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…

Climate Geoengineering Governance

The Climate Geoengineering Governance (CGG) project was a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Sussex and University College London, which worked between July 2012 and December 2014.  The project was funded by two UK Research Councils: Economic and Social (ESRC), and Arts and Humanities (AHRC). STEPS members Andy Stirling and Rose Cairns were among…

Multicriteria Mapping

Launch date: 2014 Multicriteria Mapping is a collaborative project with Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre; and SPRU, the Sussex Innovation Centre and the UK-based software design company DabApps. The project has developed an electronic software package for multicriteria mapping appraisal, which was launched for general use in October 2014. MCM is an interactive, multicriteria…

Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group

The Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) was a collaborative project across many UK universities, with Andy Stirling,  STEPS Centre and SPRU,  serving as Deputy Director. Led overall by Tim Jackson at the University of Surrey, it ran from 2011 – 2014. The Sussex component of the SLRG comprised two projects. The first, involving Rachael Durrant, Adrian…

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…

The Politics of Low Carbon Innovation: Towards a theory of Niche Protection

This was a collaborative project between analysing the politics of providing a ‘protective space’ for three innovation pathways towards low carbon energy strategies in the UK and Netherlands: photovoltaic cells, offshore wind, and carbon capture and storage. It ran from October 2010 – September 2013. Funded by the ESRC-NWP, this work studied the strategies followed…

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…

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From Framings to Pathways: Bats and the Construction of Risk in Ghana

Project dates: 2011 to 2016 This project took a historical perspective on the way bats and disease are understood in Ghana, how framings shift over time and how this has informed policy change and pathways of response.  It also examines how ‘at risk’ identities are co-constructed through policy and research, and how this in turn may…

Flows and Practices: The politics of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Africa

Project dates: 2012 – 2014 Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has emerged as a key approach in the water sector in the past decade. However, IWRM has not produced the anticipated socio-economic, political and ecological outcomes due to the uncertainty and complexity of river basins and the plural, overlapping and competing formal and informal legal…