Conference: Resource Politics 2015

This year’s STEPS Centre conference, Resource Politics: transforming pathways to sustainability, took place from 7-9 September 2015 at the Institute of Development Studies.

Plenary speakers include Rohan D’Souza, Betsy Hartmann, Melissa Leach, Johan Rockström, Michael J. Watts and Myint Zaw.

Materials from the conference are now online, including a Storify, graphic panels, photos and blog posts.

View the conference materials


In the build up to the confirmation of the post-2015 sustainable development goals, the politics of resource access, allocation and distribution are high on global policy agendas.

As we seek pathways to sustainability that assure both environmental integrity and social justice, now is a critical time to ask tough questions about the politics of resources.

This conference will present research from varied places and settings, revealing multiple pathways of change. It will link conceptual and theoretical challenges with institutional and practical dimensions.

ResourcepolprogVisit the conference website

For programme information, conference papers, blogs and updates, visit:


The full programme is now available as a downloadable file. Copies of the programme will be given to participants on arrival.
Download the conference programme (pdf)

Additional events
STEPS Seminar: ‘Resource Politics: Future Directions’ 11 September at 1-2.30pm, Institute of Development Studies

Join in on Twitter

Use the hashtag #resourcepol or follow @stepscentre for conference updates.

Blog posts

The politics of Nature in the Anthropocene Kathleen McAfee, San Francisco State University

Who writes climate change reports? Esteve Corbera, (ICTA-UAB, Spain)

Have oil companies learned from the Niger Delta crisis? Jeremy Lind, IDS

Resource Politics: living in the anthropocene Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre

Green Economy and the growth fetish: what are the alternatives? Kathleen McAfee, San Francisco State University


Our Storify tells the story of the conference through tweets, pictures and links.