Cities, Uncertainty and Systems Change

Depending who and where you are in the world, you will be experiencing the effects of climate change differently. Here in the UK, the recent hot-weather days in February might have felt unsettling, even as your body welcomed the warmth and sunshine. Meanwhile, people in some parts of the United States were caught in freezing…

‘What if?’ Meeting, making, dreaming, doing

Each week, the System Change Hive is exploring and experimenting with new solutions to societal and environmental problems, through creative arts practice. Artworks created will be exhibited in different locations around the UK and showcased online. The group is comprised of artists, communication experts, activists and STEPS researchers. In week 5, the session began by splitting…

Ubuntu seeds transference - Bioleft

Argentina’s ‘Bioleft’ project shares its first open source seeds

Seeds were transferred from researchers to farmers for the first time under a new kind of open source transfer contract, called Bioleft, .

Photovoice – Uncertainty through the lens

← BACK TO SYMPOSIUM 2014 HOMEPAGE The views of people living and coping with the everyday effects of climate change in India are explored here through an innovative ‘Photovoice’ presentation created by Shibaji Bose of the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), the communications officer for India on our Uncertainty from Below project. The Photovoice powerfully brings together…

The new ‘security’ agenda in water, energy and food

On 26 October 2012 the STEPS Centre and SOAS ran a joint event to discuss the connections made between water, energy, food and climate, and the tendency to frame these issues in terms of ‘security’. The increasing references to a so-called water-energy-food ‘nexus’ reflects the understanding that vital resources are connected in fundamental ways. Although…

Contested Agronomy: Agricultural research in a changing world

Agronomy – the science of crop production and land management – is increasingly a field for political debate. This book from the STEPS Centre explores how arguments about agricultural research have changed in the last 40 years, with a focus on developing countries. Dramatic food price rises, climate change, food security and poverty are high…

“Green Grabs”: Appropriating nature

A special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies, published in May 2012, explores the controversial issue of ‘green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends. The vigorous debate on ‘land grabbing’ already highlights instances where ‘green’ credentials are called upon to justify appropriations of land for food or fuel –…

Business and Biotech in Bangalore

Two events with India-based partners explored the recent history and future of Indian business and biotechnology. These events, held in February 2012, are part of our ongoing work on risk, uncertainty and technology in India. Seminar: Biotechnology in Bangalore “Biotechnology in Bangalore: Past Experiences, Future Trajectories” was a half-day seminar to reflect on the changing…

Haemorrhagic fevers in Africa: Narratives, politics and pathways of disease and response

This article by Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director, appeared in Wellcome History 38 (Summer 2008). Haemorrhagic fevers capture popular imagination as deadly zoonotic diseases that come ‘out of Africa’. Ebola, lassa and other viral haemorrhagic fevers that are associated with wildlife vectors in forested environments figure prominently in current concerns about so-called ‘emerging infectious diseases’,…