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Andy Stirling
3rd April 2017

Andy Stirling, STEPS co-director, made Academy of Social Sciences Fellow

Professor Andy Stirling has been conferred the award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences (ACSS), who announced the...
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STEPS Summer School
8th March 2017

A global outlook for impact: Sussex ranked #1 for Development Studies

The QS University Rankings 2017 have ranked the University of Sussex first in the world for Development Studies. The result...
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30th January 2017 / Governance & Policy, Resource politics

Small grants call announced for ‘nexus governance’ research in Southern Africa

The ‘Governing the Nexus in Southern Africa’ project has announced a call for small grants (up to £2,500 GBP) to...
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27th January 2017 / Food & Agriculture, Health & Disease, Understanding sustainability

STEPS researchers receive grants from Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), a partnership between the University of Sussex and the Institute for Development Studies, has...
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2nd November 2016 / Health & Disease

One Health Day: 3 November 2016

Read our 'One Health stories' on how research from the STEPS-led Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa consortium was used...
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winter school on transformation
20th October 2016 / Technology & Innovation

Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation for Transformative Change

A call for applications has been issued for a new Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation policy for Transformative Change. The...
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biogas in italy
10th October 2016 / Climate Change & Energy

Hot debate about biogas: lessons from Italy

A new STEPS working paper by Bianca Cavicchi and Adrian Ely examines the history of biogas as a source of...
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27th September 2016 / Research methods

Foresight and international development

A new IDS Bulletin, edited by Gioel Gioacchino and Jim Sumberg, explores the pros and cons of various 'foresight' approaches and methods, and their implications for development.
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spru50 conference
4th September 2016 / Technology & Innovation

Transforming Innovation: STEPS members at the SPRU50 conference

As part of its 50th anniversary in 2016, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) is hosting a major conference from 7-9...
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1st September 2016 / Food & Agriculture, Governance & Policy

Debating Open Data and Land Governance – 6-20 September

From 6-20 September, 2016, the Land Portal Foundation and the Cadasta Foundation will be jointly holding a debate on Open Data and Land Governance: Increased accountability and transparency as a means to overcoming poverty
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30th August 2016 / Governance & Policy, Understanding sustainability

STEPS at the Royal Geographical Society conference

STEPS co-director Andy Stirling is the keynote speaker at the Royal Geographical Society annual conference this week. This year’s conference...
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Solar training in a village in Bangladesh
22nd June 2016 / Climate Change & Energy, Understanding sustainability, Water

5 Challenges for least developed countries in the post-2015 era

2016 has been a big year for international agreements on development. New Sustainable Development Goals and targets were agreed. The...
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Ebola prevention
22nd June 2016 / Health & Disease

Ebola initiatives win ESRC Outstanding International Impact Prize

The Ebola Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP) and the related Ebola: lessons for development initiatives have won the prestigious Economic and...
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10th March 2016 / Research methods

Andy Stirling on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Moral Maze’: Is Science Morally Neutral?

STEPS co-director Andy Stirling was one of the 'witnesses' in an interesting debate on the Moral Maze last night, discussing...
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8th February 2016 / Urbanisation

Lyla Mehta interviewed by BBC World Service on inequality and consumption

STEPS researcher Lyla Mehta was a guest on BBC World Service’s flagship discussion programme, The Forum, to talk about inequality...
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29th January 2016 / Understanding sustainability, Urbanisation

South Asia Sustainability Hub launched in Delhi

The economist Nitin Desai, the environmentalist Sunita Narain and the writer P. Sainath spoke at the South Asia Sustainability Hub...
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28th January 2016 / Urbanisation

Citizens’ voices need to be heard on climate and cities

Citizens’ voices need to be heard on climate and cities, say researchers at launch of South Asia Sustainability Hub More...
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2nd December 2015 / Climate Change & Energy, Food & Agriculture, Health & Disease, Resource politics

