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How do pastoralists handle uncertainty? Insights from Asia, Europe and Africa

Pastoralists are experts in uncertainty. In a series of 3 blog posts, STEPS director Ian Scoones reports back from visits to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Isiolo (Northern Kenya) and the Tibetan plateau. The visits were carried out under the PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience) project, which explores what can be learned from the ways…

New publication: T-Labs: A Practical Guide

The ESRC STEPS Centre and its partners have published a new guide to T-Labs (Transformation Labs). The 40-page guide draws on lessons from the Pathways Network, a project investigating new approaches for transformations to sustainability. Since 2016, the Pathways Network has convened T-Labs to respond to social-ecological problems in six countries (Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, China,…

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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 to boost Africa’s access to climate change funds Kenya’s top climate think tank has partnered with a British university to drive policies to tackle climate change. The Africa Centre for Technology Studies and the University…

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 preparation of Green Climate Fund (GCF) proposals. The GCF is the financial mechanism responsible for funding the implementation of UN climate policy. Policy makers attending the course are from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. The…

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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 students to start in February 2019 for three years full-time. The students will be working with the PASTRES project in Qinghai-Sichuan, China, Sardinia, Italy or Isiolo, Kenya. Applicants must come from these regions, be deeply…

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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 a huge influence on scholarship and public debate about science and innovation worldwide. Among his many achievements was the founding of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in 1995, a pioneering development research thinktank….

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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 2016, in an assessment published by the International Centre for Climate Governance. The ranking also shows that ACTS, which co-hosts the Africa Sustainability Hub, is the top think tank on climate change in Africa. The…

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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 cover field work expenses on research into nexus governance in southern Africa. Candidates for fieldwork fellowships should be MA students, PhD students or recent post-PhD researchers. Candidates who have not received substantial fieldwork funding, who…

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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 2016. On the 28th, Kennedy gave a talk entitled “The Political Economy of Sustainability: Public Policy Dimensions” to international students of BNU. Download Kennedy’s slides from the China hub website (PDF)