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Search examples, events, commentary and publications on methods that help explore pathways to sustainability. This archive draws from 15 years of the ESRC STEPS Centre’s research with collaborators around the world.

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Village meeting in Sundarbans

Uncertainty from Below Methods

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. Background Ecological uncertainty has usually been theorized from ‘above’ by experts, natural scientists, and modellers who measure and make prognoses about water availability and variability, glacier movements as well as changes in temperature…

Lightbulbs of different shapes and sizes

Situating pathways in historical contexts

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. Background Concern for the uneven development consequences of mainstream approaches to promoting innovation systems is prompting interest in more inclusive approaches to innovation. A variety of ‘inclusive innovation’ approaches are being developed and…

Responding to Uncertainty: Bats and the Construction of Disease Risk in Ghana

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. Background Bats perform critical ecological roles, live very closely with humans and interact with livestock in new and changing ways that reflect shifting human demography and lifestyle patterns. They are not conventionally understood…

Solar installation in Zambia

Pro-poor, low carbon development methods

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. Background Despite widespread recognition of the potential development and climate change benefits of facilitating more widespread access to low carbon energy technologies in developing countries, past policy approaches have tended to frame the…

Environmental Change and Maize Innovation Pathways in Kenya

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. Methodological approach and lessons from the STEPS Centre Environmental Change and Maize Innovation Pathways in Kenya project. This presentation (right) can be viewed in conjuntion with the explanatory text below. Opening Up and Broadening Out Maize…

Interrogating intervention pathways, landscapes and livelihoods in African forests

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. What difference does carbon make? Interrogating intervention pathways, landscapes and livelihoods in African forests New deals on climate change are giving increasing value to carbon – in market-based carbon trading and offset schemes….

Assessment of food and agricultural assessments

This is one of a series of case studies showing how STEPS Centre projects have used methods and methodologies in particular settings. Background After a long period, from the late 1960s until ~2008 when prices of internationally traded food products suddenly started to rise and oscillate, with levels of volatility far higher than had been…