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CfP: POLLEN18 – Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics

A call for panellists has been issued for a panel on ‘Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics’ at the POLLEN conference in Oslo, 20-22 June 2018. The panel is organised by Amber Huff, a STEPS member and resesarch fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. It is related to the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative launched…

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Call for papers: International conference on authoritarian populism in the rural world

A call for abstracts has been issued for an international conference in March 2018, to explore the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings, as well as resistance and alternatives. The deadline for paper abstracts is 15 November. Collaborations between researchers and activists are especially encouraged, and the conference welcomes presentations in diverse media and…

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STEPS presents research at Resilience and Transformations conferences

The STEPS Centre and our partners in the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium will present new and emerging research at two major international conferences in August and September 2017. We will be taking part in the Resilience 2017 conference in Stockholm, Sweden on 20-23 August, and the Transformations conference in Dundee, UK on 30 August…

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A Food Brexit: Time to get real

The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, titled ‘A Food Brexit: time to get real’ (PDF). The report is written by three leading food policy specialists. They are Professor Tim Lang (City, University…

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4th BICAS Conference: call for abstracts on extractivism & rural social dynamics in the BRICS

Following the launch of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), a call for papers has been issued for an international conference in Moscow in October. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPERS for the international conference New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies fourth conference Moscow, 13-16 October 2017 How…

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GM mustard in India: are important questions not being asked?

The Indian researcher Poonam Pandey has written an opinion piece for the Hindustan Times about the latest controversy over GM mustard in India. DMH 11 (Dhara Mustard Hybrid) was recently approved by the country’s biotechnology regulator for commercial release. But the article lists some potential concerns with this development, including the accuracy of claims about…

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Small grants call to launch Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

The new Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) has launched with a call for small grants applications. The grants will fund working papers and fieldwork to generate new, empirical reflections and analysis on authoritarian populism and the rural world. About ERPI Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings…

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New research on pastoralism in Africa funded by European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded one of its prestigious Advanced Grants to STEPS director Prof Ian Scoones. Ian will take this opportunity to build upon his earlier work on pastoralism in Africa and share lessons from the margins to address global challenges (see the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa). Ian’s project will…

STEPS researchers receive grants from Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), a partnership between the University of Sussex and the Institute for Development Studies, has announced its first round of funding.

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Who owns our seeds? Video ‘Intellectual Property and Seeds’ explains the issues

Limiting access to seeds means limiting food production and access, and putting biodiversity at risk. This video explains the importance of intellectual property for seeds. It was produced by STEPS America Latina to inform debates in Argentina about the corporate control and patenting of seeds. The topic is addressed by the Argentina team in the…