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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.
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.
- STEPS-BNU Conference programme (PDF 168KB)
We 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
Watch the keynote speeches by Melissa Leach and Zhang Xiulan embedded below. Scroll down for links to parallel presentations.
Links to specific presentations:
Institutional innovation and Health Reform in China
Social innovation in agriculture and natural resources
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
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.
Reflections and learning from the conference
- Andy Stirling on New Pathways: Learning from China’s greenization
- Melissa Leach Made in China? Mutual learning in a global development era
- Sandra Pointel Between ‘greenization’ and ‘citizenization’: Welcome to China’s New Normal
- Sandra Pointel South-South Cooperation: Voices from Africa and Latin America resonate in China
Research hub helps China’s sustainable development, China Daily, 29 April 2015