WHAT DOES PERI-URBAN SUSTAINABILITY MEAN IN THE CONTEXT OF DELHI?

By FIONA MARSHALL, STEPS Centre member At a recent workshop in Delhi, academics and civil society groups discussed the STEPS Centre peri-urban sustainability project, as part of a joint workshop with LSEs climate change research centre, in collaboration with the Institute of Economic Growth supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and with…

GOVERNING NANOMATERIALS AND OTHER EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES

By ADRIAN SMITH and PATRICK VAN ZWANENBERG, STEPS Centre members A recent report by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) on nanomaterials – reported extensively in the media – illustrates the challenges of governing innovation in emergent technologies. The RCEP recommend a system of adaptive innovation governance for dealing with the uncertain consequences…

OBAMA, LOOKING FORWARD WITH EXPECTATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member A week ago the western world felt like a different place. ‘Change’ and ‘hope’ were still slogans. Now, as the embers of Tuesday’s historic celebrations in Chicago’s Grant Park finally begin to die down, US president-elect Barack Obama is throwing himself into the nitty-gritty of forming a new government….

THE BIG BIOFUEL DEBATE RUMBLES ON

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Biofuels have little impact in cutting greenhouse gas emissions so governments should concentrate instead on lowering energy consumption to fight climate change, according to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report published today. Governments should boost the so-called second generation biofuels that do not use food crops,…

STEPS SEMINAR: ANDREW JAMISON ON THE QUEST FOR GREEN KNOWLEDGE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read Andrew Jamison’s presentation Listen to the podcast of this seminar introduced by Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre To give the first STEPS Seminar of 2008 we are delighted to welcome Andrew Jamison of Denmark’s Aalborg University to SPRU this afternoon. He is here to talk about…

WHAT TO WATCH IN 2008

Mindful of the folly of predictions, Lawrence Haddad, director of the UK Institute of Development Studies, outlines the eight events and trends he will be watching to shape the development discourse in the next 12 months, from the US elections and Beijing Olympics to power transitions in Africa and the new philanthropists.

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH CHINA

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Guangzhou, in South China, is one of the cities at the forefront of the country’s “ economic miracle”. The skyline is characterised as much by cranes and construction sites as by the high-rise towers which are already home to its thriving commerce. To what extent are Guangzhou’s innovators factoring…