STEPS Uncertainty Podcast

The STEPS Uncertainty Podcast is a series of four conversations recorded with participants after our symposium in July 2019, available as a podcast to stream or download. The symposium, The Politics of Uncertainty: Practical Challenges for Transformative Action, explored the many ways that people understand and respond to uncertainty in different domains – including finance…

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Apply now: STEPS Summer School 2020

The ninth and final STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability will take place on 11-22 May 2020 in Brighton, UK. Applications for the Summer School are open now. The deadline for applications is 26 January 2020. Download the brochure (PDF) Apply now (online form) Who should apply? Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and…

STEPS at Transformations 2019

Members of the STEPS Centre, including the global consortium, will be presenting at and facilitating various sessions at Transformations 2019 in Santiago, Chile. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to gain insights from the experiences and findings of the Pathways project  and to engage with the work of STEPS members. If you are…

Local knowledge and ideas are key to action on climate disruption

Press release, 20 September 2019 Vulnerable coastal areas of South Asia face a ‘perfect storm’ of increasing climate uncertainties combined with threats to livelihoods from inequality, industrial development and marginalisation, according to an international team of researchers working with local partners in India and Bangladesh. But the region can adapt to climate change more effectively…

New resources support participatory research in socio-ecological systems

A groups of researchers from the STEPS North America hub have produced new resources for exploring the possibility for new kinds of agency in complex socio-ecological systems. The results will be useful for any groups looking to facilitate similar processes in their own contexts.

TransAction Pre-Conference Workshops

We are very happy to invite you to participate in our TransAction Pre-Conference Workshops. We will have fun learning from each other and we promise you that you will not regret participating, on the contrary, you will love it! You can sign up for one of five organized workshops, which will be facilitated by experts…

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In turbulent times, how can science, technology and innovation be joined up?

Co-operating across national borders is difficult, but the UN has recently been working on a more co-ordinated approach for science and technology to contribute to development goals. The rise of protectionist policies may make this harder, however, as some countries become less willing to share ideas and resources with others. To explore the issues and…

STEPS co-director Ian Scoones awarded Ester Boserup prize for research on development

Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at IDS and co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre has been awarded the 2019 Ester Boserup prize for research on development. In a lecture on 14 June in Copenhagen, he will give a lecture to mark the award, explaining his current work on uncertainty. The lecture takes place at 14.00 Danish…

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New papers explore heated debates in agronomy for development

A special issue of Experimental Agriculture, ‘Doing Development-Oriented Agronomy: Rethinking Methods, Concepts and Direction’ brings together a selection of papers that not only present agronomic research findings, but critically review orientations, methodologies and research practices in agronomy. The special issue is edited by Jens Andersson and Ken Giller, who (along with STEPS members Jim Sumberg and John…

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Uncertainty, politics and science

STEPS co-director Andy Stirling has written a series of three blog posts to introduce the STEPS Centre’s theme for 2019: Uncertainty. In the series, he explores how uncertainty is framed and closed down, how this framing is shaped by policy makers and those who advise them, and the implications for science and innovation. Although there…