Credibility across cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice, 6-7 February 2013, UK

Speakers include: Professors Anne Glover, Sir Robert Watson, Lidia Brito, David Spiegelhalter, Chris Whitty, Roger Pielke, Duncan Green and more. Tackling 21st century sustainability and development challenges requires the ‘best available’ scientific advice. But what is ‘best advice’ and how might this idea need to be re-thought? Many questions persist about how to build and…

Ghana: take 70,900 metric tons of frozen chicken, add politics

A billboard advertising chicken in Accra, Ghana. By alew on Flickr By Jim Sumberg and John Thompson Convenors, STEPS Centre Livestock project The well known expression – that [something] is ‘as likely as turkeys voting for Christmas’ – makes an intriguing and to date poorly understood link between poultry and electoral politics. But in some…

COP 18: Climate change resources

A range of resources relevant to the issues being discussed at COP18. Rapid environmental change and the key development challenges of alleviating poverty and inequity are inseparable and increasingly complex. The STEPS Centre’s work looks at how pathways to sustainability – linking environmental integrity with social justice – can be built in today’s complex, dynamic world. Investigating…

“Pastoralism” book launch, 29 November, London

On 29 November, we’re launching the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa with a panel debate and drinks reception in Central London, held in association with the Royal African Society. Book launchPastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones 29 November 2012London House Large…

Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic change at the margins

This book takes a fresh look at the livestock sector in the Horn of Africa. The region is often in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: drought, famine, conflict and suffering. But this is only part of the story. Looking at the regional centres and their hinterlands, where pastoralists operate, reveals a booming livestock…

STEPS Centre newsletter – autumn 2012

A bumper edition of the quarterly newsletter this autumn includes details of our upcoming annual symposium, Credibility Across Cultures, next year’s Summer School, a prestigious award win as well as work on the Post-2015 agenda, low carbon development, land-grabbing plus a lot more besides. Our newsletters aim to keep you up-to-date on the latest research, publications and events  from the STEPS…

New Andy Stirling presentations

A collection of presentations recently given by STEPS co-director Andy Stirling on: civil society and the direction of innovation; the implications of uncertainty for science policy; knowledge and innovation implications for climate geo-engineering; and social, ethical and cultural challenges for security research.

The new ‘security’ agenda in water, energy and food

On 26 October 2012 the STEPS Centre and SOAS ran a joint event to discuss the connections made between water, energy, food and climate, and the tendency to frame these issues in terms of ‘security’. The increasing references to a so-called water-energy-food ‘nexus’ reflects the understanding that vital resources are connected in fundamental ways. Although…

Land grabs: knowledge and resistance

by Nathan Oxley, STEPS Centre communications officer Shalmali Guttal from Focus on the Global South addresses the opening plenary The Global Land Grabbing II conference at Cornell last week brought together an impressive range of people with different disciplines, views and experience on large scale land deals – a phenomenon that’s erupted worldwide in the…

STEPS Centre wins award for contribution to public understanding of the social dimensions of science

The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) has awarded the ESRC STEPS Centre its prestigious new Ziman award for “the most innovative cooperation in a venture to promote the public understanding of the social dimensions of science”. The STEPS Centre was given the award for its Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New…