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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…

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One Health Day: 3 November 2016

Read our ‘One Health stories’ on how research from the STEPS-led Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa consortium was used to inform responses to zoonotic disease.

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Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation for Transformative Change

A call for applications has been issued for a new Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation policy for Transformative Change. The Winter School takes place on 16-20 January 2017 at the University of Sussex. The course seeks to familiarise participants with state-of-the-art debates about the ‘transformative change’ frame of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) policy and…

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Hot debate about biogas: lessons from Italy

A new STEPS working paper by Bianca Cavicchi and Adrian Ely examines the history of biogas as a source of energy in the region of Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy. Over the last few decades, the potential of biogas in Emilia Romagna has been explored and debated by different agencies and people. But it has not…

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5 Challenges for least developed countries in the post-2015 era

2016 has been a big year for international agreements on development. New Sustainable Development Goals and targets were agreed. The Paris Agreement, the strongest statement for some time on climate change action, was signed. But if the aspirations in them are to be fulfilled, hard work is needed. This hard work should benefit the poorest…

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Ebola initiatives win ESRC Outstanding International Impact Prize

The Ebola Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP) and the related Ebola: lessons for development initiatives have won the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Outstanding International Impact Prize. The team comprised leading anthropologists from the Institute of Development Studies and its partners, led by IDS director and former STEPS director Melissa Leach. The initiative built…