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17th September 2018 / Food & Agriculture, Global Consortium news, Latin America Hub news, Technology & Innovation

Ubuntu, collective seed: Bioleft project on the press

Two articles about Bioleft project and the first Bioleft seed, Ubuntu, were published last month on specialized n n the press Bioleft project and
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6th September 2018 / Europe Hub news, Research methods

How can we reveal power and bias when synthesising evidence for policy?

In a letter published today in Nature, STEPS co-director Andy Stirling and Clive Mitchell (Scottish Natural Heritage) suggest that ‘open-mindedness’...
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31st July 2018 / Africa Hub news, Climate Change & Energy

ACTS and Sussex University work together to boost Africa’s access to climate change funds

Press release / African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) (source) Nairobi, Kenya 27 July 2018 ACTS partners with UK varsity...
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26th July 2018 / Climate Change & Energy, Europe Hub news, Resource politics

New journal ‘Nature and Space’ launched

The links between the environment and justice, past and present, are highlighted in a  new article, ‘The antinomies of nature...
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13th July 2018 / Climate Change & Energy, Europe Hub news, Resource politics, South Asia Hub news

New ‘TAPESTRY’ project on transformations from below in uncertain environments

A new project involving STEPS is one of twelve awarded funding by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE joint programme Transformations...
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11th July 2018 / Africa Hub news, Climate Change & Energy, Technology & Innovation

Africa Sustainability Hub runs training for climate policy makers

The Africa Sustainability Hub is running a 2 week fully funded internship on 9-20 July for African policymakers on the...
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Authoritarian populism and the rural world
21st June 2018

New resource: Authoritarian populism and the rural world

Authoritarian populism is on the rise, claiming support from rural areas. A new resource hosted by openDemocracy explores how authoritarian...
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Xochimilco, México. Photo: Fotografía: Rocío Brito García, Oikos
7th June 2018 / Global Consortium news, North America Hub news, Research methods

Xochimilco and its wetlands: lessons from the earthquake of 2017

Researchers of the STEPS Centre North America hub have published an article about its work relating to “chinampas” of Xochimilco, a very vast wetland in the peri-urban area of México City that was beaten by the earthquake of 2017.
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7th June 2018 / Food & Agriculture, Latin America Hub news, Technology & Innovation, Understanding sustainability

From common good to corporate ownership: The new strategy to modify the Seed Law

De bien común a propiedad corporativa: La nueva estrategia para modificar la Ley de Semillas By Maxi Goldschmidt Abstract This article...
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7th June 2018 / Food & Agriculture, Latin America Hub news, News, Technology & Innovation, Understanding sustainability

Open Source Seeds

Semillas con código abierto By Juan Manuel Repetto Abstract Currently, the seed industry has a high level of concentration and...
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T-Lab in Buenos Aires: Bioleft, open source seeds
4th June 2018 / Latin America Hub news

T-Lab in Buenos Aires: Bioleft, co-designing open source seeds

The Latin America Hub of Pathways to Sustainabilty project is working on a system to protect biological information and ensure its circulation for research and development.
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22nd May 2018 / Africa Hub news, China Hub news, Europe Hub news, Pastoralism

Three PhD scholarships on pastoralism in Kenya, China and Italy

As part of an Advanced Grant European Research Council award, led by Professor Ian Scoones, we are recruiting three PhD...
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10th May 2018

The Life and Legacy of Geoff Oldham, 13 April 2018

'The Life and Legacy of Geoff Oldham', held at the Conference Centre at the University of Sussex on 13 April...
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20th April 2018 / Europe Hub news, Food & Agriculture, Resource politics

Multimedia story: #ERPI2018 – Authoritarian Populism & the Rural World

The event Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World, held in March in The Hague, generated a lively online discussion. We've...
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Hallie Eakin
16th April 2018 / North America Hub news

Hallie Eakin honoured for her work on vulnerability, adaptation and resilience

Dr Hallie Eakin, convenor of the STEPS North America hub, was honoured with a Research Excellence Award for developing the...
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13th April 2018 / Health & Disease

Freebook: Pathways to Health and Sustainability

The second in a series of FreeBooks from Routledge, Pathways to Health and Sustainability, is available to download free of...
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7th February 2018 / Europe Hub news, Understanding sustainability

STEPS begins a new four-year programme

The STEPS Centre at Sussex, part of the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium, is beginning a new four-year phase of...
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17th January 2018 / Latin America Hub news, Research methods, Technology & Innovation

Citizen science and big data: join a panel at EASST 2018

Paper proposals are invited for a panel on citizen science, data and digital technology, as part of the next EASST...
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Calestous Juma
19th December 2017 / Africa Hub news, Technology & Innovation

Remembering Calestous Juma, scholar and champion of innovation

We are saddened to hear of the death of Prof Calestous Juma at the age of 64. Prof Juma had...
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Andy Stirling
24th November 2017 / Research methods, Understanding sustainability

