The Politics of Delivering One Health

Diseases that affect people and have their origins in animals (zoonoses) have the potential to cause social, political and economic upheaval, often with little warning. Witness 2014’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as recent avian (H5N1) and swine (H1N1) flu pandemics. Other zoonoses less dramatically, but with wider impact, quietly devastate lives and…

Technology Networks for Socially Useful Production

Journal of Peer Production, Issue 5: Shared Machine Shops Read the full article online (public domain) With unemployment reaching one in eight workers, and manufacturing in steep decline in the city, Londoners voted an avowedly socialist Labour council into power in 1981. Left-wing leaders of the Greater London Council (GLC) were committed to a radically…

India’s Risks: Democratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values

A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power, and industrial disasters; and challenges to livelihoods and values. Some of…

When grassroots innovation movements encounter mainstream institutions: implications for models of inclusive innovation (Submitted version)

by Mariano Fressoli, Elisa Arond, Dinesh Abrol, Adrian Smith, Adrian Ely and Rafael Dias Submitted to Innovation & Development in 2014 Grassroots Innovation Movements (GIMs) can be regarded as initiators or advocates of alternative pathways of innovation. Sometimes these movements engage with more established science, technology and innovation (STI) institutions and development agencies in pursuit…

Innovation politics post-Rio+20: hybrid pathways to sustainability?

The ability of innovation—both technical and social—to stretch and redefine ‘limits to growth’ was recognised at Stockholm in 1972, and has been a key feature in debates through to Rio+20 in 2012. Compared with previous major moments of global reflection about human and planetary futures—Stockholm, Rio in 1992, Johannesburg in 2002—we now have a better…

Re-significando el fuego: gobernabilidad reflexiva y transformación de conflictos en territorios indígenas culturalmente frágiles

English Version can be found here: https://steps-centre.org/publication/fire-conflic/ STEPS Working Paper June 2013 A pesar del hecho de que hoy día existe una mayor aceptación del uso del fuego en ecosistemas de bosques y sabanas por parte de pueblos indígena que la que había hace dos décadas, esta sigue siendo una práctica local altamente controversial y cuestionada,…

Future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall

A collection of essays, edited by Robert Doubleday and James Wilsdon A collection of essays based on a recent series of seminars to stimulate fresh thinking and practical recommendations on future directions in scientific advice in Whitehall. Available to DOWNLOAD HERE (CSaP website link) This project is a collaborative initiative of five partners: University of…

Bangalore: From Garden City to Garbage City

Bangalore is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. With a population approaching 9 million, it produces around 4000 tonnes of solid waste each day. Most of this is dumped in land fill sites near villages on the city’s outskirts. But is this the best way of dealing with the waste problem? Are there other…

‘Opening up’ fire conflicts: Reflexive governance and transformative knowledge networks in culturally fragile indigenous landscapes

Original Spanish version can be accessed here: https://steps-centre.org/publication/re-significando-el-fuego-gobernabilidad-reflexiva-y-transformacion-de-conflictos-en-territorios-indigenas-culturalmente-fragiles/ Despite the fact that there is much more acceptance today to the use of fire by indigenous people in forests and savannas ecosystems than there was two decades ago, it still remains a highly controversial and questioned local practice, to the point that reducing green house emissions from…

A new innovation politics for global pathways to sustainability?

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy The ability of innovation – both technical and social – to stretch and redefine ‘limits to growth’ was recognised at Stockholm in 1972, and has been a key feature in debates through to Rio+20 in 2012. Compared with previous major moments of global reflection about human and planetary…