Apply now: STEPS Summer School 2019

Rivers of life

The ESRC STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2019 Summer School, which will take place from 13-24 May in the UK.

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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 the environment.

The Summer School is a two-week immersive course on theories and practical approaches to sustainability, through creative, interactive and participatory learning.

Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the University of Sussex campus, near Brighton, UK.

Application details

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2019 at 23.59 GMT. There is a fee to attend, but a small number of bursaries are available to non-OECD applicants. For details of how to apply, financial support, programme information, and materials from previous years, see the links below:


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Recent comments from participants

“It’s the best experience you can even go through as a PhD scholar or a researcher; the place to go if you want to challenge yourself and your research, and your discipline.” 

“It is an interactive summer school to help unpack your positionality, your research and challenge your taken-for-granted beliefs as a researcher.” 

“The walkshops meant getting to know the countryside and living these experiences outside the classroom.” 

“I really appreciated the availability and engagement of STEPS members. A huge thank you!” 

“Well-designed and thought-through. Good fun and innovative!” 

“A great experience to open up your ways of thinking, grow as a researcher and have fantastic conversations about research, life and everything in between” 

“A life-transforming experience for early career researchers!” 


The ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK.

Launched in 2006, the STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. In 2015, STEPS launched a Global Consortium with hubs in Africa, Latin America, North America, South Asia, China and Europe.


  1. I am Abubakar Chika Shagari I have been tracking the summer school since 2016 every year I applied but unfortunately I have always missed even last year I got a reply of unsuccessful chance. I thought this year I will make it waiting until March 2019 the usual time to apply, only to discover that the apps date has been shifted back to January and already closed. How can I be successful to attend Oxf Summer School as a PhD candidate Majoring on poverty reduction in NW Nigeria.

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