REFLECTIONS ON THE DSA: DIFFERENCES LAID BARE

By LYLA MEHTA, STEPS Centre member The conference laid bare the ideological and socio-political differences between the promotion of elite institutions and supervised learning as opposed to unsupervised and more organic forms of experimentation and learning in technological innovation. We had an overdose of the former with the presentations on the Millennium Project and the…

DSA DAY 3: IT’S A WRAP-UP

And as we draw to a close at DSA 2007, we have a diverse set of panellists to give us some reflections on this year’s conference. And they are quite controversial reflections: “It’s like being in groundhog day,” says the DSA’s own president. Joachim Voss, director-general at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Columbia…

DSA DAY 3: RETHINKING RISK & REGULATION

The final plenary session of this year’s DSA sees Sheila Jasanoff of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, founder of the Science and Democracy Network and a STEPS Centre Advisory Board member talking on one of her specialist subjects – rethinking risk and regulation. (Photo: Sheila Jasanoff) Jasanoff, fresh off a plane from Boston, quips…

DSA DAY 3: STEPS PANEL 4 – BIOTECHNOLOGY ‘PRO-POOR CONSENSUS’

Examining the ‘pro-poor consensus’ on biotechnology: a moveable boundary between public and private is the subject for the final STEPS panel session. (Photo: Glover, Brooks, Ely) The three STEPS members taking part in the panel this morning span several aspects of Centre’s work: STEPS Research Officer and IDS DPhil student Sally Brooks, STEPS Research Fellow…

DSA DAY 2: STEPS PANEL 3 – TECHNOLOGIES SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL

Today technology is discussed as a source of anxiety, uncertainty and risk and this session looks at the politics and ethics of risk and regulation of biotechnology. Here to examine the socio-technical frameworks of agro-biotechnology in India and Latin America are Prof. Rajeev Gowda of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Suman Sahai of…

DSA DAY 2: AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Simon Maxwell of the Overseas Development Institute chairs the session with Paul Richards of Wageningen University and Pedro Sanchez, director of the Millennium Villages Project, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Sanchez is first up, talking about the African Green Revolution and the Millennium Development Goals, which his Villages project suggested a budget of $110capita/yr…

DSA DAY 2:STEPS PANEL SESSION 2. PERI-URBAN DYNAMICS AND SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES

For the second in our series of STEPS Centre panel sessions we have Cecilia Tacoli of the International Institute of Environment and Development, Prof. Ian Douglas, Emeritus Professor at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester and Usha Ramanathan of the International Environmental Law Research Centre in New Delhi. Joining them…

DSA DAY 2: BIOTECHNOLOGY & THE MEDIA

Good morning and welcome back to Sussex for the second day of DSA 2007. We kick off today with what promises to be a very lively debate about biotechnology and the media with a panel that spans journalism, science, academia and big business, Monsanto to be exact. (Photo: Erik Millstone) Chairing the session is David…

DSA DAY 1: STEPS PANEL SESSION 1 – PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY

STEPS PANEL SESSION 1 – PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILTY: LINKING TECHNOLOGY, POVERTY REDUCTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Melissa Leach, director of the STEPS Centre, opens the first STEPS panel session by saying in this era of dynamic change there are some huge opportunities to tackle poverty and social justice given the current high profile philanthropic and political…

DSA 2007 DAY 1: OPENING PLENARY

Welcome to the Development Studies Association annual conference and STEPS Symposium. We’re live here at the Sussex University campus in Brighton, UK, to join in the debate of this year’s theme ‘connecting science, society and development’. Here’s what happened at the first plenary session. (Photo: Melissa Leach addresses the DSA). Sam Jackson, president of the…