Video and slides: Kate Raworth, Oxfam on planetary boundaries

10th October 2012: ‘A safe and just space for humanity: can we live within the doughnut?’ Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher at Oxfam, gave a STEPS Centre seminar at the Institute of Development Studies. Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to ensure that every person has the resources needed to realise their human rights, while ensuring…

The slippery nature of ‘water grabbing’

Large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural investment, popularly known as ‘land grabbing’, have recently attracted headline attention.  But the implications of these land grabs for water resources have stayed out of the spotlight until now.  A special issue of the journal Water Alternatives, with a focus on water grabbing, contains 14 new articles which draw on…

Press release: Green grabs: the dark side of the green economy

Green’ market initiatives are increasing poverty. Local ecosystem stewardship must be nurtured instead. ‘Green grabbing’ –  the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of ‘green ’ biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts  and eco-tourism initiatives – is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found. Ecosystems being ‘asset-stripped’…

World Water Day 2012

To mark World Water Day we have published a range of thought-provoking new resources, and we are holding a seminar at IDS in the UK (details below) >>A new edition of the IDS Bulletin, ‘Some for All?’ Politics and Pathways in Water and Sanitation, edited by Alan Nicol, Lyla Mehta and Jeremy Allouche and featuring work collected…

LAND GRABS: CALL FOR NEW GRANT APPLICATIONS

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager Across the world, especially in the global South, there has been a dramatic rise in ‘land grabs’ – cross-border, transnational corporation-driven and, in some cases foreign government-driven, large-scale land deals. In-depth and systematic enquiry in to this issue has become a matter of urgency, and to that end,…

EVERYONE’S A WINNER (EXCEPT IF YOU’RE NOT…)

Photo: Jatropha curcas – the biofuel plant from tonrulkens’ photostream on Flickr Our director Melissa Leach is giving the first Annual Piers Blaikie Lecture on Environmental Politics at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in July. She’ll be speaking on ‘Green wins or green grabs? Contested pathways to sustainability in Africa’. In our environmentally-anxious age,…

VIDEO: WATER, OIL AND POLITICS IN EGYPT AND SUDAN

In a time of intense and dramatic change in North Africa, Sudan splits into two. One of the most crucial negotiations to take place is over water: who gets how much, and at what cost? The whole Nile Basin has been arguing over the issue for decades. As well as being a source of water,…

REVOLUTIONS ON THE NILE

By Alan Nicol, IDS and Ana Cascão, Stockholm International Water Institute Today is official Nile Day in the basin and celebrations will be taking place in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the Nile riparian zones. For the assembled dignitaries, however, these are nervous times. This has already been a momentous year for the…

EGYPT AND SUDAN: POLITICS AND WATER IN A NEW NILE STATE

Our STEPS Water Seminar on 22 February is with Ana Cascão from Stockholm International Water Institute, who’s recently returned from working in Egypt and Sudan. Ana is a political scientist with a particular interest in the politics of water in the Middle East and North-East Africa. Her main research topic is the hydropolitics in the…