Transformations Conference 2021: STEPS Methods Sessions

The upcoming annual Transformations Conference will feature a talks by STEPS colleagues reflecting on questions of methods and methodology. These talks will form part of the Centre’s theme for 2021: Methods. The sessions will take place on 17-18 June, and are open to registered participants of the 2021 Transformations Conference. The Sessions Theories and Perspectives…

Transformation Conference 2021: Tapestry project sessions

The Tapestry project will be participating in a series of sessions at the upcoming 2021 Transformations Conference. The events will narrow in on marginal environments and climate uncertainty in South Asia, as well as taking a wider look at visual methods, and how they help build knowledge from below. Those speaking will include Hans Adam,…

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Animated explainer: What are Pathways to Sustainability?

How should people address problems like climate change, environmental destruction, poverty and injustice? With many possible ways to respond, whose voices and ideas will shape the pathways that are chosen? A new animation from the ESRC STEPS Centre introduces the idea of pathways to sustainability – a way to think about challenging sustainability problems and…

Watch: Andy Stirling and Sobia Kaker on Covid-19, uncertainty and development

In a virtual Sussex Development Lecture on 12 November 2020, Andy Stirling and Sobia Ahmad Kaker discussed the politics of uncertainty in the light of Covid-19 pandemic. The conversation drew on insights from the STEPS book The Politics of Uncertainty: Challenges of Transformation, published this year by Routledge, of which both speakers are co-authors. You…

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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Call for session proposals: Contested Natures – POLLEN conference 2020

The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Third Biennial Conference will be held in Brighton, United Kingdom on 24-26 June 2020 on the theme of Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration. The organisers have issued a call for proposals for themed sessions in a variety of both conventional and novel formats, aspiring to bring together perspectives and ways…

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STEPS to host POLLEN2020 ‘Contested Natures’ conference

Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Third Biennial Conference Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration Brighton, UK 24-26 June, 2020 #POLLEN20 We are happy to announce that the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Third Biennial Conference will be held in Brighton, United Kingdom on 24-26 June 2020 on the theme of Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration. POLLEN20 will be…

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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…

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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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STEPS at the World Social Science Forum (WSSF) on 25-28 September

The STEPS Centre and its partners from the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium will be at the World Social Science Forum (WSSF) next week. This year’s event is held in Fukuoka, Japan. The WSSF’s theme this year is ‘Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures’. Convened by the International Science Council (ISC), the WSSF aims to…