Join us for a Nexus methods workshop

Applications are invited for a Nexus Network workshop on Transdisciplinary Methods for Developing Nexus Capabilities led by STEPS Co-director Andy Stirling. The workshop will take a critical look the research challenge in addressing nexus issues, with interactions based on short panel interactions, with break-out groups and lots of room for discussion. The workshop at the…

45 years of Earth Day: transitions and transformations

It’s 45 years today since the first Earth Day. Plenty has happened since then to explore different pathways to sustainability – from big, high-profile international conferences and governance, to local activism and action, and all scales in between. This year, 2015, is a crunch year for science, environment and development agreements, with the COP21 climate…

STEPS-BNU Conference – Storify

←BACK TO CHINA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HOMEPAGE The story of the conference as it happens, collating resources and social media to help bring the event’s debates to life. [View the story “Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing China” on Storify]

Water rationing in Taiwan and California is not the start of a ‘global water crisis’

Political leaders and international experts are discussing the future of water resources management at the 7th World Water Forum in Korea, a forum that meets every three years to raise public awareness about water issues. But public awareness about water issues may already be at its high since Taiwan and California have put in place…

Global Soil Week: 5 blogposts on soil by Ian Scoones

This week, the Global Soil Week conference takes place in Berlin. It’s part of a series of activities across the globe in the International Year of Soils. In the past few weeks STEPS Director Ian Scoones has been reflecting on this vital resource in a series on his Zimbabweland blog. The articles look at some…

Greening Agrarian Studies

In honor of this year’s Earth Day, The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) is delighted to offer readers free access to a special virtual issue entitled ‘Greening Agrarian Studies’. “As the title suggests, this collection brings together 40 articles on various environmental themes that speak to critical agrarian studies,” said  Saturnino (‘Jun’) M. Borras Jr,…

A new tool to prepare for zoonotic surprise

A new website from the STEPS-led Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium illustrates how scenarios modelling can provide a new and vital new tool in the global health community’s toolkit. The site, at www.diseasescenarios.org, explores how this multidisciplinary approach can help shed light on the complex processes at play in determining disease risk – and…

Jeremy Allouche on BBC’s ‘Today’ Programme: Taiwan and global water reserves

STEPS member and IDS fellow Jeremy Allouche discussed global water reserves on this morning’s Today Programme on BBC Radio 4. The discussion comes in the context of Taiwan’s planned restrictions on water supplies to two of its cities. From the Today website: “The public’s water supply in two northern Taiwan cities will be stopped two…