Many methods offer ways to link knowledge and action for sustainability. But there are intense pressures to close down and narrow the way knowledge is produced and used for instrumental ends. What methodological assemblages, frameworks, tools and associated ways of being could help challenge these pressures, open up to more perspectives and participation in research, and allow us to pursue more plural pathways to sustainability?
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17 February 2021: Challenging research for sustainability – transdisciplinary methods, relationships, politics and praxis
Launch event. Speakers: Andy Stirling (STEPS/University of Sussex); Anabel Marin (IDS); Lakshmi Charli-Joseph and Patricia Pérez-Belmont (LANCIS-IE-UNAM/Umbela); Joel Onyango and Joanes Atela (ACTS/ARIN). Moderators: Marina Apgar (IDS) and Rose Cairns (SPRU).
5 March 2021: Power and Methods
Webinar convened by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN) on how larger theories about methodologies have been applied to engage, challenge and shift power, and rein in hierarchical authorities (coloniality) associated with methods in Africa.
15 April: Valuing diversity in Methods
This seminar, hosted by ARIN, explores how concrete methods have been applied in different (geographical, social, political) settings to demonstrate diversity, with multiple range inputs, framings, and voices.
8 July: Multidimensionality of Methods
ARIN-hosted seminar exploring how patterns of funding, politics and gender bias act together to reinforce coloniality in research.
Blog posts on methods
The sowing of shared dreams – Umbela Conversatorio #2
Cultivating knowledges series, July 2021
Regenerating the soil for new roots – Umbela Conversatorio #1
Cultivating Knowledges series, April 2021
Waves of challenging research for sustainability
Patricia Pérez Belmont, March 2021
Challenging sustainability research: how can methods make a difference?
Marina Apgar and Rose Cairns, February 2021
How do we ‘decolonise’ research methodologies?
Joel Onyango and Nora Ndege, March 2021
Browse our selection of methods that can be used to explore different pathways to sustainability. We emphasise methods that help to ‘open up’ perspectives on a problem, and ‘broaden out’ the possible options or outcomes.
The Pathways Approach
Learn more about the STEPS Centre’s ‘pathways approach’: a guide to thinking and action around emerging sustainability challenges associated with climate change, energy, pandemic disease, water scarcity, hunger, poverty and inequality.
Further resources on methods, including courses and suggested readings.