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Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing China

20th April 2015 @ 8:00 am - 21st April 2015 @ 5:00 pm

The Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing China conference marked the launch of the STEPS China Sustainability Hub, and provided a valuable opportunity for STEPS Centre members, colleagues from across China and international partners from our Global Consortium to share insights, experiences and plans for future research and engagement.

China launch conference

The conference was hosted by Beijing Normal University School of Social Development and Public Policy in partnership with the STEPS Centre and under the auspices of the Ministry of Education’s 2011 Cooperative Platform on Innovation, Governance and Development.

Funding for this conference was provided by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Newton Fund.


“变迁中的中国的可持续发展路径” 国际会议

2015年4月20日—21日

STEPS中心目前正致力于建立一个全球性的“可持续发展路径”研究联盟。作为这一行动中的一部分,我们与长期合作伙伴——北京师范大学——协作建立了北京可持续发展研究中心。

本次会议在教育部2011创新、治理与发展合作平台的支持下,由北京师范大学社会发展与公共政策学院和STEPS 研究中心合作主办。会议旨在从中国的视角探讨可持续发展路径,促进国际讨论。

本次国际会议将标志着北京可持续发展研究中心的正式启动,这也将为STEPS中心及其中国、国际合作伙伴提供宝贵的交流机会。


Programme

Xiulan Zhang Melissa LeachWe were delighted to have keynote speeches from Zhang Xiulan (Director, BNU-SSDPP) and Melissa Leach (Director, IDS; Former Director, STEPS Centre). Sessions throughout the conference covered:

  • Institutional innovation and health reform in China
  • Social innovation in agriculture and natural resources
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Low Carbon Energy Transitions that Serve the Needs of the Poor
  • Future directions for seeds and agricultural development
  • Poverty Reduction and Social Finance
  • Sustainable and equitable urban transformations
  • Environment, health and food safety

Conference video

Watch the keynote speeches by Melissa Leach and Zhang Xiulan embedded below. Scroll down for links to parallel presentations.

Links to specific presentations:

Keynote talks

Melissa Leach and Zhang Xiulan – Pathways to Sustainability in a changing China

Panel talks

Institutional innovation and Health Reform in China

Lewis Husain: Institutional innovation and health reform in China

Lijie Fang: New direction in social policy of China: the interaction between social services and social organizations

Yue Xiao: MCH and Family planning service delivery in China

Social innovation in agriculture and natural resources

Adrian Ely: Social innovation in agriculture and natural resources

Gongbuzeren: Tibetan pastoral institutional responses to a changing socio-ecological system in China

Joel Houdet: A cost-benefit analysis of mining in Karamoja

Low carbon energy transitions that serve the needs of the poor

Rob Byrne: Low carbon energy transitions that serve the needs of the poor

Yixin Dai: Wind and Solar as energy transition in China

Giuseppina Siciliano: Large dams in Southeast Asia and Africa: risks and opportunities

Sandra Pointel: Pro-poor low carbon energy access in Ghana – what role for China?

Joel Houdet: Experiences from Africa

Anti-microbial resistance

Gerry Bloom: Addressing resistance to antibiotics in plural health systems

Zhang Xiulan: Understanding the implementation of antibiotic regulations and other strategies in China

Fang Jing: Reducing antimicrobial resistance: what can we do and how?

Ding Shijun: Knowledge of producers, doctors and vets on pig antibiotic use

Future directions for seeds and agricultural development

Anabel Marin: The future of seeds

Andy Stirling: Alternative innovation pathways for seed development

Ding Shijun: Chinese seed firms ‘going abroad’

James Keeley: AgriTT: Working in partnership for agricultural technology

Yichun Song: Seed sovereignty, sustainable agriculture and continuity

Poverty reduction and social finance

Li He: Needs and the questions of social finance based on the thinking of an environment project

Xu Hui: Social finance for for poverty alleviation: innovations since 2009

Zhang Qian: Poverty trap and elite capture in pastoral areas of Inner Mongolia under climate change

Zhao Jia: Poverty reduction and social finance: reflections on the ‘Nong Shang Dai’ programme of creditease

Sustainable and equitable urban transformations

Ying Chen: Urbanization and sustainable development of cities in China

Zhao Zheng: China’s urban green development efficiency, based on urban data analysis of Silk Road Economical Belt

Environment, health and food safety

Chao Cai: Food safety in China: two problems in focus

Fang Jing: Field building leadership initiative: advancing eco health in Asia

Lu Jixia: Historicizing sustainable livelihoods: a pathways approach to lead mining in rural central China

David Tyfield: Towards sustainable and equitable urban transformations


Masterclass

The conference was preceded by a one day Masterclass at BNU SSDPP, involving early career researchers and students from BNU and other Chinese universities with STEPS Centre members and alumni.

The event explored the STEPS pathways approach and pathways methods and methodologies. Presentations were made to winners of the Sustainability Hub research proposal competition (see photo below). A South-South Cooperation Forum with international students at BNU contributions from STEPS Global Consortium partners from Africa and Argentina was also convened.


Blog series

Reflections and learning from the conference


Media coverage

Research hub helps China’s sustainable development, China Daily, 29 April 2015


More information

STEPS China Sustainability Hub

 

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20th April 2015 @ 8:00 am
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21st April 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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