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April 2016

Innovation governance for sustainable agri-food systems in China

15th April 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SPRU Friday seminar on 15 April with Adrian Ely and Sam Geall of the Low Carbon Innovation in China project.

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Seminar: Helene Ahlborg on power and politics in energy transitions

11th April 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Global Studies Resource Centre, Arts C175
University of Sussex, BN1 9SJ United Kingdom
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Towards a conceptualization of power and micro-level politics in energy transitions STEPS Centre Seminar: Helene Ahlborg 12.00-1.30, Monday 11 April 2016 Room C175 (Global Studies Resources Centre meeting room), Arts C, University of Sussex Helene Ahlborg will share her research about rural mini-hydropower electrification in Tanzania  and societal transformation. She will explain why and how electrification processes simultaneously reinforce social inequality and enhance social mobility. Ahlborg studies the co-development of technology and society and how the provision of electricity services,…

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February 2016

How can the ecological impact of the richest 1% be reduced at a time of extreme inequality?

26th February 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road
Falmer, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Seminar with Dario Kenner 1.00-2.30 Friday 26 February 2016, IDS room 221 Recent research by Oxfam and French economists Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel indicates that the richest 1% of people in many countries, including the United Kingdom, have huge per capita carbon footprints compared to the rest of the population. The fact that richer people have a larger ecological impact is not that surprising. The question is what to do about it. Dario Kenner, who has recently published a…

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Leverhulme Lecture: ‘The Degrowth hypothesis’

8th February 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Leverhulme Lecture: 'The Degrowth hypothesis' Giorgos Kallis, ICREA professor at ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona; visiting professor at SOAS Monday 8 February at 4-5.30pm Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Brighton, UK If we are to radically reduce carbon emissions and material use, we have to abolish the pursuit of economic growth and develop institutions and structures that secure social sustainability under conditions of economic contraction. Hosted by the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and…

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January 2016

Workshop: Climate Change and Uncertainty from Above and Below

27th January 2016 @ 8:00 am - 28th January 2016 @ 5:00 pm

27-28 January New Delhi, India For more details, see the workshop page.

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December 2015

Asia’s Giants: media briefing + drinks reception

4th December 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

When: Friday, December 4th from 7pm-9pm; short briefing and Q&A at 7.30pm Where: Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est, 5, rue du 8 Mai 1945 75010 Paris How is China shifting to a low-carbon economy? Will low-carbon innovation in China affect decarbonisation pathways elsewhere? Why do Indian policymakers insist on low-carbon rather than no-carbon? What are the prospects of India's ambitious solar programme? Join us for a briefing at 7.30pm from: Adrian Ely, Co-Investigator, Low Carbon Innovation in China project; Isabel Hilton, CEO and Editor,…

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COP21 side event: Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders (CRIBs)

4th December 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Salle 1, Climate Generations Area, Le Bourget conference centre
Paris, France

Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders (CRIBs): how to strengthen the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism Climate Generations area, Salle 1 Le Bourget Conference Centre, Paris 4 December at 15.00-16.30 Listen to the audio recording COP21 side event: How to strengthen the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism by Stepscentre on Mixcloud About this session The session focuses on how the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism can be strengthened to promote the building of national systems of innovation (NSIs) in developing countries. NSIs are essential to fostering the development…

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COP21 side event: Mitigation contributions from developing countries

1st December 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room OR03, Side events area, Le Bourget conference centre
Paris, France

Mitigation contributions from developing countries: innovation, technology and scenario analysis Side events area, Room OR 03 Le Bourget conference centre, Paris 1 December at 15.00- 16.30 The Paris Agreement requires country-level implementation, where institutional capabilities and integrated assessment modelling capacities are needed. With colleagues from Colombia and Kenya we show how collaboration on scenario analysis and work through the Technology Mechanism can contribute. Speakers (some tbc): Rob Byrne (STEPS Centre/SPRU, University of Sussex), Cosmas Ochieng (African Centre for Technology Studies),…

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September 2015

STEPS conference 2015: Resource Politics

7th September 2015 - 9th September 2015
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Resource Politics: Transforming Pathways to Sustainability Why now? Contexts and debates In the build up to the confirmation of the post-2015 sustainable development goals, the politics of resource access, allocation and distribution are high on global policy agendas. The limits to economic activity in the face of ‘planetary boundaries’ are being fiercely debated, and even humanity’s survival in the age of the Anthropocene is questioned. Some suggest a ‘perfect storm’ of factors is combining to present ever growing threats, often…

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July 2015

STEPS Seminar: Yixin Dai – Chinese Renewable Energy Policy

15th July 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

‘Chinese Renewable Energy Policy – Policy Implementation, and Participation’ Yixin Dai, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University In order to reach its ambitious emissions targets, China has been promoting renewable energy through a series of top-down policies since 2006. Recent successes have seen wind turbine installation capacity exceed 100GW in 2014, and nuclear installation capacity reach 23GW in June 2015. The questions are: can we attribute this to strong central government? What is the role of local implementation…

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