A range of resources relevant to the issues being discussed at COP18. Rapid environmental change and the key development challenges of alleviating poverty and inequity are inseparable and increasingly complex.
The STEPS Centre’s work looks at how pathways to sustainability – linking environmental integrity with social justice – can be built in today’s complex, dynamic world.
Investigating the effects of environmental change on the lives and livelihoods of the poor and marginalised is a common thread throughout our work. However some of our research concentrates on climate change and energy specifically.
With the COP18 UN Climate Change Conference being held in Quatar from 26 November to 7 December, we have brought many of our most relevant resources together in one place. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information, or to contact one of our experts.
STEPS energy and climate change convenor Rob Byrne will be at COP18 and is speaking on 2 Dec about Innovation Systems in Developing Countries. Read the related policy brief (on the Climate Strategies website).
Climate change research at the ESRC STEPS Centre
- Energy and Climate Change domain
With increasing access to modern energy services a key international development priority, the STEPS Centre believes a much broader and ambitious approach to energy and development is needed.
- Political Ecologies of Carbon in Africa
New deals and funding mechanisms aim to reduce emissions. One consequence of this is the growth of a market in carbon. This project examines the power, politics and perceptions of carbon in Africa as new schemes are planned and put into action.
- Uncertainty from Above and Below
How do people deal with uncertainty about the climate? Theories, models and diagrams from “above” may have little to do with the way how everyday men and women live with, understand and cope with uncertainty. This project brings together the views of people who study uncertainty, with the perspectives of people who experience it.
- Pro-poor, low carbon development
This project aims to improve the transfer and uptake of low carbon technologies in developing countries, and to do so in ways that can assist in their economic development.
- Rob Byrne, STEPS Centre energy and climate change convenor
Video: Rob Byrne talks about the STEPS Centre’s energy and climate change research
- Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director
Video: Melissa Leach on the STEPS Centre’s pathways approach
- Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director
Video: Ian Scoones talks about the political ecologies of carbon in Africa project
- Working Paper: Energy pathways in low-carbon development By Rob Byrne, Adrian Smith, Jim Watson and David Ockwell, STEPS Working Paper 46, Brighton: STEPS Centre, ISBN 978-1-78118-000-6
- Briefing: Energy Pathways in Low carbon development
- Briefing: Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
- Article: Green grabs and biochar: Revaluing African soils and farming in the new carbon economy by Melissa Leach, James Fairhead, James Fraser
- Article: Green grabbing: A new appropriation of Nature? By Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones, James Fairhead
- Special issue, Journal of Peasant Studies: Green Grabbing
- Special issue, Water Alternatives – Water grabbing? Focus on the (re)appropriation of finite water resources
- Working Paper: The Politics of Agricultural Carbon Finance: The Case of the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project by Joanes O. Atela
- Working Paper: Biocharred Pathways to Sustainability? Triple Wins, Livelihoods and the Politics of Technological Promise by Melissa Leach, James Fairhead, James Fraser, Eliza Lehner
- Briefing: Biochar: “Triple Wins”, Livelihoods and Technological Promise