This online course gives you an introduction to the STEPS Centre’s core conceptual approach, the Pathways Approach to sustainability. The course covers theories, methodologies and practical examples. On your journey through the course, you’ll be encouraged to think about the roles of knowledge and uncertainty, policy processes, technology and innovation, and resource politics. You’ll also explore how methods link research with action.
The lectures and reading lists draw on the Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability that was run annually by the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex. There is no fee or time-limit on this course, and you are welcome to study it at your own pace or use it as an aid to teaching.
This course is free of charge and you can take it at your own pace.
This course will take approximately 8 hours to finish.
Meet the lecturers
Professorial Fellow, IDS
Professor of Science and Technology Policy, SPRU
Resource Politics co-convenor, IDS
Professor of Technology and Society, SPRU
Reader in Technology and Sustainability, SPRU
How to use this course
The course builds on the Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability run annually by the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex. It opens up critical approaches to sustainability through a series of video lectures, readings and links to real-life examples.
There is no fee or time-limit on this course, and you are welcome to study it at your own pace or use it as an aid to teaching.
If you’ve completed the course, please complete the feedback questionnaire
1. Michael Coghlan (cc by-sa 2.0)
2. Veronique Debord (cc by-sa 2.0)
3. UN Women/Gaganjit Singh (cc by-nc-nd 2.0)
4. Boy Dominguez, used with permission
5. European Parliament (cc by-nc-nd 2.0)
6. ESRC STEPS Centre