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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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…

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…

Zoonoses: animal-to-human diseases

The STEPS Centre has a range of research projects and resources which explore zoonoses (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans), offering new theory as well as practical solutions. Our work often considers the landscape of politics, policy processes and international responses to pandemics and resources cover diseases including avian influenza, swine influenza, Ebola, Lassa fever, henipavirus infection, Rift Valley fever, SARS and trypanosomiasis….

MEXICO CITY ‘PATHWAYS’ NETWORK: TRANSFORMATIONS TO SUSTAINABILITY

The Transformations to Sustainability Project is the first project conducted by the North American Hub, a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU), National Autonomous University of Mexico City (UNAM) and the STEPS Centre.  The primary goal of the project is to facilitate social transformation through the use of “Transformation Labs” (T-Labs) in Xochimilco, Mexico City….

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),…

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Myanmar Pig Partnership

Dates: 2016 – 2021 The Myanmar Pig Partnership is an interdisciplinary research project exploring the disease risk thought to be accompanying changing pig production and consumption patterns in Myanmar. People in Myanmar are thought to be at increasing risk of zoonoses (diseases passed from animals to humans) as a result of the rapid growth and…

GroFutures

This project aims to develop the scientific basis and participatory management processes by which groundwater resources can be used sustainably for poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Visit the project website: grofutures.org GroFutures: Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa Groundwater is a vital source of safe water for drinking, hygiene, irrigation and industry across Sub-Saharan Africa. Groundwater…

Panorama with man and cattle, Arusha, Tanzania. Image: Felix Lankester

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health

Dates: 2014 – 2018 Livestock, Livelihoods and Health is an interdisciplinary research programme exploring diseases that can be transmitted from wild or domesticated animals to people (zoonoses). These diseases, as well as affecting the health of people and animals, can damage development prospects and add to the poverty burden of developing countries. The programme is…

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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,…