New resources support participatory research in socio-ecological systems

A groups of researchers from the STEPS North America hub have produced new resources for exploring the possibility for new kinds of agency in complex socio-ecological systems. The results will be useful for any groups looking to facilitate similar processes in their own contexts.

TransAction Pre-Conference Workshops

We are very happy to invite you to participate in our TransAction Pre-Conference Workshops. We will have fun learning from each other and we promise you that you will not regret participating, on the contrary, you will love it! You can sign up for one of five organized workshops, which will be facilitated by experts…

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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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In turbulent times, how can science, technology and innovation be joined up?

Co-operating across national borders is difficult, but the UN has recently been working on a more co-ordinated approach for science and technology to contribute to development goals. The rise of protectionist policies may make this harder, however, as some countries become less willing to share ideas and resources with others. To explore the issues and…

STEPS co-director Ian Scoones awarded Ester Boserup prize for research on development

Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at IDS and co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre has been awarded the 2019 Ester Boserup prize for research on development. In a lecture on 14 June in Copenhagen, he will give a lecture to mark the award, explaining his current work on uncertainty. The lecture takes place at 14.00 Danish…

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New papers explore heated debates in agronomy for development

A special issue of Experimental Agriculture, ‘Doing Development-Oriented Agronomy: Rethinking Methods, Concepts and Direction’ brings together a selection of papers that not only present agronomic research findings, but critically review orientations, methodologies and research practices in agronomy. The special issue is edited by Jens Andersson and Ken Giller, who (along with STEPS members Jim Sumberg and John…

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Sustainable Livelihoods: ‘Between the Lines’ podcast with Ian Scoones

Ian Scoones, co-director of the STEPS Centre, is interviewed in the April 2019 episode of the Institute of Development Studies podcast Between the Lines. In the episode, he talks to fellow STEPS member and IDS colleague Marina Apgar about his book, Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development. Listen/subscribe (iTunes) View all episodes (Audioboom) About the book…

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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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How do ‘transformative spaces’ open up possibilities for action?

A paper by Fiona Marshall (SPRU), Jonathan Dolley (SPRU) and Ritu Priya (South Asia Sustainability Hub) explores how ‘transformative space making’ can contribute to systemic change that supports pro-poor transformations to sustainability. The authors describe transformative spaces as follows: “The metaphor of transformative spaces is used here not to suggest a bounded location in space…