PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty & Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and the European University Institute in Florence. We are asking: What lessons can we learn for global challenges from pastoral systems responding…

Zoonoses: animal-to-human diseases

The STEPS Centre has a range of research projects and resources which explore zoonoses (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans), offering new theory as well as practical solutions. Our work often considers the landscape of politics, policy processes and international responses to pandemics and resources cover diseases including avian influenza, swine influenza, Ebola, Lassa fever, henipavirus infection, Rift Valley fever, SARS and trypanosomiasis….

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MEGADAPT: the dynamics of multi-scalar adaptation in Mexico City

The MEGADAPT project aims to reduce vulnerability from the effects of climate change by improving the capacity to manage risks posed by factors such as increased flooding and chronic water scarcity in Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Like other megacities, typically defined as large cities with more than 10 million people,…

MEXICO CITY ‘PATHWAYS’ NETWORK: TRANSFORMATIONS TO SUSTAINABILITY

The Transformations to Sustainability Project is the first project conducted by the North American Hub, a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU), National Autonomous University of Mexico City (UNAM) and the STEPS Centre.  The primary goal of the project is to facilitate social transformation through the use of “Transformation Labs” (T-Labs) in Xochimilco, Mexico City….

The Nexus Network

The STEPS Centre is a lead partner in The Nexus Network, an ESRC-funded initiative which brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment. Follow the links below to jump directly to sections on this page: About | Resources | Reading   Events…

New Manifesto

Go to the New Manifesto website In 1970 a radical document called The Sussex Manifesto helped shape modern thinking on science and technology for development. Forty years on, what kind of science and technology for development Manifesto is needed for today’s world? In 2010 the STEPS Centre launched Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto with…

Urban meets rural as a woman herds goats as the Tansi Nagar subdivision grows nearby.

Pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in India and Kenya

Towards a Relational Approach to Agency for Mapping Pathways Into and Out of Poverty Date: October 2016 – April 2019 Pathways into and out of poverty are complex. In the 21st century, global poverty is compounded by climate change, conflict and inequality, as well as social exclusion by gender, race, and class. This project aims…

Market-based mangrove afforestation and reforestation in Kenya and India

Dates: April 2016-April 2017 Mangroves are valued by different people in diverse ways – as places to fish, sources of fodder, protection against storms or tides, sites of tourism, or as part of ecosystems and the carbon cycle. Many mangroves are threatened by changes in the environment and the demands made on them by people…

The political economy of state-led transformations in pro-poor low carbon energy

Date: April 2016-April 2017 The Paris Agreement and other global processes have mobilised trillions of dollars of new funding for low carbon energy. Much of this effort has been in improving technology (or hardware) and finance.  Political and socio-cultural dimensions have been neglected, and low income countries have so far gained only little benefit from…

Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa

Project dates: 2011-2016 NEW PUBLICATION: Special Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B – ‘One Health for a Changing World: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being’ Read the media release: Human forces lie behind spread of infectious diseases Over the past few decades, more than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting people have…