Urban Air Pollution and Inequalities in Fast Industrialising Countries

This project aims to investigate the social, economic and political impacts of chronic ambient (outdoor) air pollution on low-income communities in the fast industrialising countries of China and India. Poor people are disproportionately affected by air pollution. Policies which are intended to reduce it can, in some cases, actually make this inequality worse. The project’s…

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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…

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…

Changing health and welfare in China and the UK

Project dates: 2015 to 2018 Welfare services in China are changing rapidly in response to social, economic and demographic changes. The project ‘Adapting the health and welfare system to a context of rapid change’ looks at the changing role of state and non-government actors in providing social services in China’s rapidly evolving welfare regime, and…

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…