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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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History of the Sussex Manifesto

Professor Sir Hans Singer considered it one of the three most important reports he had been involved in writing. Given Prof. Singer’s illustrious career spanning seven decades from 1936, that is quite an endorsement. The report in question is The Sussex Manifesto: Science and Technology to Developing Countries during the Second Development Decade (1970). Professor…

group discussion around a table with colourful graphical objects

‘Pathways’ Network: Transformative pathways to sustainability

The PATHWAYS Network carries out comparative research in six countries to explore how to work with local people on social transformations in the context of environmental change. We are conducting ‘Transformation Labs’ (T-Labs) with diverse groups in each country to address a specific socio-ecological problem. We aim to provoke change, test methods, learn from each…

Understanding views of 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. The presentation (above) can be viewed in conjunction with the explanatory text below. Opening Up and Broadening Out Maize…

world map made out of food

Assessment of food and agricultural assessments

Case study on a STEPS project that used different methods to analyse a number of international assessments and policy documents on agriculture and food, which have been produced over recent years to diagnose problems and explore potential responses.