INDIAN ELECTION: A STEPS TOWARDS CHANGES IN HEALTH PROVISION?

By BARUN KANJILAL, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur and member of the Future Health Systems consortia The 2009 parliamentary election in India meant a roller-coaster journey for the country in April and May of this year. The results are now out and the Congress Party, with a few other regional parties, has resurged with…

NEW APPROACHES TO MONITORING THE MDGs?

By KATHARINA WELLE, SPRU, DPhil student Calls for increasing transparency and accountability for water supply and sanitation have been voiced in different sessions at the Istanbul 2009 World Water Forum. But what does that mean and how can it be achieved? A key element behind increased transparency and equity is monitoring – be it in…

HOPE AND CHANGE FOR GLOBAL CITIZENS?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Will Obama’s Administration Make a Difference to Global Citizens? As President-Elect Obama becomes President Obama, Institute of Development Studies Director Lawrence Haddad explores what this means for global justice. “The American people largely elected Obama because they believe he has the best temperament and intellect to address domestic economic…

GOVERNING NANOMATERIALS AND OTHER EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES

By ADRIAN SMITH and PATRICK VAN ZWANENBERG, STEPS Centre members A recent report by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) on nanomaterials – reported extensively in the media – illustrates the challenges of governing innovation in emergent technologies. The RCEP recommend a system of adaptive innovation governance for dealing with the uncertain consequences…

OBAMA, LOOKING FORWARD WITH EXPECTATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member A week ago the western world felt like a different place. ‘Change’ and ‘hope’ were still slogans. Now, as the embers of Tuesday’s historic celebrations in Chicago’s Grant Park finally begin to die down, US president-elect Barack Obama is throwing himself into the nitty-gritty of forming a new government….

CHINA RURAL REFORMS: WHAT IS A HOUSEHOLD?

ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member reports with our partners professor Ding Shijun and Dr Chen Chuanbo on the challenges of conducting research in China’s changing rural areas In rural transitional China many households include absentees who live and work in urban centres and send money back to their families in the village. These individuals are…

AVIAN ‘FLU: THE POLITICS AND POLICY PROCESSES OF A GLOBAL RESPONSE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member When the potential of a flu pandemic derived from Avian Influenza emerged, alarm bells rang across the world. The prospect of a major public health catastrophe caused by the human-human transmission of so-called bird flu sparked considerable investment into developing surveillance and response systems for the disease. But how…

Rethinking regulation in China: decisions facing farmers

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member See more photos from this project on our Flickr site The oilseed flowering season is almost over in central China, and cotton planting has started. Farmers first grow seedlings in nursery patches on the sides of their fields, before transplanting to a larger area after oilseed has been harvested….

Rethinking regulation in China: Zhang’s seed shop

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member See more photos from this project on our Flickr site China’s new rural development campaign (Xīnnóngcúndianshi) was initiated in 2003 and has reshaped the agricultural sector in Hubei. Reductions in the public sector workforce led to redundancies in the central Chinese province, motivating several extension workers to move into…

STEPS SEMINAR: ANDREW JAMISON ON THE QUEST FOR GREEN KNOWLEDGE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read Andrew Jamison’s presentation Listen to the podcast of this seminar introduced by Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre To give the first STEPS Seminar of 2008 we are delighted to welcome Andrew Jamison of Denmark’s Aalborg University to SPRU this afternoon. He is here to talk about…