Biotechnology research archive

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

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System Change Hive

The System Change HIVE is a creative engine room to explore alternative futures and visions of society through art and virtual reality. Starting in Brighton, UK in February 2019, the Hive focuses around a series of exploratory discussions between researchers, emerging artists and creative mentors – established artists working in visual art, sonic art and…

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Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)

New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics. The ERPI aims to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across…

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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….

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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…

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Transitions to Agroecological Food Systems

This project examines potential pathways for transitioning to more sustainable food systems in order to contribute to improved ecological, economic, social and nutritional outcomes. The project draws on the principles and practices of agroecology. It looks at the potential and constraints of agroecology in three countries: Nicaragua, Senegal and the UK. Dates and funding This…

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…

Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto

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 one of the authors of the…