DSA 2007 DAY 1: OPENING PLENARY

Welcome to the Development Studies Association annual conference and STEPS Symposium. We’re live here at the Sussex University campus in Brighton, UK, to join in the debate of this year’s theme ‘connecting science, society and development’. Here’s what happened at the first plenary session. (Photo: Melissa Leach addresses the DSA). Sam Jackson, president of the…

LIVE BLOG FROM DSA 2007

We will be blogging from the Development Studies Association Annual Conference next week, which kicks off at 2pm (BST) on Tuesday 18th Sept with opening addresses from Gordon Conway, DFID’s chief scientific advisor and Prof. Judi Wakhungu of ACTS, who is also chair of the STEPS Centre Advsiory Board. The first STEPS Centre Symposium is…

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH CHINA

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Guangzhou, in South China, is one of the cities at the forefront of the country’s “ economic miracle”. The skyline is characterised as much by cranes and construction sites as by the high-rise towers which are already home to its thriving commerce. To what extent are Guangzhou’s innovators factoring…

CHINESE EXPORTS: DANGER, REGULATION AND SECURITY

By GERRY BLOOM, STEPS Centre member Over the past few months there have been a number of stories in the international media about dangerous exports from China. On the one hand, this reflects a recognition that China needs to establish regulatory systems to ensure the good performance of its burgeoning market economy. The failures of…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM AT DSA 2007

The first STEPS Centre Symposium is being held alongside the Development Studies Association Annual Conference to tie in with this year’s theme of Connecting Science, Society and Development. The event is being held at the Institute of Development Studies from 18-20 September. STEPS Centre programme at DSA 2007 Join us for the STEPS drinks reception…

STEPS CENTRE LAUNCHES IN LONDON

25 June 2007: Over 160 attend STEPS Centre launch event at Portcullis House, Westminster We live in an era of unprecedented environmental and technological flux; apocalyptic predictions of climate change-induced drought and floods, avian ‘flu and HIV/AIDS pandemics, unsafe food and scarce water supplies hit the headlines daily. Rapid change is creating new interactions between…

STEPS LAUNCH VIDEO: PROF. JUDI WAKHUNGU

Watch the video of Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies and chair of the STEPS Centre Advisory Board, set out why she is “excited to be involved” and why “the launch of STEPS Centre is opportune.”

ECOSUMMIT DAY 4: BEIJING DECLARATION

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Finally, on the last day of the Ecosummit, the organisers presented a ‘Beijing declaration’, which called for more environmentally sensitive development and highlighted the important contribution that ecology could make in reaching this goal. Having greatly enjoyed his previous talks, I decided to attend Rusong Wang’s morning session on…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 2: ECOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND NEOLITHIC PATHWAYS TO UNSUSTAINABILITY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The latest theory and practice in ecological science, topped the bill on Day 2 of the Ecosummit, as well as some “big picture” viewpoints looking at humankind’s place in ecosystems, from modern cities right back to the Neolithic age. Wolfgang Haber gave a fascinating picture of some highly significant,…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 1: DAVID, GOLIATH & THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF ECOLOGY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The first morning of the EcoSummit 2007 started with a plenary session of four “state of the art” keynotes, delivered to a packed hall of delegates. Each of the speakers highlighted the growth in interdisciplinarity and international collaboration as fundamental to the challenges posed by ecological complexity and sustainability….