Apply now: STEPS Summer School 2020

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The ninth and final STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability will take place on 11-22 May 2020 in Brighton, UK.

Applications for the Summer School are open now. The deadline for applications is 26 January 2020.

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Who should apply?

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.

There is a fee to attend, but a small number of bursaries are available to applicants whose country of origin is not in the OECD – including those who are currently working/studying in OECD countries. Fee reductions are also available for those studying on the Sussex University campus, and those who are enrolled in a studentship or post-doctoral fellowship in the ESRC’s SeNSS (South East Network for Social Sciences).


About the Summer School

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

It includes the STEPS Annual Lecture, an event open to the public. The 2020 lecture will be given by Andrea J Nightingale, Professor of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo.

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, where STEPS is co-hosted by the Institute of Development Studies and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU).

This year’s summer school will be the ninth and last in the series, which has run since 2012 with the generous support of the ESRC, International Science Council (ISC) and others. In its final year (2021), the STEPS Centre is planning a different set of activities around the theme of Methods, as well as updating a set of Open Access online materials that draws on lectures and readings from past Summer Schools and will remain online for the coming years.

For more information and to apply, visit the main Summer School page.

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