BRAZIL: WHAT LIES BEHIND THE NATURAL KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY?

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member The tone of the launch of Demos’ Brazil, the Natural Knowledge Economy report by Kirsten Bound, was aimed at boosting innovative activities and potential in the country in general. The distributional consequences (social and environmental) of that innovation were acknowledged as a challenge, but not covered at the event,…

COMPLEXITY, SIMPLIFICATION AND RESILIENCE

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member Complexity pervaded debate at the Resilience Alliance conference last month. In one way or another, participants tried to get to grips with the sheer complexities of the socio-ecological systems that concerned them, and puzzled over the kinds of adaptive governance that might ensure these systems provided resilient livelihoods to…

RESILIENCE 2008: RESILIENCE, ADAPTION AND TRANSFORMATION IN TURBULENT TIMES

By MELISSA LEACH, STEPS Centre director To watch live coverage of panel discussions, workshops and key presentations from Resilience 2008, log on to Web TV. Four of us from THE STEPS Centre (myself, Andy Stirling, Adrian Smith and Sally Brooks) are here in Stockholm at ‘Resilience 2008: Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times’. This…

STEPS SEMINAR: THE SUSSEX MANIFESTO

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Listen to the podcast Read Geoff Oldham’s presentation To read the 1970 Sussex Manifesto: Science and Technology to Developing Countries during the Second Development Decade see the STEPS Seminar page See the photos on Flickr We’re delighted that Geoff Oldham has joined us today for a look at both…

FLICKR THROUGH OUR PHOTOS

I have finally gotten around to creating a STEPS Centre page on Flickr. You can check out the first sets of photos to go live, including our launch, recent seminars and the Farmer First Revisited event. Keep an eye open for new photos as they are posted in the Flickr box in the right hand…

WHAT TO WATCH IN 2008

Mindful of the folly of predictions, Lawrence Haddad, director of the UK Institute of Development Studies, outlines the eight events and trends he will be watching to shape the development discourse in the next 12 months, from the US elections and Beijing Olympics to power transitions in Africa and the new philanthropists.

ACCOMODATING DISSENT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member   Providing cures for health problems isn’t enough, if people’s personal or cultural beliefs clash with the scientific approach. STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach argues in this week’s Nature magazine that policy-makers must recognize and engage with these objections. Melissa also talks about her research into vaccination on the…

DSA DAY 3: IT’S A WRAP-UP

And as we draw to a close at DSA 2007, we have a diverse set of panellists to give us some reflections on this year’s conference. And they are quite controversial reflections: “It’s like being in groundhog day,” says the DSA’s own president. Joachim Voss, director-general at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Columbia…

DSA DAY 3: RETHINKING RISK & REGULATION

The final plenary session of this year’s DSA sees Sheila Jasanoff of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, founder of the Science and Democracy Network and a STEPS Centre Advisory Board member talking on one of her specialist subjects – rethinking risk and regulation. (Photo: Sheila Jasanoff) Jasanoff, fresh off a plane from Boston, quips…

DSA DAY 1: STEPS PANEL SESSION 1 – PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY

STEPS PANEL SESSION 1 – PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILTY: LINKING TECHNOLOGY, POVERTY REDUCTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Melissa Leach, director of the STEPS Centre, opens the first STEPS panel session by saying in this era of dynamic change there are some huge opportunities to tackle poverty and social justice given the current high profile philanthropic and political…