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May 2018

Workshop: Maps, Measures and Narratives for Transdisciplinary ‘Grand Challenge’ Research

1st May 2018

Tuesday 1st May UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, London This full-day workshop will consider the capacity of research communities, such as but not limited to those supported by The Nexus Network, to deliver inter- and transdisciplinary research. The workshop offers an opportunity for those engaged in such research to explore and pilot innovative methods for evaluating their own researcher capabilities, and the capacities of their research networks. The workshop is convened by the ESRC Nexus Network, in which the STEPS…

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August 2017

Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice

30th August 2017 @ 8:00 am - 1st September 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Forum Theatre, Level 1, Arts West The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus, Forum Theatre, Level 1, Arts West The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Melbourne, Australia

Members of the STEPS Centre, along with colleagues from the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium, will be attending the Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice conference in August. The Transformations conference is hosted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee. It is the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences that focuses on transformations towards sustainability. The organisers describe its aim as "addressing contemporary challenges and creating conditions for enhancing people’s…

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May 2017

STEPS Seminar: Todd Crane – Interdisciplinary science and subjectivities in research for development

2nd May 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road
Falmer, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

‘Interdisciplinary science and subjectivities in research for development: What are the implications of methods and measures?’ STEPS Seminar - all welcome Socio-ecological research continues to grapple with how to represent social and biophysical phenomena in integrated and balanced ways. Methodological choices, especially regarding representation of the social, have important implications for the robustness of the science, subjectivities that emerge from different modes of representation and for the politically situated nature of the scientific endeavour. Todd Crane has recently published several…

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April 2017

STEPS Seminar: Where are the missing co-authors? Authorship practices in participatory research

3rd April 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

Join us for a STEPS Seminar with Louise Fortmann (University of California at Berkeley), on 3 April 2017 at the Institute of Development Studies. The increase in publications based on participatory research has raised questions about crediting the contributions of non-academic collaborators. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, trends and patterns in authorship and acknowledgment practices were analyzed for a sample of 262 journal articles in English reporting on participatory research on rural livelihoods published from 1975-2013. Six percent of the…

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July 2016

Andy Stirling on Nexus Methods (7th ESRC Methods Festival)

5th July 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

ESRC Methods Festival, Room 3.16 University of Bath, UK STEPS co-director Andy Stirling (SPRU) is speaking on Nexus Methods as part of the 7th ESRC Methods Festival. The presentation is split into two parts: The depth, scope and diversity of 'nexus' challenges to methodology An illustrative practical response: the STEPS pathways approach and multicriteria mapping Abstract: Confused notions of 'the Nexus' are a burgeoning instrumentalising fashion. Yet imperatives are growing, to address complex global interactions between natures, technologies and societies…

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February 2016

Contested Agronomy: whose agronomy counts?

23rd February 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 25th February 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Room 100, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road
Falmer, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
£150

Contested Agronomy: whose agronomy counts? is a conference about the battlefields in agricultural research, past and present. 23-25 February 2016 Institute of Development Studies Brighton, UK Conference website Download the programme Download the conference programme (PDF, 1MB) The programme contains full details of presentations in the plenary and parallel sessions. It also has the full text of abstracts submitted by participants for posters and conference papers. Conference themes Contributions have been invited on any aspect of the politics of knowledge…

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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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June 2015

Transdisciplinary Methods for Developing Nexus Capabilities Workshop

29th June 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 30th June 2015 @ 5:00 pm
SPRU, Jubilee Building, University of Sussex, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9SL United Kingdom

The Nexus Network workshop on ‘Transdisciplinary Methods for Developing Nexus Capabilities’, led by STEPS Co-Director Andy Stirling, will be held at the University of Sussex, UK on 29-30 June 2015. The workshop will be shaped around two key questions: What different kinds and interconnections of method in contrasting contexts, form the most practical basis for enabling transformative action to address Nexus challenges? How can such encompassing Nexus methodologies best enable academic, government, business and civil society actors to develop appropriate…

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July 2014

STEPS Seminar: Daniel O’Connor on the use of social media in health research

4th July 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
Free

‘The Apomediated World: The Ethical Challenges of Using Social Media in Health Research’ STEPS Seminar with Daniel O’Connor, PhD, Head of Humanities and Social Science at the Wellcome Trust STEPS Seminar: Dan O'Connor - The ethical challenges of using social media in health research by Stepscentre on Mixcloud Social media such as blogs, wikis, discussion forums, ratings sites and online social networks like Facebook and Twitter, are completely changing the ways in which lay people and health professionals create, share…

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February 2014

Integrating Impact Planning into Research Projects: Reflections from the STEPS Centre

20th February 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

STEPS/CDI Seminar Adrian Ely, Head of Impact and Engagement, STEPS Centre and Nathan Oxley, Communications Officer, STEPS Centre Researchers, along with development programmes, are increasingly called on to demonstrate the ‘impact’ of their research. There are many different ways to frame, define and conceptualise impact, and many possible responses to it. If impact is to be about more than box-ticking, however, this means engaging with questions about how researchers and research programmes interact with society, politics and policy.  Innovative methods…

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