founder of the Science and Democracy Network and a STEPS Centre Advisory Board member talking on one of her specialist subjects – rethinking risk and regulation. (Photo: Sheila Jasanoff) Jasanoff, fresh off a plane from Boston, quips…

DSA DAY 3: STEPS PANEL 4 – BIOTECHNOLOGY ‘PRO-POOR CONSENSUS’

Examining the ‘pro-poor consensus’ on biotechnology: a moveable boundary between public and private is the subject for the final STEPS panel session. (Photo: Glover, Brooks, Ely) The three STEPS members taking part in the panel this morning span several aspects of Centre’s work: STEPS Research Officer and IDS DPhil student Sally Brooks, STEPS Research Fellow…