A woman pumps water into a bucket in Mozambique

Governing the Land-Water-Environment Nexus in Southern Africa

In southern Africa, the intersection of land, water and environment is central to a range of challenges for policymakers, businesses and local people. This project studies the different ways in which the ‘nexus’ of land, water and environment are governed in the region. It investigates different governance styles (including technocratic, market-led, state-led and citizen-led approaches),…

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…

Rice plants that are all labelled.

Biotechnology research archive

The STEPS biotechnology research archive consists of evidence-based research on GM crops, food and development spanning the last 10 years.

Governance of Discontinuity in Technological Systems (DiscGo)

This is a collaborative project involving Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre and SPRU, Pierre-Benoit Joly at INRA in Paris, Peter Stegmaier at TSG in Dortmund and led by Stefan Kuhlmann in Twente. DiscGo website About the project With the Sussex research focusing on the particular case of nuclear energy, the project as a whole seeks…

Climate Geoengineering Governance

The Climate Geoengineering Governance (CGG) project was a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Sussex and University College London, which worked between July 2012 and December 2014.  The project was funded by two UK Research Councils: Economic and Social (ESRC), and Arts and Humanities (AHRC). STEPS members Andy Stirling and Rose Cairns were among…

Avian ‘flu: the politics and policy processes of a global response

The spread of avian flu in humans has raised alarm bells around the world. What lies behind global and national responses to avian flu, and how do they cope with uncertainty and surprise? What are the challenges and opportunities for future policy?

Future Agricultures Consortium: Agricultural Policy Research in Africa

The Future Agricultures Consortium is a multidisciplinary and independent learning alliance of academic researchers and practitioners involved in African agriculture. It aims to encourage dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy makers and opinion formers in Africa on the role of agriculture in broad based growth. Collectively it offers a responsive mode of…

Beyond Biosafety

Project dates: 2007 to 2010 Debates about transgenic crops have become highly polarised across the globe. In the process, civil society organisations and movements have emerged as key actors, alongside governmental and ‘expert’ science institutions, in the contested field of agricultural biotechnology. In developing countries, biosafety and its regulation has become the lightning rod for…