Global Consortium

Our Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium links the STEPS Centre and similarly-oriented research Centres across the world. It builds on the STEPS Centre’s success with our global partners, and was launched in 2015 and 2016 to coincide with the start of the post-2015 era of sustainable development thinking and action.

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Project: ‘Pathways Network’: Transformative Pathways to Sustainability

Notes from a Transformation LabThe Consortium’s flagship project, begun in 2015, aims to carry out comparative research and encourage social transformations to respond to socio-ecological problems in 6 countries.

In Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, China, the UK and India, the project is conducting ‘Transformation Labs’ (T-Labs), using creative methods to explore people’s visions, values and ideas, and produce practical social or technical innovations involving local people.

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Consortium hubs

steps global consortium map

The Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium unites five continents with one vision: to tackle the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world now and in decades to come.

Six ‘hubs’ based in leading academic institutes in Africa, South Asia, China, Europe, Latin and North America work together on transdisciplinary research, policy engagement, teaching, impact and communications. The secretariat and the impact, engagement and communications unit are located at the ESRC STEPS Centre.


STEPS Africa is hosted by the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and Stockholm Environment Institute Africa (SEI Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Find out more about the Africa Sustainability Hub


Hosted at Beijing Normal University (BNU), Beijing, China.

Find out more about the China Sustainability Hub


Jointly hosted by the STEPS Centre in the UK, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden.

Find out more about the Europe Hub

Latin America

STEPS América Latina is hosted at CENIT (Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Find out more about STEPS América Latina

North America

The North America hub is hosted at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, USA, and works closely with the National Laboratory for Sustainability Sciences (LANCIS), housed at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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South Asia

The South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) is hosted by the Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, India.

Find out more about the South Asia Sustainability Hub


STEPS América Latina launch event
STEPS América Latina launch, 2015. Photo: STEPS Centre

As the Sustainable Development Goals establish a new agenda across the globe – not just in ‘developing’ countries – solid research evidence and critical engagement in policy and action is essential.

Over the last decade, the STEPS Centre has brought together diverse people, intellectual traditions and practical and policy experiences to address sustainability challenges. A vital part of our work has been collaborative research with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, on transformative responses to these challenges.

The Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium builds on this work. The six regional Sustainability Hubs are based on longstanding partnerships, strongly grounded in research and founded on equal collaboration among researchers and stakeholders. Each hub brings new perspectives to the challenges of global sustainability.

In a crowded global research environment, we are creating a truly unique platform of international, transdisciplinary action-oriented work – combining contrasting natural and social scientific understandings of the challenges. We recognise the complexity of these challenges, but maintain a strong focus on practical responses – including the development of new concepts, tools and methods.