Living on the edge: Rethinking aid amidst complexity

By Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director These days, a remarkably short and convenient flight takes one from Sussex UK –  where among other STEPS Centre activities this week I’ve been contributing to the post-2015 global sustainable development goals process and the international Future Earth Science Committee  – and Sierra Leone. Here, I’m on my way…

New articles: Access to Water in peri-urban India

A new article examining the increasing inequalities around water provision in Delhi by STEPS Centre partner Alankar is published this week. Socio-Spatial Situatedness and Access to Water (Economic & Political Weekly, October 12, 2013 vol xlviiI 54 no 41), looks at the social and political biases around large state-managed and institutionalised water provision in the city and the increasing gap…

Getting serious on climate action: Why the science is never enough

By Tom Tanner. The release of the international climate panel’s fifth assessment report of climate science has reinforced the reality of the climate crisis. The science is unequivocal: the problem is real, serious and human-induced. At the same time, we remain on course to cross dangerous thresholds implied by temperature rises of more than 2…

New UK climate envoy, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, on climate change and conflict

Today’s Guardian reports comments on climate change as a global threat from the first interview with the UK’s interim Special Representative for Climate Change, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, since he took up his post. “Morisetti’s central message was simple and stark: “The areas of greatest global stress and greatest impacts of climate change are broadly…

Future Earth takes flight with inaugural scientific committee

Global sustainability research programme Future Earth has announced its inaugural science committee, with ESRC STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach serving as vice chair. Future Earth is major 10-year international research programme which aims to provide the critical knowledge needed to address the challenges of global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to…

Future Earth takes flight with inaugural science committee

Global sustainability research programme Future Earth has announced its inaugural science committee, with ESRC STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach serving as vice chair. Future Earth is major 10-year international research programme which aims to provide the critical knowledge needed  to address the challenges of global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to…

About Us

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa was a research programme designed to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of helping people move out of poverty and promoting social justice. It was funded from 2012 to 2016 by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation  (ESPA) programme. Research focused on four…

STEVE WADDELL ON DYNAMIC SUSTAINABILITIES

Steve Waddell, founding Executive Director of Global Action Network Net (GAN-Net) and Leadership for Change (among his many other activities) has written on his blog about the STEPS Centre’s recent flagship book, Dynamic Sustainabilities; Technology, Environment, Social Justice. His piece, entitled Sustainability Networks for Stability, Durability, Resilience and Robustness, takes a critical look at the…

JIM WATSON JOINS TELEGRAPH’S AGE OF ENERGY INITIATIVE

Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy at SPRU and director of the Sussex Energy Group as well as co-convenor of the STEPS Centre’s new Energy domain, has been asked to join a panel of politicians, business people and academics for this year’s Daily Telegraph Age of Energy initiative. The theme is the Green Economy. This…