Video: Andy Stirling on Grand Challenges, interdisciplinary research and transformations

The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences have published video of a lecture (40 min) by STEPS co-director Andy Stirling...
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21st November 2017 / Europe Hub news, Food & Agriculture, Resource politics

CfP: POLLEN18 – Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics

A call for panellists has been issued for a panel on 'Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics' at the POLLEN...
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25th October 2017 / Europe Hub news, Food & Agriculture, Resource politics

Call for papers: International conference on authoritarian populism in the rural world

A call for abstracts has been issued for an international conference in March 2018, to explore the rise of ‘authoritarian...
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Geoff Oldham
20th October 2017 / Technology & Innovation

Remembering Geoff Oldham

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news of the death of Professor Geoff Oldham, who...
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2nd October 2017 / Europe Hub news, Resource politics

Emancipatory Rural Politics: call for papers at AAG2018

Emancipatory Rural Politics: contextualising authoritarian populism and resisting, mobilizing and creating alternatives Call for papers, Association of American Geographers 2018 annual...
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Biohacking machine
24th August 2017 / Latin America Hub news, Technology & Innovation

Call for papers: Platform economy and new collaborative forms of production

The journal Liinc em Revista is inviting submission of articles, subject to double-blind evaluation, for publication in Vol. 14, n....
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16th August 2017 / Climate Change & Energy, Europe Hub news, Food & Agriculture, Research methods, Understanding sustainability, Urbanisation, Water

STEPS presents research at Resilience and Transformations conferences

The STEPS Centre and our partners in the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium will present new and emerging research at...
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Food Brexit
17th July 2017 / Food & Agriculture, Governance & Policy

A Food Brexit: Time to get real

The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit,...
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7th July 2017 / Africa Hub news, Climate Change & Energy

ACTS ranked among the world’s top think tanks on climate change in 2016

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) has been ranked among the top 3 climate change think tanks globally in...
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21st June 2017 / Research methods, Understanding sustainability

STEPS Learning: new e-learning website on Pathways to Sustainability

The ESRC STEPS Centre has launched a new online learning website for self-study and use in teaching. The STEPS Learning...
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Melissa Leach
19th June 2017

Prof Melissa Leach, STEPS co-founder, honoured with a CBE

Melissa Leach has been appointed as a CBE for services to Social Science, in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List....
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7th June 2017 / Food & Agriculture, Resource politics

4th BICAS Conference: call for abstracts on extractivism & rural social dynamics in the BRICS

Following the launch of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), a call for papers has been issued for an international...
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Mustard field
22nd May 2017 / Food & Agriculture, Technology & Innovation

GM mustard in India: are important questions not being asked?

The Indian researcher Poonam Pandey has written an opinion piece for the Hindustan Times about the latest controversy over GM...
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11th May 2017 / Food & Agriculture, Resource politics

Small grants call to launch Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

The new Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) has launched with a call for small grants applications. The grants will fund...
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Herder with camels
9th May 2017 / Food & Agriculture, Pastoralism

New research on pastoralism in Africa funded by European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded one of its prestigious Advanced Grants to STEPS director Prof Ian Scoones. Ian...
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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 / Europe Hub news

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 / Africa Hub news, 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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Kennedy Liti Mbeva
1st December 2016 / Africa Hub news, China Hub news

Sharing insights across continents: Africa Sustainability Hub researcher visits China Hub

STEPS Africa Sustainability Hub research fellow Kennedy Liti Mbeva visited the STEPS China Hub from 28 November to 1 December...
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29th November 2016 / Food & Agriculture, Latin America Hub news, Technology & Innovation

Who owns our seeds? Video ‘Intellectual Property and Seeds’ explains the issues

Limiting access to seeds means limiting food production and access, and putting biodiversity at risk. This video explains the importance...
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Colony of bats flying in a blue sky.
2nd November 2016 / Africa Hub news, 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 / Europe Hub news, 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, Europe Hub news

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, South Asia Hub news, 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 / Africa Hub news, 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 / South Asia Hub news, 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 / South Asia Hub news, 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 / Africa Hub news, 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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Solar installation in Zambia
19th June 2015 / Africa Hub news, Climate Change & Energy

Africa Sustainability Hub will promote low carbon opportunities

A new African sustainability research hub will make a “huge contribution” to promoting low carbon economic development in Kenya, according...
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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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China conference
21st April 2015 / China Hub news

China sustainability hub launches with international conference

The Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing China conference marked the launch of the STEPS China Sustainability Hub, and provided...
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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 / Africa Hub news, China Hub news, Europe Hub news, Latin America Hub news, North America Hub news, South Asia Hub news, 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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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 / Africa Hub news, 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 / China Hub news, 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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Woman walks along a water pipe in Dharavi
10th October 2013 / Resource politics, South Asia Hub news, 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 / Food & Agriculture, Pastoralism, 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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Green grabbing
14th June 2012 / Pastoralism, 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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