The Social Life of Mangroves: Resource Complexes and Contestations on the Industrial Coastline of Kutch, India

STEPS Working Paper by Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta on mangrove conservation in Kutch, Gujarat. The paper explores power relations, conservation efforts, and the changes and threats to livelihoods of local pastoralists and fishers.

Power in Practice: Insights from Technography and Actor-Network Theory for Agricultural Sustainability

STEPS Working Paper 100 October 2017 In this paper, we use conceptual insights from two distinct traditions within the social studies of science and technology, namely actor-network theory (ANT) and technography, to explore the relationship between power and the reconfiguration of agricultural practices toward sustainability. Noting the generative (productive) and repressive aspects of power, we…

The Political Economy for Low-carbon Energy Transition in China: Towards a New Policy Paradigm?

China has become the leading country to develop wind and solar energy industries. By presenting the institutional arrangement and interest constellations of China’s regulatory system of renewable energy sectors, this paper argues that the reasons for China’s swift expansion of wind and solar energy investment go beyond the notion of a state-led model. It also…

Open and Collaborative Developments

STEPS Working Paper 98 Experimentation with radically open and collaborative ways of producing knowledge and material artefacts can be found everywhere – from the free/libre and open-source software movement to citizen science initiatives, and from community-based fabrication labs and makerspaces to the production of open-source scientific hardware. Spurred on by the widespread availability of networked…

Configurations of agency and power in the academic discourse on the Green Revolution in East Africa

STEPS Working Paper 97 In this paper I perform a discourse analysis of the academic literature on the Green Revolution (GR) in East Africa, governed by two questions: what form or shape is given to agency in each GR study? And, which agencies are considered prime movers that play leading roles in the narratives and…

Local Environmentalism in Peri-Urban Spaces in India: Emergent Ecological Democracy?

STEPS Working Paper 96 This paper explores the potential of a range of peri-urban environmentalisms to come together in support of sustainable urbanisation. The present-day ‘urban,’ along with the dominant planning visions of urbanisation, lack in inclusivity, deliberative democracy, grassroots innovations, and bottom-up processes of knowledge generation. To sustainably transform this scenario, there is a…

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Innovation, Sustainability and Democracy: An Analysis of Grassroots Contributions

In this paper we introduce an area of activity that has flourished for decades in all corners of the globe, namely grassroots innovation for sustainable development. We also argue why innovation in general is a matter for democracy. Combining these two points, we explore how grassroots innovation can contribute to what we call innovation democracy,…

Pathways to Sustainability book series

Our flagship book series addresses core challenges linking science, technology and sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice. The series editors are Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling. For more information and to buy the books, visit the publisher’s website – Earthscan Routledge. Titles in the series include: Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment and Social Justice by…

Agronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research

edited by James Sumberg Over the last decade there has been renewed interest in food security and the state of the global food system. Population growth, climate change and food price spikes have combined to focus new attention on the technologies and institutions that underpin the production and consumption of food that is varied, nutritious…

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Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism

by Ian Scoones, Marc Edelman, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ruth Hall, Wendy Wolford & Ben White The Journal of Peasant Studies, Forum on Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World A new political moment is underway. Although there are significant differences in how this is constituted in different places, one manifestation of the new moment is…