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October 2021

Lecture: Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development

14th October 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sussex Development Lecture by Ian Scoones, co-director of the STEPS Centre This lecture makes the argument for putting uncertainty at the centre of thinking and practice in development. This means rejecting a linear, technocratic framing and embracing the implications of uncertainty for today’s complex, dynamic world. Through a number of examples – from the fields of banking, critical infrastructures and disease control – the elements of new thinking on uncertainty and development are explored. The lecture argues, however, that…

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August 2021

Roundtable: Old Cities, New Risks

26th August 2021 @ 5:00 pm

26 August 2021 at 17.00-18.30 (India time) This Roundtable brought together a panel of experts and key stakeholders to discuss the risks faced by India’s cities in the context of climate change and other uncertainties, and how to respond to them. The main objective of this Roundtable was to work with the participants to co-create a better understanding of future risks to India's coastal cities. Watch the video   About this event Download a flyer for this event (PDF)…

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Through the Eyes of the Kolis: A reflection on Mumbai’s past, present & future

21st August 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

21 August 2021 at 17.00 - 18.30 (India Time) A talk and an open discussion on the future of the Koli community in Mumbai. The panel consists of Kolis who are extremely passionate about the community and enthusiastic to work for the betterment of their people and their culture. Be a part of this discussion to know more about the community-led initiatives that intend to strengthen the identity of the Kolis. Speakers: Ganesh Nakhawa Rajhans Tapke Vikas Koli Related…

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ARIN/ASH Summer School on Decolonizing Sustainability Research

15th August 2021 @ 8:00 am - 22nd August 2021 @ 5:00 pm

15-22 August 2021 Organised by the Africa Research & Impact Network and Africa Sustainability Hub Deadline for applications: 1 June 2021 Full details (ARIN website) Application form Background In the Global South, ‘coloniality’ has long been associated with political rule over subordinated countries. 1. Struggles for ‘decoloniality’ have evolved from the undoing of colonial rule, to the even more fundamental challenge of freeing knowledge, practice, and culture from deeper worldwide concentrations of incumbent power. 2. In keeping with the more expansive ambitions of…

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July 2021

SUNDARBANS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES: Co-creating Transformative Knowledge and Action

26th July 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Sundarbans Roundtable Session at ICCCAD Roundtable 26 July 2021 Co-hosted by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the TAPESTRY project. This roundtable discussed the possibilities and results of transboundary research in the Indian and Bangladesh Sundarbans. Speakers shared views from their work on the nature and extent of boundaries; and how transboundary research can lead to transformative knowledge and action around gender, livelihoods, and natural resource management. Innovative research methods—including PhotoVoice and digital photo diaries…

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ARIN Webinar: Multidimensionality of Methods

8th July 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Webinar organised by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). 8 July 2021 This webinar explores multiple facets of research (such as funding flows, research politics, and the perceived research power dynamics between female and male researcher), and how collectively they promote or undermine decoloniality of methods. Considering that different disciplines have variety in methodological applications, which are perceived differently among researchers, practitioners and policy makers, it follows that aspects such as funding flows, research politics, and the perceived…

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June 2021

Pastoralism and climate change in West Africa: implications for policy and practice

21st June 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A public webinar event hosted by the Ghana Hub of the Institute of Development Studies. The event includes a contribution from STEPS co-director and PASTRES project convenor Ian Scoones. Register / More info Speakers Professor Steve William Tonah, Advanced Researcher, University of Ghana Professor Gabriel Teye, Vice-Chancellor, University for Development Studies Professor Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Professor of agricultural engineering and Director of the Office for International Relationships and Advancement of the UDS, University for Development Studies Dr Abukari Abdulai, Senior Research…

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Transformations Conference: Transformations from within: Towards a 2nd person epistemologies & methodologies

18th June 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. Presenters: Jesús M. Siqueiros, Alex Penn; Lakshmi Charli-Joseph; Beth Cullen; Marina Apgar; Andrew Stirling Abstract: Structural, systemic and enabling transformations towards sustainability require reconnecting to our local environment and the biosphere in general (i.e., Folke et al. 2011, Scoones et al. 2020, among others). With the aim of contributing to this notion, for us the meaning of reconnecting is to acknowledge our position as scientists and society in…

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Transformations Conference: Tales of Uncertainty, Resilience and Transformation Through Visual Stories and Narratives

18th June 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. We focus how participatory storytelling, through visual methods, facilitates an engaged process of building knowledge from below by sketching issues of vivencia representing climate change, uncertainty and transformative actions in South Asia. The participants discuss potential, limitations and scope for co-creation of knowledge. This session is linked to the TAPESTRY project. View the Conference programme

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Transformations Conference: Africa – ‘Philosophical Underpinnings’ In Decolonizing Research Methods For Transformation Towards Sustainability

18th June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This plenary session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. This event is convened by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). CONVENERS: Joanes Atela and Joel Onyango. With contributions from Andrew Stirling, Laura Pereira, Nadia Sitas, and Jessica Cockburn View conference programme Background In contributing to the decoloniality imperative, the session focuses on different ontological and epistemological perspectives associated with decolonizing methodologies. The session will involve a brief introduction on the concept of decolonizing methods for…

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