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FreeBook: Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture

This Routledge FreeBook highlights some of the major findings that have emerged over the last decade of the STEPS Centre’s research on sustainable agriculture. It draws on four books which address three themes central to understanding how pathways emerge in agriculture, and how sustainability, is or indeed is not, generated. The three themes are: framing…

How did we do that? The possibility of rapid transition

Is rapid transition possible? Sometimes events or new knowledge throw up reasons why we must make change happen quickly. At the present moment, climate change and chronic social inequality seem to demand radical change – but what kind of changes will work, and how can they be achieved? This booklet collects stories of rapid transitions…

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…

Sustainable energy for all: Innovation, technology and pro-poor green transformations

This book, in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability series, looks at how countries could build innovation systems to provide sustainable energy for poor people, drawing on theories of innovation and empirical research in Kenya. The following Open Access chapters from the book are on the Routledge website: Chapter 1: Beyond hardware financing and private…

One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa

Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors given the complex socio-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of risk caused by unprecedented global connectivity and rapid social and environmental change demand new approaches. ‘One Health’ highlights the need for collaboration across sectors and…

Karhera: A photo book

This book tells the story of Karhera, a village between Delhi and Ghaziabad in India, through photographs, maps and words. It was produced as part of an ESPA-funded research project on ‘Risks and Responses to Urban Futures’. The photos were taken and collected with the collaboration of local residents, and paper copies of the book…

Grassroots Innovation Movements

This book, in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability series, looks at how six grassroots innovation movements around the world have developed and what challenges they face. Download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 (pdf, Open Access) Innovation is increasingly invoked by policy elites and business leaders as vital for tackling global challenges like sustainable…

One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa

Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors given the complex socio-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of risk caused by unprecedented global connectivity and rapid social and environmental change demand new approaches. ‘One Health’ highlights the need for collaboration across sectors and…

Africa’s Land Rush

Africa has been at the centre of a “land grab” in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for “green” energy, and cheap land and water rights. But such land is often also used or claimed through custom by communities. What does this mean for Africa? In what ways…

Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in African Agriculture. Narratives and knowledge politics.

By Stephen Whitfield  Routledge, 2016 Buy the book from Routledge Future climatic and agro-ecological changes in Africa are uncertain and associated with high degrees of spatial and temporal variability and this change is differently simulated within divergent climate-crop models and in controlled crop breeding stations. Furthermore, uncertainty emerges in local contexts, not just in response to…