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Pathways to sustainability: knowledge, politics and power

Virtual event, 8 December 2021 This final event of the ESRC STEPS Centre brought together friends, collaborators and networks from around the world. We explored the major challenges for sustainability in the present moment, reflected on lessons from the past fifteen years, and discussed future possibilities, plans and initiatives. Video playlist: Watch Talks from the…

The ‘Methods bazaar’: what did we learn about transdisciplinary methods for sustainability?

What methods can help to ‘open up’ and ‘broaden out’ pathways to sustainability, revealing alternatives to one-track visions of progress and expertise? Sustainability challenges – from Covid-19 to climate change, agri-food futures to urbanisation – require thinking carefully about the relationships between power, knowledge and action. Transdisciplinary methods can offer a way to make new…

Methods bazaar: Transdisciplinary methods for sustainability

  An online knowledge exchange event for researchers and other participants in sustainability initiatives interested in transdisciplinary methods 8 November 2021 15.00 – 18.00 UTC/GMT BLOG: The Methods ‘bazaar’ – What did we learn about transdisciplinary methods for sustainability? Video and reflections from the event, including short talks by researchers with experience of using methods…

ARIN/ASH Summer School on Decolonizing Sustainability Research

15-22 August 2021 Organised by the Africa Research & Impact Network and Africa Sustainability Hub Deadline for applications: 1 June 2021 Full details (ARIN website) Application form Background In the Global South, ‘coloniality’ has long been associated with political rule over subordinated countries. 1. Struggles for ‘decoloniality’ have evolved from the undoing of colonial rule, to the…

Methods: The sowing of shared dreams – Umbela Conversatorio #2

In connection with our 2021 Methods theme, the Mexico-based NGO Umbela – Transformaciones Sostenibles is holding a series of online events on the theme of ‘Cultivating Knowledges’. In the second event in this series, The sowing of shared dreams, Tania, Enrico, Mirna and Loni talk about how to plant dreams, utopias that they describe as…

ARIN Webinar: Multidimensionality of Methods

Webinar organised by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). 8 July 2021 This webinar explores multiple facets of research (such as funding flows, research politics, and the perceived research power dynamics between female and male researcher), and how collectively they promote or undermine decoloniality of methods. Considering that different disciplines have variety in methodological…

Transformations Conference: Tales of Uncertainty, Resilience and Transformation Through Visual Stories and Narratives

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. We focus how participatory storytelling, through visual methods, facilitates an engaged process of building knowledge from below by sketching issues of vivencia representing climate change, uncertainty and transformative actions in South Asia. The participants discuss potential, limitations and scope for co-creation of knowledge….

Transformations Conference: Transformations from within: Towards a 2nd person epistemologies & methodologies

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. Presenters: Jesús M. Siqueiros, Alex Penn; Lakshmi Charli-Joseph; Beth Cullen; Marina Apgar; Andrew Stirling Abstract: Structural, systemic and enabling transformations towards sustainability require reconnecting to our local environment and the biosphere in general (i.e., Folke et al. 2011, Scoones et al. 2020, among…

Transformations Conference: Africa – ‘Philosophical Underpinnings’ In Decolonizing Research Methods For Transformation Towards Sustainability

This plenary session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. This event is convened by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). CONVENERS: Joanes Atela and Joel Onyango. With contributions from Andrew Stirling, Laura Pereira, Nadia Sitas, and Jessica Cockburn View conference programme Background In contributing to the decoloniality imperative, the session…

T-Lab: Transformation As Praxis – Responding To Climate Change Uncertainties In Marginal Environments In South Asia

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. In this session we present and open for debate experiences and challenges (methodological and conceptual) from carrying out project research on transformation from ‘below’ in marginal environments in South Asia marked by high levels of climate-related uncertainties and where transformative changes are being assembled…

Transformations Conference: Theories and Perspectives of Transformations

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. A live Q&A session with the authors of the presentations in this Interactive Session will take place at the scheduled time. Registered participants can watch the pre-recorded presentations from 7/06/2021 until 31/08/2021. Speakers: Bruce Goldstein Cristina Costa Salavedra Neha Mungekar Paulina Aldunce Andy Stirling…

Transformations conference: Transformative Responses to Climate Uncertainties in South Asia

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. In this session we present and open for debate experiences and challenges (methodological and conceptual) from carrying out project research on transformation from ‘below’ in marginal environments in South Asia marked by high levels of climate-related uncertainties and where transformative changes are being…

Transformations Conference 2021: STEPS Methods Sessions

The upcoming annual Transformations Conference will feature a talks by STEPS colleagues reflecting on questions of methods and methodology. These talks will form part of the Centre’s theme for 2021: Methods. The sessions will take place on 17-18 June, and are open to registered participants of the 2021 Transformations Conference. The Sessions Theories and Perspectives…

Valuing Diversity in Methods – ARIN webinar

April 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm EAT (East African Time) Organised by Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN) In 2021, the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN) and partners (ACTS Kenya, STEPS Centre UK, Umbela Transformaciones Sostenibles and the Global Sustainability Hubs), are exploring what decoloniality would mean for research methods, and policy (engagement, co-creation,…

Power and Methods (ARIN webinar)

14.30-16.30 (East Africa Time/Nairobi) 5 March 2021, online Subscribe to our Events newsletter During 2021, the African Research and Impact Network (ARIN) are convening a series of events and engagements on Methods. The ARIN events explore the question of Decolonising Methodologies to Sustainability in Africa. In the Global South, ‘coloniality’ has long been associated with…

Researching Pastoral Mobilities: Exploring Methods and Frameworks

18 – 21 June 2019 Friedensau University (Germany/Möckern) The “Pastoral Mobilities: Exploring Frameworks and Methods” writing workshop responds to the need to revisit our methodological infrastructure, as researchers of mobile pastoralism, to align with broader advancements in the understating of pastoral livelihoods and their environments, as well as with the contemporary empirics of research with…

STEPS Summer School

The Summer School is a two-week immersive course on theories and practical approaches to sustainability, through creative, interactive and participatory learning. Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the University of Sussex campus, near…