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’,…

GM Crops 10 years on

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director A decade ago there was much hope – and even more hype – about the potentials of GM crops. GM crops were going to feed the world, solving issues of poverty and development, seemingly at a stroke. Technologies for dealing with drought or nutrient deficits were, it was claimed,…

Theme 4: Public participation and the politics of policy

This theme is part of the Biotechnology Research Archive. Governing biotechnologies in favour of ‘pro-poor’ outcomes is a challenge. The research contained in this section of the Biotechnology Research Archive shows that, while there is much rhetoric about ‘pro-poor biotechnology’, the evidence on the ground is wanting. Getting publics – farmers, consumers, traders and others…

Theme 3: The role of the private sector and corporate control

This theme is part of the Biotechnology Research Archive. This section of includes studies of biotechnology business in action, including detailed analyses of the role of the corporate sector – and particularly the former Monsanto Company (now part of Bayer) in India. Case studies from China look at the close relations between state and private…

Theme 2: Regulating agricultural biotechnology

This theme is part of the Biotechnology Research Archive. Effective and well-designed regulation is essential to any innovation process. This is particularly the case for novel genetic techniques, where uncertainty is high and potential risks remain unknown. Impacts arise through the interaction of particular technologies with particular environments. A case-by-case approach to regulatory control is…