Applications are invited for a Nexus Network workshop on Transdisciplinary Methods for Developing Nexus Capabilities led by STEPS Co-director Andy Stirling. The workshop will take a critical look the research challenge in addressing nexus issues, with interactions based on short panel interactions, with break-out groups and lots of room for discussion.
The workshop at the University of Sussex, UK on 29-30 June 2015, will be shaped around two key questions: What different kinds and interconnections of method in contrasting contexts, form the most practical basis for enabling transformative action to address Nexus challenges? How can such encompassing Nexus methodologies best enable academic, government, business and civil society actors to develop appropriate skills, training and research capabilities?
Among those leading sessions at the workshop are Frances Harris, Nigel Gilbert, Henrietta Moore, Gary Kass, Andrea Cornwall, Tim Benton and John Gaventa. For the full programme see the Nexus Network website.
In the stimulus paper for the workshop, Professor Andy Stirling and colleagues from the Nexus Network set out the context for the Transdisciplinary Methods for Developing Nexus Capabilities workshop. Please take a look at the full paper before applying to take part in the workshop.
STEPS Centre methods portal
The STEPS Centre has been working on research methods that help ‘broaden out’ and ‘open up’ pathways to social, technological and environmental sustainability that favour the rights, interests and values of marginalised and excluded peoples.The suite of resources we are developing – drawing on our own work and that of others – can be used in interdisciplinary research concerned with the sustainability challenges associated with climate change, energy, pandemic disease, water scarcity, hunger, resilience, poverty and inequality.
Apply to take part in the workshop
We would like to invite around 60 people from research, business, policy and civil society organisations, to take part in the workshop and who come with an expertise and experience of interdisciplinary approaches. We anticipate a large amount of interest in this workshop which is why we ask you apply with some additional information to allow us to select the workshop participants. A priority will be placed on participants with experience in developing cross-disciplinary methods; to give a balance between sectors and to encourage early career participation.
The deadline for applications if 5 pm on Friday 8 May 2015. The Nexus Network will let you know by end of May if your application has been successful or if you have been added to the waiting list.
The STEPS Centre is a lead partner in Nexus Network, a new initiative bringing together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment.