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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….

Herder with a flock of sheep in a dryland landscape, with sun setting behind mountains in the background

PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty & Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges. We aim to foster a conversation with other policy domains where uncertainty is pervasive, including financial and commodity systems, critical…

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‘Pathways’ Network: Transformative pathways to sustainability

The PATHWAYS Network carries out comparative research in six countries to explore how to work with local people on social transformations in the context of environmental change. We are conducting ‘Transformation Labs’ (T-Labs) with diverse groups in each country to address a specific socio-ecological problem. We aim to provoke change, test methods, learn from each…

Relational Pathways

Date: October 2016 – September 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 to understand the pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in Kenya and…

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…

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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),…

Man in turban stands by horned cattle.

Rift Valley Fever: policies to prepare and respond

This project compared the responses to two diseases – Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in East Africa, and BSE in the UK and European Union. These so-called transboundary animal diseases are highly contagious and spread rapidly across regions and borders. This research explored the possible responses to these diseases which are available to various groups –…

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…