Books

Is rapid transition possible? Sometimes events or new knowledge throw up reasons why we must make change happen quickly. At the present moment, climate change and chronic social inequality seem to demand radical change – but what kind of changes will work, and how can they be achieved? This booklet collects stories of rapid transitions…

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Published: 29th August 2012

Our flagship book series addresses core challenges linking science, technology and sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice. The series editors are Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling. For more information and to buy the books, visit the publisher’s website – Earthscan Routledge. Titles in the series include: Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment and Social Justice by…

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Published: 2nd February 2017

This book, in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability series, looks at how countries could build innovation systems to provide sustainable energy for poor people, drawing on theories of innovation and empirical research in Kenya. The following Open Access chapters from the book are on the Routledge website: Chapter 1: Beyond hardware financing and private…

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Published: 11th February 2016

Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors given the complex socio-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of risk caused by unprecedented global connectivity and rapid social and environmental change demand new approaches. ‘One Health’ highlights the need for collaboration across sectors and…

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This book tells the story of Karhera, a village between Delhi and Ghaziabad in India, through photographs, maps and words. It was produced as part of an ESPA-funded research project on ‘Risks and Responses to Urban Futures’. The photos were taken and collected with the collaboration of local residents, and paper copies of the book…

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Published: 15th August 2016

This book, in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability series, looks at how six grassroots innovation movements around the world have developed and what challenges they face. Download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 (pdf, Open Access) Innovation is increasingly invoked by policy elites and business leaders as vital for tackling global challenges like sustainable…

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Published: 11th February 2016

Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors given the complex socio-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of risk caused by unprecedented global connectivity and rapid social and environmental change demand new approaches. ‘One Health’ highlights the need for collaboration across sectors and…

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Published: 13th June 2015

Africa has been at the centre of a “land grab” in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for “green” energy, and cheap land and water rights. But such land is often also used or claimed through custom by communities. What does this mean for Africa? In what ways…

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Published: 13th October 2015

By Stephen Whitfield  Routledge, 2016 Buy the book from Routledge Future climatic and agro-ecological changes in Africa are uncertain and associated with high degrees of spatial and temporal variability and this change is differently simulated within divergent climate-crop models and in controlled crop breeding stations. Furthermore, uncertainty emerges in local contexts, not just in response to…

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Published: 1st August 2015

By Ian Scoones Practical Action Publishing August 2015 Buy the book from Practical Action Publishing (price discount for limited period) The message of Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development is clear: livelihoods approaches are an essential lens on questions of rural development, but these need to be situated in a better understanding of political economy. The…

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For pathways to be truly sustainable and advance gender equality and the rights and capabilities of women and girls, those whose lives and well-being are at stake must be involved in leading the way. Gender Equality and Sustainable Development calls for policies, investments and initiatives in sustainable development that recognize women’s knowledge, agency and decision-making…

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Published: 17th July 2015

Although GM crops are seen by their advocates as a key component of the future of world agriculture and as part of the solution for world poverty and hunger, their uptake has not been smooth nor universal: they have been marred by controversy and all too commonly their regulation has been challenged as inadequate, even…

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Published: 11th June 2015

Download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 (pdf, Open Access) Order this book from the publishers (20% discount: use code DC361) Amidst the pressing challenges of global climate change, the last decade has seen a wave of forest carbon projects across the world, designed to conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in order to reduce…

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Published: 20th February 2015

Multiple ‘green transformations’ are required if humanity is to live sustainably on planet Earth. Recalling past transformations, this book examines what makes the current challenge different, and especially urgent. It examines how green transformations must take place in the context of the particular moments of capitalist development, and in relation to particular alliances. The role…

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Published: 1st June 2014

A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power, and industrial disasters; and challenges to livelihoods and values. Some of…

