EGYPT AND SUDAN: POLITICS AND WATER IN A NEW NILE STATE

Our STEPS Water Seminar on 22 February is with Ana Cascão from Stockholm International Water Institute, who’s recently returned from working in Egypt and Sudan. Ana is a political scientist with a particular interest in the politics of water in the Middle East and North-East Africa. Her main research topic is the hydropolitics in the…

WHAT DOES “ONE HEALTH” MEAN?

STEPS Centre researcher Paul Forster is blogging from the International One Health Congress in Melbourne. This is his second and final post from the Congress. Three full days on from its start on Monday (adding up to 38 hours of hard conferencing plus a further 38 hours of parallel sessions), the 1st International One Health…

ONE HEALTH, ONE WORLD?

Photo: SARS Mural, from Steel Monkey’s Flickr photostream (creative commons)STEPS Centre researcher Paul Forster is blogging from the International One Health Congress in Melbourne. This is the first of his posts from the Congress. “Are you from the human side, or the animal side?” The question came from a doctor – an epidemiologist – from…

SOLAR STOVES: MAKING THINGS PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE

Photo: Solar technology in the CIFRES carpark, by Adrian Ely By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor In the car park of the International Centre for Training and Research in Solar Energy (CIFRES) in Dakar, lie the remains of successive attempts to introduce solar technology into Senegal. Each day the researchers drink tea prepared in a…

DILEMMAS IN THE SEARCH FOR APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES

By Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre member This post is also available in Spanish at the Tecnologias Sociales blog. Observing national innovation policies around the world, one is struck by some recurring technological themes. Again and again, governments (and partners in business) seek innovation systems capable of exploiting information and communication technologies, bio-technologies, and nano-technologies. Diverse…

SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY: GATHERING MOMENTUM?

By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor The Science and Democracy World Forum is part of a growing movement responding to the challenges of sustainability and development. At this year’s event in Dakar, there are about 300 participants from 90 organisations across the world, with strong representation from the global South and a large number of…

FEEDING THE FUTURE? THE FORESIGHT REPORT ON FOOD AND FARMING

By John Thompson and Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture Co-Convenors A new report from the UK Government-commissioned study into Global Food and Farming Futures has called for urgent action to improve food security in the UK and around the world and to avert global hunger. The Foresight report on The Future of Food…

CALL FOR PAPERS: WATER AND SANITATION SYMPOSIUM 2011

The STEPS Centre’s Water and Sanitation Symposium on 22-23 March is entitled “Some for All? Pathways and Politics in Water and Sanitation since New Delhi, 1990”. We’ll be looking at the political economy and politics of water and sanitation in the 21 years since the publication of “Some for all rather than more for some”…

4 BIG CHALLENGES FOR WATER AND SANITATION

Photo: Map of sanitation in Ndeke village, Zambia, from the CLTS Flickr photostreamWe live in uncertain times. If you’re looking for something that embodies the changing and conflicting forces of politics, power, the environment and human relations, you can’t do much better than water. It’s a source of life, through drinking water and agriculture; and…