STEPS-JNU SYMPOSIUM: “Are you an academic or an activist?”

By Elisa Arond, Doctoral student, Clark University and researcher STEPS Centre Grassroots Innovation project (Photo: poster at JNU, Delhi) “Are you an academic or an activist?” That was the first question I was asked over tea before the workshop on Grassroots Innovation Movements began at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University,…

STEPS-JNU SYMPOSIUM: Transformative innovation from the grassroots

By Ian Scoones, Co-Director, STEPS Centre Session three at the JNU-STEPS Symposium focused on ‘grassroots innovation’. The panel emphasised the transformative possibilities of innovation, and the need to go beyond a narrow definition of innovation as focused only on technology. Rooted in movements, Adrian Smith from the STEPS Centre, argued that innovation is also about…

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…

Grassroots innovations: special issue of ‘Global Environmental Change’

The latest issue of the research journal Global Environmental Change is dedicated to the topic of grassroots innovation for sustainability. The special issue contains six original research articles which focus on the US and Europe, guest edited by Adrian Smith and Gill Seyfang. These articles were selected from papers presented at a research workshop held…

Don’t believe the hype: Who authors our futures?

A chain of technological developments set into motion by chemist and physicist Gordon Moore more than 45 years ago is still resonating in technological choices being made today, says Justin Pickard, a STEPS Centre PhD student, in a blogpost for The Guardian published today. Justin, who is researching the relationship between uncertainty, infrastructure and grassroots innovation and working…

What the new Ahmedabad Declaration means for grassroots innovation

by Adrian Smith, STEPS Grassroots Innovation project NOTE: A new article on grassroots innovation has just been published on the website of the Journal of Cleaner Production, authored by Adrian Smith, Mariano Fressoli and Hernán Thomas. Smith, A., Fressoli, M. and Thomas, H. (2013) Grassroots innovation movements: challenges and contributions, Journal of Cleaner Production (in…