Health markets: Gerry Bloom and David Peters in Nature

Gerry Bloom, STEPS health convenor and David Peters (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) have a comment piece in Nature today, on the challenge of unregulated health markets in the developing world. “Bringing order to unruly health markets is a major challenge. Yet the problem is largely ignored by governments and international agencies. The…

Pastoralism: the hidden story of development in the Horn of Africa

Our new book Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins explores the hidden story of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa. The latest volume in our Pathways to Sustainability book series, it contains 20 chapters on empirical research on the current state of pastoralism; it is edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind…

Green Grabs explained: radio interview with Melissa Leach

Last week, our director Melissa Leach was interviewed about green grabs – the appropriation of land for environmental ends – by Brent Bambury of the Canadian station CBC Radio. Here’s a direct link to the interview, and you can stream the audio below, after the jump. Green grabs: appropriating nature – STEPS Centre website

Harnessing diversity across the global innovation system: a key challenge post Rio+20

By Adrian Ely, Head of Impact and Engagement, STEPS Centre Technology and innovation feature prominently in what looks likely to be the final outcome document from Rio+20, however the diversity of new ideas that can contribute to sustainable development remains underappreciated. Mark Stafford-Smith, co-chair of the ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference that was held in London…

Opening up Sustainable Development decision-making at the UN?

By Adrian Ely, in Rio de Janeiro The Rio+20 conference has been enriched by a process to engage civil society  the Rio+20 Dialogues forSustainable Development.  While innovative and pioneering approaches like this should be encouraged, there is much room for improvement in the future. The Rio Dialogues were initiated in April by the Government of…

The slippery nature of ‘water grabbing’

Large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural investment, popularly known as ‘land grabbing’, have recently attracted headline attention.  But the implications of these land grabs for water resources have stayed out of the spotlight until now.  A special issue of the journal Water Alternatives, with a focus on water grabbing, contains 14 new articles which draw on…

Video: listening to different views on sustainability

To mark the week of the Rio+20 conference, our funders ESRC have produced a series of short films looking at what social sciences are contributing to environmental research across a range of areas – from consumer habits and employment, to poverty and global development. “Sustainable world” features STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach, explaining how the…

Where is the green economy? Audio interview with Tim Jackson

Here’s a treat for those looking for Rio+20 listening material: an interview with Prof Tim Jackson (author of Prosperity without Growth), talking about the future of the green economy. The interviewer is Adrian Ely, Head of Impact and Engagement at the STEPS Centre. Where is the green economy? An interview with Professor Tim Jackson by…

Transforming innovation for sustainability

A radical new approach to science and innovation is urgently needed to steer us within planetary boundaries and secure human wellbeing, fostering diverse types of innovation and empowering the grassroots creativity of poorer people. As the world gears up for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, many are pinning hopes on a set of sustainable development goals…

Press release: Single-track sustainability ‘solutions’ threaten people and planet

Fostering grassroots innovations and empowering the creativity of marginalized groups can boost sustainability The targets, indicators and approaches being used to pursue progress towards sustainable development at Rio+20 are counter-productive, say scientists in a new paper. Goals focussing on one-track scientific solutions to the most urgent sustainability problems fail to respond to the uncertainty and…