Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy

Exploring the extent of networking between small-scale, sustainable energy projects led by local communities in the UK, the project asks whether and how this networking assists in the innovation of community energy. Funded by the EPSRC and EdF, the project also assesses the performance of projects and provides independent advice to policy-makers and energy businesses…

Opening Up Natural Resource-Based Industries for Innovation: Exploring New Pathways for Development in Latin America

Description: Natural Resource industries, such as agriculture and mining, are generally considered to make little contribution to development objectives due in part to the diffusion within these industries of practices and technologies that generate economic, social and environmental problems (e.g. commodity dependency, social inequality, environmental degradation) and are unsustainable in the long-term. This research project studies…

Climate Technology and Development Project

This collaborative project’s aim is to refocus national and international policy agendas in order to improve the prospects for enhancing technology development, diffusion and transfer. The overarching question that the project seeks to address is: What are the conditions for innovation for climate-compatible development in different contexts (emerging industry, the rising middle class, the base of…

Risk, uncertainty and technology in India

This project explores how different groups in India deal with risks and uncertainties related to advances in science and technology.

EPSRC Regenerative Waste

Four-in-ten people live in hazardous conditions due to poor sanitation. Indeed, with half the population of developing regions without sanitation, United Nations goals of halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation seem set to be missed. This EPSRC project focuses on the ‘peri-urban’ environment, which includes areas…

Future Health Systems

Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. FHS is a partnership of leading research institutes from across the globe working in a variety of contexts: in low-income countries (Bangladesh, Uganda), middle-income countries (China, India) and fragile states (Afghanistan) to build resilient health…

Rethinking Regulation: seeds and drugs in China and Argentina

This project compared the regulation of two technologies – transgenic cotton seeds and antibiotics – with the way those technologies are experienced amongst poorer communities in rural Argentina and rural China.

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…

Environmental change and maize innovations in Kenya

Maize is seen as a vital part of food security in East Africa. In the context of climate change, market uncertainty and changes in land use, how can farmers and others choose different crops or alternative methods for growing maize?