The ESRC STEPS Centre is seeking to address the many different impacts that climate change has on peoples’ lives and livelihoods in sustainable ways that work for people and planet, using their own knowledge and expertise through our research with partners around the world.
The COP19 United Nations summit on climate change in Warsaw, Poland (11-22 November 2013) played a key role running up to crunch negotitaions in Paris in 2015, where a new global climate deal will be agreed.
The STEPS Centre’s energy and climate change co-convenor Rob Byrne took part in a side event at COP19 exploring how the Technology Mechanism can deliver green growth that better meets the needs of lower income countries.
A selection of our key resources on the impact of climate change on poor and marginalised people in developing countries are gathered here:
- 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.
- Environmental Change and Maize Innovations in Kenya
In East Africa, maize is an important staple crop, a vital part of food security. This project examined the various options for farmers in the region – from choosing alternative crops, to using new techniques or technology. It looked at how farmers and others see and make these choices in the context of climate change, uncertain markets and changes in land use.
- Low Carbon Innovation in China This project explores the extent, nature and social implications of low-carbon transitions in China, a key concern for the whole world.
- Working Paper: Energy pathways in low-carbon development By Rob Byrne, Adrian Smith, Jim Watson and David Ockwell
- 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)
- Journal article: Enabling adaptation? Lessons from the new ‘Green Revolution’ in Malawi and Kenya Sally Brooks
- Article: Green grabbing: A new appropriation of Nature? By Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones, James Fairhead
- Resources collection: Green-grabs
- 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
- A push for pro-poor low carbon development Julia Day
- When global climate change politics meets African agriculture Joanes Atela
- World Social Science Report 2013: Navigating pathways in the safe and just space for humanity Melissa Leach
- Building pathways of pro-poor energy access Rob Byrne
- Getting series on climate action: why science is never enough Tom Tanner
- Exposing the political journey of climate change evidence from Exeter to Africa Stephen Whitfield
- Rob Byrne, STEPS Centre energy and climate change co-convenor Video: Rob Byrne talks about the STEPS Centre’s energy and climate change research
- David Ockwell, STEPS Centre energy and climate change convenor