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STEPS Conference 2010: Pathways to Sustainability
24th September 2010 - 25th September 2010
STEPS Conference 2010: Pathways to Sustainability Agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice 23-24 September 2010 at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University.
Video from the conference
- Day 1: Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director – “Pathways to Sustainability: The STEPS Centre’s Approach”
- Day 2: Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan on social sciences and the use of human subjects
Rio+20 Policy/Research Roundtable
A roundtable on sustainability research and its implications for policy, in the run-up to the Earth Summit 2012.
- Full roundtable (54 min)
Individual roundtable speakers:
- Andrew Scott, Practical Action (11 min)
- Nicole Dewandre, European Commission (11 min)
- Yvan Biot, Department for International Development (7 min)
- Derek Osborn, Stakeholder Forum (9 min)
- Camilla Toulmin, International Institute for Environment and Development (12 min)
Most of the presentations from the conference are available to view on our Slideshare site.
Photos from the conference
- STEPS Centre Conference 2010 (photo set on Flickr)
Amidst unprecedented evidence of rapid environmental change and complex ecological dynamics, addressing environmental sustainability has become a central practical, moral and political challenge of our times.
With social systems changing rapidly too, linked to population growth, urbanisation, mobility and globalized economic change, core development challenges around alleviating poverty and inequity are also becoming more complex.
In this context, how might pathways to sustainability – that link environmental integrity with social justice – be conceptualised and built? As the world prepares to unite for the ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit in 2012, what ideas, concepts and agendas can best inform effective action? How can we enrich and (re)invigorate our intellectual and practical repertoires towards a new politics of environment, development and social justice?
The five themes of the conference are:
- Contesting sustainabilities
- Framing narratives
- Dynamics and sustainability
- Uncertainty, ambiguity and surprise
- Pathway-building and governance
The conference comprised a mixture of invited keynote talks, perspectives and provocations which respond to the overall conference questions and themes, with a series of parallel panel sessions.
There was also an “Open Space” session which included posters and films presented by conference participants.