Books

Published: 17th February 2022

Book chapter in African Futures (pp. 101-110). Africa continues to face multiple uncertainties – climate chaos, food insecurity, migration flows, economic volatility, conflict, epidemic disease outbreaks, fragile governance and more. Indeed, it is these issues that dominate popular academic and media coverage of Africa. It’s all doom and gloom, disaster and catastrophe. The solution, so the…

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Published: 1st February 2022

Published by Routledge Edited by Ian Scoones, Marc Edelman, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Lyda Fernando Forero, Ruth Hall, Wendy Wolford and Ben White The rise of authoritarian, nationalist forms of populism and the implications for rural actors and settings is one of the most crucial foci for critical agrarian studies today, with many consequences for…

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Published: 13th January 2022

edited by Ian Scoones This book is a compilation of 20 articles emerging from researching Zimbabwe’s land reform since 2000. The book is organised into six themes: ‘experiences of land reform’, ‘political contestations’, ‘production and markets’, ‘environmental dynamics’, and ‘land reform in the wider context’. With a new introduction, the book pulls a large body…

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Edited By Lyla Mehta, Hans Nicolai Adam, Shilpi Srivastava Routledge – Pathways to Sustainability Series, Open Access order this book Read Open Access This book brings together diverse perspectives concerning uncertainty and climate change in India. Uncertainty is a key factor shaping climate and environmental policy at international, national, and local levels. Climate change and…

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Edited by Rasmus Lema, Margrethe Holm Andersen, Rebecca Hanlin, Charles Nzila Published by Routledge in the Pathways to Sustainability book series 16 November 2021 Read this book (Open Access) Buy a copy This book argues that renewable electrification in developing countries provides important opportunities for local economic development, but new pathways are required for turning…

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Edited By David Ludwig, Birgit Boogaard, Phil Macnaghten, Cees Leeuwis Published by Routledge in the Pathways to Sustainability book series 15 October 2021 Read this book (Open Access) Buy a copy This book develops an integrated perspective on the practices and politics of making knowledge work in inclusive development and innovation. While debates about development…

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Edited by Adrian Ely Routledge, Pathways to Sustainability Series (2021) Open Access Read/Download this book About this book Transformations to sustainability are increasingly the focus of research and policy discussions around the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the different roles played by transdisciplinary research in contributing to social transformations across diverse settings have been neglected in…

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T-Labs: A Practical Guide Using Transformation Labs (T-Labs) for innovation in social-ecological systems Pathways Network, September 2018 Between 2016 and 2018, the Pathways Network aimed to investigate new approaches for transformations to sustainability across different disciplines, cultures and contexts. The network carried out comparative research in six countries to explore how to work with local…

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Published: 15th July 2020

Edited by Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling Routledge, 2020 Open access This book is available as an Open Access e-book. Individual chapters can also be downloaded free of charge. Read the book Buy the book Related Articles COVID-19 and the Futility of Control in the Modern World Andy Stirling and Ian Scoones, Issues in Science…

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Published: 1st May 2020

The introduction is available as Open Access Chapter 14 is available as Open Access Buy a copy Examines the new challenges facing Africa’s pastoral drylands from large-scale investments and how this might affect the economic and political landscape for the regions affected and their peoples. More than ever before, the gaze of global investment has…

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Published: 3rd October 2019

by Lyla Mehta, Theib Oweis, Claudia Ringler, Barbara Schreiner and Shiney Varghese Pathways to Sustainability series £29.99 (paperback) Routledge, 2019 Buy this book About the book This book is the first comprehensive effort to bring together Water, Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) in a way that goes beyond the traditional focus on irrigated agriculture. Apart…

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Published: 2nd December 2019

By Hubert Schmitz and Ian Scoones Chapter in Global Challenges, Governance, and Complexity: Applications and Frontiers, edited by Victor Galaz Read this chapter Making the world more sustainable is the biggest challenge of our time. Views on ways forward differ greatly but tend to concur that transformations are urgent. History tells us that there are…

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Edited by Patrick Schröder, Manisha Anantharaman, Kartika Anggraeni, Timothy J. Foxon Published by Routledge, April 2019 Paperback: £23.99 Pathways to Sustainability book series Order this book Download a chapter Download the Accepted Manuscript (AM) of a chapter of the book. This document is Open Access and can be downloaded for free. Chapter 1: Sustainable lifestyles,…