A year of STEPS: 2015 highlights

As it’s nearing the end of 2015, here are some highlights you may have missed from the STEPS Centre’s last...
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16th September 2015 / Resource politics

Resource Politics conference: papers, blogs, pictures, video

Our international conference Resource Politics: transforming pathways to sustainability on 7-9 September brought together a fantastic group of activists and...
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6th July 2015 / Climate Change & Energy, Technology & Innovation

‘African Technopolitan’ July 2015 features STEPS work on climate innovation

STEPS thinking on low carbon development is profiled in the latest issue of the African Technopolitan [PDF]the flagship magazine from...
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29th June 2015 / Research methods

Andy Stirling on Nexus methods, knowledge and power

The way in which knowledge about ‘nexus challenges’ is created and distributed is discussed in a new discussion paper by...
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18th June 2015 / Resource politics

Myint Zaw to join us for Resource Politics 2015

Myint Zaw, winner of one of this year’s ‘Green Nobels’, the Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia, will speak at Resource...
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24th April 2015 / Health & Disease

Addressing resistance to antibiotics

There is growing international concern about the threat to public health of the emergence and spread of bacteria resistant to...
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1st April 2015 / Climate Change & Energy, Water

Jeremy Allouche on BBC’s ‘Today’ Programme: Taiwan and global water reserves

STEPS member and IDS fellow Jeremy Allouche discussed global water reserves on this morning's Today Programme on BBC Radio 4....
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9th March 2015 / Resource politics

Join us for Resource Politics 2015

The ESRC STEPS Centre's annual conference, Resource Politics: transforming pathways to sustainability will be held at the Institute of Development...
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5th February 2015 / Technology & Innovation

Adrian Smith interviewed on Spanish radio about innovation, technology & society

Adrian Smith, convenor of our Grassroots Innovation research, was recently interviewed on Spanish radio about the role that technology plays...
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19th October 2014 / Research methods

Multicriteria Mapping software launched

Multicriteria Mapping (MCM), a new software package to aid decision-making by exploring contrasting perspectives on complex issues, has been launched....
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7th October 2014 / Understanding sustainability

STEPS wins ISSC Transformations to Sustainability grant

The ESRC STEPS Centre is delighted to have won an International Social Science Council (ISSC) seed grant under the new...
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7th October 2014

STEPS wins ISSC Transformations to Sustainability grant

The ESRC STEPS Centre is delighted to have won an International Social Science Council (ISSC) seed grant under the new...
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16th June 2014 / Research methods

Andy Stirling at events on well-being and research methods

STEPS director Andy Stirling was a speaker at “Let’s Talk Happiness – beyond GDP”, a conference organised by the Various...
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28th April 2014 / Food & Agriculture

African Farmer: a new online game

African Farmer, a free, open source online game, has been launched by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the University of...
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13th January 2014 / Climate Change & Energy, News

Can Chinese innovation help address the climate crisis?

New research project explores lessons for 'low carbon innovation’ from world’s biggest polluter A unique new UK-China project launches today,...
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10th October 2013 / Resource politics, Urbanisation, Water

Access to Water in peri-urban India

A new article examining the increasing inequalities around water provision in Delhi by STEPS Centre partner Alankar is published this week. Socio-Spatial Situatedness and...
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28th August 2013 / Food & Agriculture

Arguing about agronomy: the changing politics of agronomy research

A new article in Outlook on Agriculture explores how agronomy has been affected by social change since the 1970s. The science of...
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8th July 2013 / Resource politics

Getting the facts right on land grabs: 5 new (free) articles

As part of its series on land grabs, The Journal of Peasant Studies has released a collection of 5 new...
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14th June 2012 / Resource politics

Press release: Green grabs: the dark side of the green economy

Green’ market initiatives are increasing poverty. Local ecosystem stewardship must be nurtured instead. ‘Green grabbing’ -  the rapidly-growing appropriation of...
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