STEPS America Latina launches new website

The Centro STEPS America Latina – the new Latin American regional hub for our Global Pathways to Sustainability Consortium  – has unveiled its own dedicated website. The new website is now live at www.stepsamericalatina.com. The Centro STEPS website is run by a team at the Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT) in Buenos Aires,…

Article roundup: STEPS Latin America monthly debates

As part of the build up to the launch of the STEPS Centre’s Latin American hub in 2015, we have started a series of monthly debates in Buenos Aires on sustainability and development. The debates are an important first step in identifying and discussing themes that the new Centre will explore, and in creating a…

A day with Argentina’s ‘street engineers’

They take pride in what they do at the Reciclando Sueños co-operative. Situated in the La Matanza district of greater Buenos Aires, the workers describe themselves as cartoneros profesionales (professional recyclers) and ingenieros callejeros (street engineers). Whilst some in the city see waste picking as a lowly activity, these workers consider themselves to be providing…

Why STEPS is creating a new research hub in Latin America

I am in Buenos Aires for the ESOCITE/4S conference, which is bringing together Latin American scholars in Science & Technology Studies and visitors from the USA, Europe and other regions of the world. It is an exciting moment to convene in Argentina. The government is mired in controversy over payment of debts, vulture funds, nationalisations,…

Call for participation: Engineering, social justice & peace, Argentina

The Network on Engineering, Social Justice and Peace (ESJP) has issued a call for participation ahead of its Annual Meeting in Buenos Aires in August 2014. STEPS Centre member Adrian Smith is among the speakers. Conference themes include: How can engineering and engineers contribute to community development? How can engineering and engineers contribute to the…

Call for abstracts: ‘Innovation for social inclusion’, 4s/ESOCITE meeting (August 2014)

STEPS member Adrian Smith (convenor of our Grassroots Innovation project) is co-organising a session on ‘innovation for social inclusion’ at the ESOCITE/Society for Social Studies of Science (4s) annual meeting next August. The meeting takes place from 20-23 August 2014 in Buenos Aires. Full details of the meeting are on the 4s website, and the…

Reconsideración de la normativa: las semillas y las drogas en China y Argentina

En inglés Pagina en español (pdf 98kb) Reconsideración de la normativa El proyecto compara la normativa de dos tecnologías – las semillas de algodón y los antibióticos transgénicos – con el modo en que las comunidades más pobres del medio rural de Argentina y China experimentan con estas tecnologías. Utilizaremos los hallazgos de estos estudios…

GRASSROOTS INNOVATION

By Adrian Smith It is imperative, in my view, that grassroots innovation does not become ghettoised into ‘technologies for the poor’. Last week I enjoyed a fascinating trip to Argentina, where I talked about grassroots innovation. The trip was made possible by the Argentine government’s Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI), whose new Quality of Life…