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TAPESTRY

Project dates: 2018-2022 Follow TAPESTRY on Twitter: @Tapestry_T2S The TAPESTRY research project explores how transformation may arise ‘from below’ in marginal environments with high levels of uncertainty. We look at transformative alliances between actors (local communities, NGOs, scientists and state agencies) that are seeking socially just and ecologically sound alternatives based on local people’s plural…

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Governance of Socio-Technical Transformations (GOST)

Date: November 2018 – tbc The GoST project will focus on transformation processes in three areas of crucial relevance to sustainable development, relating in particular to pressing imperatives in countries of the Global South: energy systems, agriculture, and urban digital infrastructures. Each implicates intricate North-South linkages that must be better understood for global sustainability efforts….

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…

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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,…

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…

Low carbon innovation in China: prospects, politics and practice

Overview | Team | Contact | Publications | Video | Media | Slides | Photos Date: late 2013 – 2017 Overview: How do government-led, high-tech ‘indigenous innovation’ approaches compare with emergent, lower-tech approaches in the areas of agriculture, energy and mobility? This project aims to answer that question, as briefly explained in short videos below. The project…

Low carbon development

Sustainable energy technologies could contribute significantly to human development and economic growth in low-income countries. What are the key policy lessons from historical research explaining the success of the market for off-grid solar home systems and solar portable lights in Kenya?  Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed…

Uncertainty from below

How do people deal with uncertainty about climate, disease or natural disasters like floods? This project aimed to compare and contrast the views of people who study uncertainty with the perspectives of those who experience it. Social and natural scientists, modellers, and other experts have developed sophisticated theories of ecological uncertainty. But theories, models and diagrams from…

The Rising Powers: Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in sub-Saharan Africa

This interdisciplinary research project examined how, why and to what extent the Rising Powers (specifically China, India and Brazil) are enabling the transition to low carbon energy systems in Southern Africa. The project explored the range of actors, institutions, partnerships and policy-making processes involved in these contemporary forms of ‘South-South’ co-operation and technology transfer and…