About Nathan Oxley

Communications Manager

Communications Manager

Nathan leads the communications and engagement work of the STEPS Centre. He is responsible for strategy and implementation for the Centre's digital projects and events, and works to build communications capacity across the Global Consortium hubs in Africa, Latin America, North America, South Asia, China and Europe. Nathan has worked since 2003 on sustainability communications in a variety of contexts, including business, civil society and academia.

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MANIFESTO: REPORT FROM NIGERIA ROUND TABLE

Adrian Ely writes: “I heard some inspiring talks at the second day of the ATPS conference, where 157 delegates from 32 countries (including the 23 in which ATPS has national chapters) have gathered to discuss “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation”…. A component of SET-DEV is the production of manifestos around…

MANIFESTO ON TOUR: KENYA

We’re off to Nairobi for two Manifesto events. The first is a day-long Roundtable, hosted by ACTS, on Friday. For the second, we’ll be joining the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa (theme: “Science and Technology Enterprises in Africa”), where we’ll be co-hosting a reception and a short roundtable next Tuesday. I’ll be posting…

INDIAN VILLAGERS FIGHT POOR WATER SERVICES BY DESIGNING THEIR OWN SYSTEMS

By Alankar and Bhagwati from Sarai Some poorer communities on the fringes of cities in India don’t get the best access to water, either because they’re not covered, or only partly covered by the formal state-provided water system. They are now fighting back by designing systems to get the resources they need. Photo: Self-designed drainage…

GUARDIAN VIDEO: MELISSA LEACH ON PAYING THE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

In the run up to the Copenhagen conference on climate change, here’s Melissa Leach from the STEPS Centre talking about how to pay the climate change bill. Payments from industrialised countries to developing countries are one method of footing the bill (for example, to help them reduce emissions or invest in clean technologies). But how…

REBOOTING DEVELOPMENT: PROF CALESTOUS JUMA

“Rebooting development: Innovation policy in the age of technological abundance” was the title of the 13th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture. It was hosted by SPRU on 7 October 2009. Calestous’ deep knowledge is obvious, as well as his passion for the role of technology and innovation in Africa. From the flier: “Developing countries are increasingly…

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON…

The Water Symposium’s all over now – photos from the symposium are on our flickr – but we’re still digesting some of the debates and discussions. For now, some highlights from Day One, which was mostly taken up by a healthy discussion on climate change: Kirsten Hastrup from Copenhagen University said that water is an…

NEW STEPS PUBLICATIONS: WATER REFORM AND VACCINES

We’ve just published two new Working Papers: one on Water reform in South Africa, the other on polio vaccine development. Photo: Growing vegetables near the Driekoppies dam, Lomati river by Synne Movik In policy discussions in post-apartheid South Africa, existing users were strongly protected, and redistribution to ‘historically disadvantaged individuals’ was seen as risky. The…

ELINOR OSTROM’S NOBEL PRIZE

By Lyla Mehta and Melissa Leach After a surprising Nobel Prize week, Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize award in Economic Sciences, shared with Oliver Williamson, is to be welcomed and celebrated. Photo: Elinor Ostrom courtesy of McGill University The Prize has been awarded for her analysis of economic governance, especially of resources held as commons, and…

ADRIAN SMITH ON ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Following Adrian’s post on his journey to Argentina, he’s added a new presentation from the trip to our Slideshare. If your Spanish isn’t up to scratch, it includes some great pictures from the history of the alternative technology movement. Nichos de tecnología alternativa: una perspectiva Europea

GRASSROOTS INNOVATION

By Adrian Smith It is imperative, in my view, that grassroots innovation does not become ghettoised into ‘technologies for the poor’. Last week I enjoyed a fascinating trip to Argentina, where I talked about grassroots innovation. The trip was made possible by the Argentine government’s Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI), whose new Quality of Life…