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…

STEPS SEMINAR: BILL ADAMS ON THE POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF CONSERVATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Listen to the podcast of Bill Adams’ STEPS Seminar Read Bill Adams’ presentation The author of many seminal works on green development, Bill Adams of the University of Cambridge, visits us at the STEPS Centre today. Photo: Bill Adams delivers his STEPS Seminar “Conservation is never anything but social…

POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE IN SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-TECHNICAL TRANSITIONS

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg brought forward cross-cutting commitments to a ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable production and consumption systems (i.e. environmentally sound and socially just). An increasing number of governments, businesses and civil society groups are considering how reformed governance might bring such…

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.

SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, POWER & POLITICS: A NEW VIEW

“It’s no longer enough to think about power in a top-down manner – the people on whom, and in relation to whom, power gets exercised are an indispensable part of it,” said Sheila Jasanoff, explaining her theory of civic epistemology. Jasanoff, professor of science and technology studies at Harvard University took to the floor to…