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How do ‘transformative spaces’ open up possibilities for action?

A paper by Fiona Marshall (SPRU), Jonathan Dolley (SPRU) and Ritu Priya (South Asia Sustainability Hub) explores how ‘transformative space making’ can contribute to systemic change that supports pro-poor transformations to sustainability. The authors describe transformative spaces as follows: “The metaphor of transformative spaces is used here not to suggest a bounded location in space…

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Apply now: ‘Writeshop/workshop’ on Critical Agrarian Studies, Beijing, July 2019

Early career researchers from the Global South are invited to apply to be part of a summer ‘writeshop’/workshop in Beijing on critical agrarian studies and activism. The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2019.

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‘Creative engine room’ launched in Brighton to respond to environmental challenges

A new ‘creative engine room’ to generate art that responds to urgent environmental challenges, including climate change, has been launched in Brighton. The ‘System Change HIVE’, hosted by the University of Brighton’s School of Media, brings together emerging artists from the Sussex area and university arts and media students, with experts in sustainable development, post-growth…

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Apply now: STEPS Summer School 2019

The ESRC STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2019 Summer School, which will take place from 13-24 May in the UK. Apply now Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and interested in transdisciplinary methods and the politics of…

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,…

Three approaches for transformations to sustainability: new STEPS paper

A new paper from the STEPS Centre sets out a new threefold framework for achieving transformative change under the Sustainable Development Goals. The working paper, Transformations to Sustainability, is co-authored by researchers from across the STEPS global consortium. The framework includes three approaches to transformation, which the authors call structural, systemic and enabling approaches. Transformations…

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How can we reveal power and bias when synthesising evidence for policy?

In a letter published today in Nature, STEPS co-director Andy Stirling and Clive Mitchell (Scottish Natural Heritage) suggest that ‘open-mindedness’ is a key principle in making evidence synthesis more useful for policy. From pesticides to epidemics or obesity, there is often demand for analysis of a vast range of evidence to help inform decision-making and…

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Xochimilco and its wetlands: lessons from the earthquake of 2017

Researchers of the STEPS Centre North America hub have published an article about its work relating to “chinampas” of Xochimilco, a very vast wetland in the peri-urban area of México City that was beaten by the earthquake of 2017.

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Citizen science and big data: join a panel at EASST 2018

Paper proposals are invited for a panel on citizen science, data and digital technology, as part of the next EASST Conference at Lancaster University, UK in July 2018. Among the organisers are Valeria Arza and Mariano Fressoli of STEPS América Latina. The panel is entitled Citizen science: active citizenship vs. data commodification. Paper proposals are…

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Video: Andy Stirling on Grand Challenges, interdisciplinary research and transformations

The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences have published video of a lecture (40 min) by STEPS co-director Andy Stirling at Keele University on 1 November 2017. In the lecture, Prof Stirling explains how knowledge and action for sustainability is framed around ‘Grand Challenges’, and the role of interdisciplinary research. In the pursuit of control…