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…

Biochar and Anthropogenic Dark Earths

This project investigates how charred carbon (biochar) is used to enrich soil by African farmers, and how it is being discussed and promoted as a potential solution to environmental problems.

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?

A woman farms pigs in China

Responding to zoonotic and related diseases in intensifying livestock systems: diverse framings and pathways

The intensification of livestock production is thought to make the problem of transboundary infectious diseases worse. This project explores how different groups understand these diseases, the issue of intensification and options for the future.

A Socio-Technical Analysis of the Livestock Revolution: Innovation Pathways in Poultry Production in Sub-Saharan Africa

What would a Livestock Revolution in Asia and Africa mean for the environment and for different groups in society?

Urbanisation in Asia: the peri-urban interface and sustainability of south Asian cities

This project looks at water in peri-urban Delhi, exploring the problems in the way water is viewed and managed by authorities, leaving some people without adequate access.

Dam viewed from above

Dams: securitization, risks and the global water-energy-food nexus

A project looking at how climate change, security concerns and science are being used to justify large programmes of dam-building worldwide.

ESPA Water Futures

This project aims to understand how agricultural productivity can be enhanced and sustained by irrigation, through improved management of ecosystem services, in order to alleviate poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through case studies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, we will seek to provide new data and models which can be used to assess the availability…