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Published: 9th August 2012

There has been a dramatic spread of health markets in much of Asia and Africa over the past couple of decades. This has substantially increased the availability of health-related goods and services in all but the most remote localities, but it has created problems with safety, efficiency and cost. The effort to bring order to…

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Published: 17th July 2012

This book gives a view of ‘development at the margins’ in the pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa. Edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones, Pastoralism and Development In Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins highlights innovation and entrepreneurialism, cooperation and networking and diverse approaches which are rarely in line with standard…

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Published: 19th March 2012

This book in our Pathways to Sustainability series looks at the how debates in crop and land science have changed in the last 40 years, through a series of case studies from the developing world. The dramatic increases in food prices experienced over the last four years, and their effects of hunger and food insecurity,…

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Published: 1st April 2011

Examining the regulation of technologies, this book explores how the drive to harmonize regulatory policies across the world is at odds with the increasingly diverse local settings in which they are implemented. The authors use a ‘framings’ approach that starts with the concerns and experiences of technology users and works ‘upwards’ in order to examine…

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Published: 1st March 2011

Around the world, asbestos-related diseases are on the increase. Meanwhile, in many newly-industrialising and developing countries, asbestos use continues unabated. This book, based on anthropological fieldwork in the UK, India and South Africa, explores people’s understandings of their illness, risk, compensation and regulation, contrasting these personal and community narratives with formal medical and legal understandings….

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Published: 1st June 2010

Download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 4 – An Alliance Around an Idea: The Shifting Boundaries of HarvestPlus (pdf, Open Access) Order this book from the publishers Biofortification – the enrichment of staple food crops with essential micronutrients – has been heralded as a uniquely sustainable solution to the problem of micronutrient deficiency or ‘hidden…

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Published: 16th June 2010

Download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 (pdf, Open Access) Order this book from the publishers Recent disease events such as SARS, H1N1 and avian influenza, and haemorrhagic fevers have focussed policy and public concern as never before on epidemics and so-called ’emerging infectious diseases’. Understanding and responding to these often unpredictable events have become…

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Published: 18th April 2010

This book, edited by Ian Scoones, explores how virus genetics, ecology and epidemiology intersect with economic, political and policy processes in a variety of places – from Bangkok to Washington, to Jakarta, Cairo, Rome and London. Over the past decade, substantial resources have been spent on tackling avian influenza and building a global capacity for…

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Published: 1st April 2010

Linking environmental sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice, and making science and technology work for the poor, have become central practical, political and moral challenges of our times. These must be met in a world of rapid, interconnected change in environments, societies and economies, and globalised, fragmented governance arrangements. Yet despite growing international attention…

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Published: 11th November 2009

Through a selection of posters from around the globe, this book tells the story of how public health campaigns have evolved in the last 60 years. It includes an introduction on Vaccination by Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director. You can download the book free from the WHO website.  

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Published: 27th June 2009

This book chapter offers preliminary evidence concerning the existence of dark earth analogues in one part of West Africa and uses this to probe the historical and ecological arguments that have to date been used to draw strong contrasts and distinctions between Amazonian and African agro-ecological practices – contrasts that have to date restricted interest…

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Published: 20th October 2007

NGOs today, as part of civil society, have come to play a prominent role in South Asia in the context of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). This book examines the theory and practice of NGO-driven CBNRM within the framework of emerging critiques of dominant discourses of development, the micro-politics of decentralisation and the projection of…

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Published: 12th September 2007

Vaccine Anxieties explores how parents understand and engage with childhood vaccination in contrasting global contexts. This rapidly advancing and universal technology has sparked dramatic controversy, whether over MMR in the UK or oral polio vaccines in Nigeria. Published by Earthscan.

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Published: 1st January 2003

Edited by Frans Berkhout, Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones This book by leading researchers presents a critical review of debates in environmental social science over the past decade. Three broad areas are covered in ten chapters: the problems of scientific uncertainty and its role in shaping environmental policy and decisions; the development of institutional frameworks…

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