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Backgrounder: Veterinary Science, Transboundary Animal Diseases and Markets

Contexts Contexts for southern Africa’s livestock production systems are fast changing. A wider group of producers, including smallholders, are demanding access to markets and the privileged position of large scale ranching is being questioned. Subsidies have been slashed and development efforts have concentrated increasingly on broader-based growth objectives. At the same time, preferential trade agreements…

Backgrounder: Avian ‘flu: the politics and policy processes of a global response

Framing policy: the case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) The central focus of this project is an analysis of policy framings and the way different actors, networks and interests coalesce around these. The project asks what are the dominant framings of the problem – and what responses do these result in? Through an assessment…

“Seminar” special issue: Knowledge Society

The STEPS Centre held events in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi from 5-13 January 2009 to discuss the Knowledge Society. “Seminar” special issue The Indian journal Seminar devoted a special issue to the issues discussed at the Knowledge Society Debates. Links to individual articles in the issue: THE PROBLEM Posed by Shiv Visvanathan, social science nomad…

Media Centre

World-class scientists from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium are available for interview and to comment on the science of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, the poverty impacts of these diseases and the implications for policy making. Blogs and media coverage Below is a selection of our blogs and media coverage: For blogs and…

CONCLAVE OF AFRO-ASIAN YOUNG SCIENTISTS: GEOENGINEERING – THE STUFF OF HOLLYWOOD

By Harriet Le Bris, STEPS Centre member When I first heard about geoengineering at last year’s STEPS Centre Symposium, my mouth dropped open as I stared in disbelief at the PowerPoint slides that flashed up like scenes from a sci-fi B-movie. So I was thrilled to see in the programme that the first session at…