TOWARDS A NEW POLITICS OF SUSTAINABILITY

Today on the IDS website, Prof Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director, suggests new approaches to sustainable development, drawing on themes in Dynamic Sustainabilities, the new book in our Pathways to Sustainability series. Taking Dynamics Seriously: Towards a New Politics of Sustainability “On the one hand, there is wide recognition of growing complexity and dynamism, but…

POLITICS FRONT AND CENTRE: SCIENCE AMIDST THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

36 hours in Venezuela to attend a roundtable: Innovación, Sostenibilidad y Desarrollo para el siglo XXI: una visión desde Venezuela (‘Innovation, Sustainability and Development for the 21st Century: a Vision from Venezuela’), hosted by the Centro de Estudios de la Ciencia del Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC) and Fundacite Miranda (Fundación para el Desarrollo…

HOW TO BE RADICAL AND ALSO BE PRACTICAL?

The Delhi roundtable for the STEPS project ‘Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto’ was extremely challenging and also helpful. This blog can’t do justice to the full discussion, so please check out the video, thanks to STEPS Coordinator, Harriet Le Bris, who did a fantastic job filming the event. We had a near-full room, more…

UN NUEVO MANIFIESTO – LATIN AMERICA

Three Manifesto roundtables will take place in Latin America in March: 5 March: Caracas, Venezuela 10 March: Buenos Aires, Argentina 12 March: Cali, Colombia Elisa Arond from the STEPS Centre will be travelling to all of these events, so we’ll have much more to say about them in due course…

BOOK: SCIENCE AND INNOVATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

By Elisa Arond, STEPS Centre Last Tuesday evening was the launch of the book “Science and Innovation for Development” by Prof Sir Gordon Conway (Imperial College, and former chief scientist at the UK Department for International Development), Prof Jeff Waage (Director of the London International Development Centre – LIDC), and Sara Delaney (graduate of the…

“EVERYTHING IS INTERCONNECTED”: DAVID MILLIBAND AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY

David Milliband spoke at the Royal Society yesterday on Science, Diplomacy and the Modern Age. “…international relations has long been premised on the idea of a ‘balance of power’. The international system tended towards equilibrium and self-correction, as states sought to balance each other’s economic or military strength; an echo of the world of Newtonian…

MANIFESTO: THE HAGUE ROUNDTABLE

By Elisa Arond “Do we have a choice?” was the provocative question posed by one speaker at a New Manifesto round table hosted in The Hague by the 3TU.Centre on Ethics and Technology. This question came as a response to the STEPS Centre’s emphasis on ‘directions’ of sustainable development and innovation pathways. Photo: Prabhu Kandachar…

ATPS PROMOTES FULL STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION IN THE RESEARCH FUNDING PROCESS

By Urama Kevin Chika, Executive Director, ATPS In response to the post titled “Opening up Research Funding at ATPS” by Adrian Ely, I would like to expound on the Network’s strategic approach to putting stakeholder participation at the core of the research funding process and throughout the whole value chain. This is built on the…

OPENING UP RESEARCH FUNDING AT ATPS

By Adrian Ely The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) network is made up of academics, policy-makers private sector and civil society. On the third day of their annual conference on “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation” I witnessed the network’s innovative approach to opening up the decision-making process for the allocation…

MANIFESTO: REPORT FROM NIGERIA ROUND TABLE

Adrian Ely writes: “I heard some inspiring talks at the second day of the ATPS conference, where 157 delegates from 32 countries (including the 23 in which ATPS has national chapters) have gathered to discuss “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation”…. A component of SET-DEV is the production of manifestos around…