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…

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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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STEPS Learning: new e-learning website on Pathways to Sustainability

The ESRC STEPS Centre has launched a new online learning website for self-study and use in teaching. The STEPS Learning site features: An online course on Pathways to Sustainability, with video lectures, reading lists and questions on theories, methodologies and practical examples informed by a decade of the STEPS Centre’s work linking research and action…

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Foresight and international development

A new IDS Bulletin, edited by Gioel Gioacchino and Jim Sumberg, explores the pros and cons of various ‘foresight’ approaches and methods, and their implications for development.

Andy Stirling on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Moral Maze’: Is Science Morally Neutral?

STEPS co-director Andy Stirling was one of the ‘witnesses’ in an interesting debate on the Moral Maze last night, discussing ethics and democracy in science. (Update, 14 March 2016: Andy has written a post for the Guardian’s ‘Political Science’ blog reflecting on biases around science & technology discussions in the UK.) Alongside its many benefits,…

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Andy Stirling on Nexus methods, knowledge and power

The way in which knowledge about ‘nexus challenges’ is created and distributed is discussed in a new discussion paper by Andy Stirling, to inform a workshop on ‘Transdisciplinary Methods for developing Nexus Capabilities’ this week. The workshop is organised by the ESRC-funded Nexus Network, an initiative which brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and…