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by Jeremy Allouche, Carl Middleton and Dipak Gyawali Earthscan/Routledge, April 2019 Buy this book Download a chapter Download the Accepted Manuscript (AM) of a chapter of the book. This document is Open Access and can be downloaded for free. Chapter 4: The Knowledge Nexus and Transdisciplinarity Download (PDF) Events The book was launched with an…

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This Routledge FreeBook highlights some of the major findings that have emerged over the last decade of the STEPS Centre’s research on health and disease. This new collection draws on four books in the series, together addressing three themes central to understanding how pathways to sustainability emerge in response to health and disease challenges. The…

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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 – with insights from across the STEPS Centre’s projects and themes. The series editors are Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling. For more information and to buy the books, visit the Routledge website. View and order online Freebooks…

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Published: 15th June 2017

edited by James Sumberg Published by Earthscan/Routledge, 2017 Buy this book Over the last decade there has been renewed interest in food security and the state of the global food system. Population growth, climate change and food price spikes have combined to focus new attention on the technologies and institutions that underpin the production and…

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Published: 5th May 2017

This Routledge FreeBook highlights some of the major findings that have emerged over the last decade of the STEPS Centre’s research on sustainable agriculture. Download this book It draws on four books which address three themes central to understanding how pathways emerge in agriculture, and how sustainability, is or indeed is not, generated. The three…

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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: 2nd February 2017

David Ockwell and Rob Byrne Routledge/Earthscan 2017 Buy this book Open Access content The following Open Access chapters from the book are available to read under a Creative Commons licence – Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND): Chapter 1: Beyond hardware financing and private sector entrepreneurship (PDF) Chapter 6: Learning from the Kenyan Solar PV Innovation History…

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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

Read the book Buy the book About the book 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. Innovation is increasingly invoked by policy elites and business leaders as vital for tackling global challenges like sustainable development….

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Published: 11th February 2016

Routledge/Earthscan, 2016 Edited by Kevin Bardosh Buy from the publishers 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….

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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 this book 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 climatic systems,…

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Published: 1st August 2015

By Ian Scoones Practical Action Publishing August 2015 An Open Access e-book is available. View/download Buy the book from Practical Action Publishing (price discount for limited period) Medios de vida sostenible y desarrollo rural (Spanish version) – buy from ICARIA The message of Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development is clear: livelihoods approaches are an essential…

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Edited by Melissa Leach Earthscan/Routledge, 2015 Buy this book 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…

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Published: 17th July 2015

edited by Phil Macnaghten and Susana Carro Ripalda Routledge/Earthscan, 2015 Buy this book 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…

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Published: 11th June 2015

You can download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 of this book, open access. Download Chapter 1 Buy this book 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 carbon…

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Published: 20th February 2015

Edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell Routledge/Earthscan, 2015 This book is available to read Open Access. Read this book Buy the book About this book 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…

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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

Routledge/Earthscan 2012 Published in the Pathways to Sustainability book series buy a copy 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…

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Published: 17th July 2012

This book is available to read Open Access from the publisher’s website. Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins Earthscan / Routledge, July 2012 Read this book Buy the book About the book This book gives a view of ‘development at the margins’ in the pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa….

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Published: 19th March 2012

Edited by James Sumberg and John Thompson Routledge, 2012 Buy this book 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…

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Published: 1st April 2011

Adrian Ely, Adrian Smith and Patrick van Zwanenberg Earthscan/Routledge, 2011 Buy this book About this book 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…

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Published: 1st March 2011

Linda Waldman Earthscan/Routledge, 2011 Buy this book About this book 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…

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Published: 1st June 2010

You can download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 4 of this book – An Alliance Around an Idea: The Shifting Boundaries of HarvestPlus Download Chapter 4 Buy this book About Biofortification – the enrichment of staple food crops with essential micronutrients – has been heralded as a uniquely sustainable solution to the problem of micronutrient…

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Published: 16th June 2010

You can download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 of this book, Open Access. Download Chapter 1 Buy this book 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…

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Published: 18th April 2010

Open access chapter You can download an Open Access chapter of the book for free. This is the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1: The International Response to Avian Influenza: Science, Policy and Politics, by Ian Scoones. Download (PDF) Buy this book About the book This book, edited by Ian Scoones, explores how virus genetics, ecology…

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Published: 1st April 2010

This book is available to download Open Access. Read the book 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…

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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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