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…

Pravin Kushwaha

In memoriam: Dr Pravin Kushwaha

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the death of Dr Pravin Kushwaha, of the South Asia Sustainability Hub. A notice by his colleagues in India is posted below. We, the CSSP fraternity, along with the members of the Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies and Gurugram Water Forum, express our grief at…

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,…

Methods video: Regenerating the soil for new roots – Umbela Conversatorio #1

Our colleagues in Mexico have have launched the first webinar in a four-part series, Cultivating Knowledges. The first webinar was convened in April by Umbela Transformaciones Sostenibles and LANCIS-IE-UNAM and brought together four “knowledges cultivators” from Colombia and Mexico. They discussed how they expanded their belief systems in order to incorporate more plural ways of…

Podcast: Forest of Thought – Andy Stirling on ‘imaginations of control’

In our age of converging environmental, ecological, and health crises, decision-makers and commentators often state we need to “listen to the science”. But what structures lie beneath these assumptions of impartiality?  STEPS Centre co-director Andy Stirling is featured in the most recent episode of the Forest of Thought podcast, discussing this question and its implications….

pathways approach

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…

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STEPS members recognised in global list of ‘highly cited’ researchers

Members of the ESRC STEPS Centre based at the Institute of Development Studies and University of Sussex have been included in the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers List, compiled by Clarivate Analytics.   The list includes STEPS Centre co-director Professor Ian Scoones of the Institute of Development Studies, and Professor Adrian Smith of the Science Policy…

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…

Contested Natures

‘Contested Natures’ conference programme now published

The conference programme is now published for ‘Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration‘, the third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN). The conference takes place on 22-25 September 2020, and is the largest event of the STEPS Centre’s ‘Natures’ year. It is held online on a virtual platform: registration is required to attend. You…

New online exhibition: ‘Extracting Us’

The online exhibition ‘Extracting Us’ brings together different visions and responses to extractivism from feminist perspectives. The curators are keen to emphasise different ways of seeing, linking to further information and solidarity, and challenge conventional narratives and forms of representation. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of online conversations – details are on the…