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…

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…

Risks and Responses to Urban Futures

This project looks at the connections between ecosystem services (ES), livelihoods and poverty in peri-urban areas of South Asia. It aims to produce evidence and tools to link ecosystem services with poverty alleviation. Overview Peri-urban areas, at the interface between urban and rural, link rural livelihoods with the urban lifestyles that put multiple pressures on…

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…

New Manifesto

Go to the New Manifesto website 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…

Uncertainty from below

How do people deal with uncertainty about climate, disease or natural disasters like floods? This project aimed to compare and contrast the views of people who study uncertainty with the perspectives of those who experience it. Social and natural scientists, modellers, and other experts have developed sophisticated theories of ecological uncertainty. But theories, models and diagrams from…

Rice plants that are all labelled.

Biotechnology research archive

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

The Rising Powers: Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in sub-Saharan Africa

This interdisciplinary research project examined how, why and to what extent the Rising Powers (specifically China, India and Brazil) are enabling the transition to low carbon energy systems in Southern Africa. The project explored the range of actors, institutions, partnerships and policy-making processes involved in these contemporary forms of ‘South-South’ co-operation and technology transfer and…

Governance of Discontinuity in Technological Systems (DiscGo)

This is a collaborative project involving Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre and SPRU, Pierre-Benoit Joly at INRA in Paris, Peter Stegmaier at TSG in Dortmund and led by Stefan Kuhlmann in Twente. DiscGo website About the project With the Sussex research focusing on the particular case of nuclear energy, the project as a whole seeks…