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January 2021

Sundarbans without boundaries

18th January 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

The second of two virtual sessions convened by the TAPESTRY project at the Gobeshona Conference on Locally Led Adaptation Action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfsB6zG3GLA Speakers: Shababa Haque (ICCCAD) Upasona Ghosh (Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneshwar) Mahmuda Mity (ICCCAD) Shibaji Bose (Researcher/communications professional) Annu Jalais (National University of Singapore) Amites Mukhopadyay (Jadavpur University, Kolkata) Md Nadiruzzaman (Hamburg University) Lars Otto Naess (IDS) Lyla Mehta (IDS) Chair: Terry Cannon (IDS) Session description This is the second session from the project ‘Transformation as Praxis: Exploring…

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December 2020

The Truth About Nature: Environmental politics in a post-truth, digital world

15th December 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A presentation by Bram Büscher, author of The Truth about Nature: Environmentalism in the Era of Post-Truth Politics and Platform Capitalism, followed by roundtable discussion with Elizabeth Havice and Max Ritts. Moderator: Amber Huff Watch the video Video (120 minutes) of the whole discussion is available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtR2fN-mvJU About this event How should we share the truth about the environmental crisis? At a moment when even the most basic facts about ecology and the climate face contestation and contempt, environmental advocates…

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May 2020

*Postponed* STEPS Annual Lecture: Andrea J Nightingale

12th May 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fulton A Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RH United Kingdom
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* UPDATE, 18 MARCH 2020 * We are sorry that this event has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bounding unruly landscapes: future imaginaries and socioenvironmental change 2020 STEPS Annual Lecture Andrea J Nightingale Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo Fulton A Lecture Theatre University of Sussex Falmer, Brighton This event will be open to the public and includes a drinks reception after the lecture. It is the only public event of…

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[Postponed] STEPS Summer School 2020

11th May 2020 @ 8:00 am - 22nd May 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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The ninth and final STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability was due to take place on 11-22 May 2020, but has been postponed until the following year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the University of Sussex campus, near Brighton, UK, where STEPS is co-hosted by the Institute of Development Studies and…

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October 2019

Transformation Laboratories as spaces for co-designing social-ecological transformation: learning from different contexts and approaches

15th October 2019 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

The workshop will propose tools not only to academics but also to policy makers, practitioners, activists and everyone who is interested in designing multi-stakeholder spaces of transformation in the context of sustainability challenges in general and in extractive sectors such as mining and agriculture in particular.

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May 2019

STEPS Annual Lecture: Derek Wall – What would Elinor do (about climate change)?

14th May 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fulton Lecture Theatre A, University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QT United Kingdom
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Fulton A Lecture Theatre University of Sussex Falmer, Brighton, UK Watch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYV7IpcCtTQ   * * * About the lecture What would Elinor do (about climate change)? Elinor Ostrom was the first and so far only woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics. Her innovative work on ecological economics challenged the notion of 'the tragedy of the commons'. Her political economy analysis, focusing on trust, cooperation, diversity, deep democracy and innovative methodology, provides a basis for considering climate change.…

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March 2018

When the Wolf Guards the Sheep: Green extractivism and confronting the industrial machine

21st March 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room G22, Jubilee Building, University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RH United Kingdom
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As part of the Politics of Nature reading group, Dr Alexander Dunlap, co-hosted by the CGPE and STEPS centre, presents a seminar on the merits of an anarchist political ecology in assessing extractive projects and charting new directions in (re)imagining ecological, unruly and dignified futures.   Drawing on case studies of Europe’s largest opencast coal mine, the Hambach mine in Germany, and wind parks in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region (Istmo) of Oaxaca, Mexico, the seminar examines corporate/state strategies of greening resource extraction…

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October 2017

4th BICAS Conference: New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics, Moscow 2017

13th October 2017 @ 8:00 am - 16th October 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Bacchus Room, New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies fourth conference Moscow, 13-16 October 2017 A call for abstracts has been published, with a deadline of 15 June 2017. About the conference Over the past two decades, agrarian economies and food systems have been undergoing a profound restructuring in the wake of large-scale land investments and the increasing financialisation of capital and land. These have reinforced old and created new forms and sites…

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May 2017

STEPS Seminar: Charles Tonui on the co-management of mangrove forest in Gazi Bay, Kenya

12th May 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road
Falmer, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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‘The Role of Community Based Organisations and Associations in Co-management of Forests in Kenya: The case of Mikoko Pamoja Community Based Organisation (MPCBO) and Gogoni-Gazi Community Forest Association (GOGACFA) in the Co-management of Mangrove Forest in Gazi Bay, Kenya’ STEPS Seminar with Charles Tonui, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya. All are welcome to attend and no registration is necessary. The Constitution of Kenya provides for people to contribute to the national tree cover target of 10%, and the…

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Seminar – Ruth Hall: The Reinvention of Land Reform in South Africa: State, Market and Citizens

10th May 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road
Falmer, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

Institute of Development Studies seminar with Ruth Hall, Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), South Africa This event will be accompanied by a live audio stream and online discussion. Land reform, one of post-apartheid governments’ main transformatory programmes, has itself been transformed over the past twenty years, reflecting changing policy agendas and ideological positions. Initially defined by a focus on multiple livelihoods for the rural poor, land reform was soon transformed into a plan for the limited deracialisation…

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