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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,…

How to redefine innovation & development: an African perspective

This guest post is by Gillian M. Marcelle, STI policy and management scholar, writing in a personal capacity. Too often public policy debates on global issues get framed and defined in the global North, and the rest of the world is expected to fall in line and follow suit. In July 2014, the African Union…

‘Green Transformations’, Leonard Cohen and the Elephant

Guest blog by Marc Hudson, University of Manchester A lively debate about the near and long-term future of western civilisation took place [on Tuesday] in central London, at the launch of the book “The Politics of Green Transformations”.  The edited volume based on work of the STEPS centre, was the centrepiece of an event at…

GM report: Some nice recommendations, shame about the spin

The UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology has today released its long-awaited report on ‘Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution’. The ESRC STEPS Centre welcomes the moves made by the Committee – as reflected in the report title – to somewhat broaden out the original narrow terms of the…

STEPS blog: best of 2014

We can hardly believe it, but it’s nearly the end of 2014. To mark the occasion, the STEPS Centre communications team has picked 12 of our favourite blog posts by STEPS members, one from each month of the year. Choosing them has been a difficult task, as there’s been a lot to write about our…

Innovation choices in the face of uncertainty

Professor Andy Stirling writes chapter accompanying the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s inaugural report Sir Mark Walport recently launched his first ever annual report as UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Innovation: Managing risk not avoiding it. The accompanying evidence and case studies includes a chapter written by Professor Andy Stirling, Co-Director of the ESRC-funded STEPS Centre,…

The precautionary principle must be retained, unless we are willing to be reckless with our common future

Guest blog by Rupert Read I recently submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on GM food and the Precautionary Principle. Unfortunately, as you’ll see intimated at the outset of my remarks there, I have relatively little faith in the inquiry. It seems to me that the inquiry’s terms have…

Genetically modified rice plants

GM Food and the precautionary principle

“Precaution does not necessarily mean a ban. It simply urges that time and space be found to get things right.” Professor Andy Stirling, writing in the Guardian Overview The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee is carrying out an inquiry into genetically modified (GM) foods and the way in which these are regulated in Europe…

STEPS Centre Conference 2010 / Lance Bellers

ESRC Studentships: study with the STEPS Centre

The STEPS Centre is delighted to offer PhD training in association with the Sussex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, one of a network of 21 Doctoral Training Centres in the UK, set up by the Economic and Social Research Council to support the development and research training of postgraduate researchers. A grant of more than £3.5million from the ESRC together…

STEPS América Latina at the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network

By Mariano Fressoli, STEPS America Latina Between 13 and 15 October the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network held its first workshop in Nairobi. The objective of the workshop, organized and funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre, and supported by the University of Toronto and Kenya iHUB, was to kick-start the construction…