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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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Emancipatory Rural Politics: call for papers at AAG2018

Emancipatory Rural Politics: contextualising authoritarian populism and resisting, mobilizing and creating alternatives Call for papers, Association of American Geographers 2018 annual meeting, 10-14 April, New Orleans Organizers: Amber Huff (Institute of Development Studies and STEPS Centre) & Levi Van Sant (Georgia Southern University) Two sessions are being organized for AAG 2018 as part of the Emancipatory…

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Call for papers: Platform economy and new collaborative forms of production

The journal Liinc em Revista is inviting submission of articles, subject to double-blind evaluation, for publication in Vol. 14, n. 1 (May 2018). Unpublished articles in Portuguese, Spanish and English are accepted. This issue will present a dossier on “Platform economy and new collaborative forms of production”, organized by Guest Editors Valeria Arza (Cenit/Steps América…

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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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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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A global outlook for impact: Sussex ranked #1 for Development Studies

The QS University Rankings 2017 have ranked the University of Sussex first in the world for Development Studies. The result is an opportunity to celebrate the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered across the Sussex campus, including at the Institute of Development Studies.

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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)

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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…