‘SELF’ AND ‘THE OTHER’: A SENTIMENTAL EUROPEAN RESPONSE TO INDIA-CHINA

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre Member No meetings examining science in society are nowadays complete without reference to India-China. The meeting organised by ESRC’s Science in Society programme on ‘Innovation Culture or Anti-Science Britain?’ on 16 October was no exception. The hyphenated lumping together of two continent-size countries with vastly different histories, socio-economic background and…

DSA DAY 3: GLOBAL INNOVATION DISTRIBUTION

How radical is the change in the global distribution of innovation activities is the question up for discussion first this morning here at Sussex. The answer is “yes, no and I don’t know” says Martin Bell of SPRU Science and Technology Research here at the University of Sussex, who hopefully will explain a little about…

DSA DAY 2: SIR DAVID KING

The UK government’s chief scientific advisor Sir David King gave the conference gala dinner speech and raised a few hackles among the development studies fraternity.

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH CHINA

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Guangzhou, in South China, is one of the cities at the forefront of the country’s “ economic miracle”. The skyline is characterised as much by cranes and construction sites as by the high-rise towers which are already home to its thriving commerce. To what extent are Guangzhou’s innovators factoring…

FOOT-AND-MOUTH: TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS

By Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre member The new UK foot and mouth crisis highlights the need for the government to drag the veterinary medicines directorate into the 21st century, says Erik Millstone in a comment piece for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website.

Cotton farming in Hubei province

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member In Hubei Province, I was fortunate to be able to visit two villages and, with the help of an interpreter, talk to several local people about their perspectives on local agri-environmental conditions and the prospects for rural development. Whilst expressing their appreciation of some of the government’s policies, it…

STARTING WITH THE SEED – BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY

By JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member Each year, the 22nd of May is celebrated as the ‘International Day for Biological Diversity’. This year’s theme has been designated as ‘Biological Diversity and Climate Control’. The links between biodiversity and climate change run both ways: biodiversity is threatened by human-induced climate change but, biodiversity resources can reduce…

RISK IN INDIA: NEW CROP TECHNOLOGIES OR NEW DISEASE?

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member A deadly strain of disease has been identified as spreading fast across the wheat fields of Asia and Africa and scientists are worried that it could potentially cause mass starvation, according to new reports in the Indian and the UK press. The Hindu recently picked up on an article…

AAAS DAY 2: NEXT YEAR’S THEME

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007   The AAAS clearly sees itself as a global organisation, despite maintaining the ‘American’ bit it its title. To build on this year’s meeting theme of ‘Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being’ and reinforce its international credentials, the AAAS announced that the…

AAAS DAY 2: NEW UNIT OF MEASURE – “THE RUMSFELD”

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 In a wide-ranging lecture on “The Intersection of Burgeoning Human Populations and Natural Hazards, Caltech geologist Kerry Sieh introduced a new unit of measure today during a widely talked-about speech on earthquake preparedness. He explained that 1 “rumsfeld” (in honour of former US…