CHINA RURAL REFORMS: WHAT IS A HOUSEHOLD?

ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member reports with our partners professor Ding Shijun and Dr Chen Chuanbo on the challenges of conducting research in China’s changing rural areas In rural transitional China many households include absentees who live and work in urban centres and send money back to their families in the village. These individuals are…

ANOTHER WORLD IS INEVITABLE?

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member, reports from the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Beijing Thirty years ago, the idea that the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) would be held in China would have been inconceivable, but the fact that civil society organisations from all across Europe, Asia and other areas of the world have come together…

RURAL REFORM IN CHINA: SETTING FARMERS FREE?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On the day that the UK has nationalised some of its biggest banking institutions, China has announced bold new proposals to free up the way 700 million peasants can use state-owned land. The plans, announced by the Communist Party yesterday via the Xinhua news agency, could allow farmers to…

MARIE JAHODA LECTURE: PROFESSOR JOHN BEDDINGTON

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The UK government’s chef scientific advisor, Professor John Beddington was here at Sussex University last night to deliver the 12th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture, hosted by SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research. With the theme Sustainability in a Changing World, Prof. Beddington said by the end of the lecture…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM 08: REFRAMING RESILIENCE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The annual STEPS Centre Symposium is underway here in Sussex with 70 delegates gathered to debate this year’s theme, Reframing Resilience. Despite the slightly cheeky title, there is a serious aim here – to explore some of the wider frontier challenges in the resilience field and try to make…

STEPS SEMINAR: BIOFUELS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member For presentation, podcast and photos from this event see the STEPS Seminars page: During the past few years, bio-energy and especially liquid biofuels have gone from being a topic for mostly technical researchers to full-blown controversy and front-page headlines. It has been implicated for exacerbating climate change rather than…

GM FOOD: SAFETY, SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY

STEPS member Adrian Ely has written an article on the regulation of genetically modified foods for “Food Ethics”, the magazine of the Food Ethics Council. Drawing on and extending upon work which focussed on the European food safety governance system (carried out with a team also including STEPS members Andy Stirling and Erik Millstone), Adrian…

WORLD WATER WEEK: SANITATION SCANDAL

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Sanitation was dubbed “one of the biggest scandals of all time” by the UN’s water chief this week as World Water Week got underway in Stockholm. At a time when billions of people live without sustainable access to safe drinking water or suffer ill health due to poor sanitation,…

WORLD WATER WEEK

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member At a time when billions of people live without sustainable access to safe drinking water or suffer ill health due to poor sanitation, when worsening food crisis battles bioenergy for land and water resources, and when global climate change is shaking the overall water balance, 2008’s World Water Week…

ANOTHER SIDE TO CHINA’S OLYMPIC DREAM

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member   The eyes of the world are focussed firmly on China as the Olympic Games get into full swing. A television audience of a billion souls witnessed the unrivalled razmatazz of Beijing’s opening ceremony in the space-age ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium, in a city seemingly full of dazzling architecture and…