STEPS co-director Ian Scoones awarded Ester Boserup prize for research on development

Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at IDS and co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre has been awarded the 2019 Ester Boserup prize for research on development. In a lecture on 14 June in Copenhagen, he will give a lecture to mark the award, explaining his current work on uncertainty. The lecture takes place at 14.00 Danish…

Japan book launches: Ian Scoones on sustainable rural livelihoods and the SDGs

This week, as part of book launches of the Japanese edition of “Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development”, STEPS Centre director Ian Scoones will be giving two talks in Japan. The talks explore the linkages between livelihoods and agrarian political economy and the links between a politically-informed sustainable livelihoods approach and the SDGs. Buy the book…

Video: Pastoralism in Africa – doing things differently

Our new book Pastoralism and Development in Africa explores the booming livestock trade in the Horn of Africa, a region more often associated with conflict and famine. In this video, two of the authors – Hussein Mahmoud and John Letai – and two editors – Ian Scoones and Jeremy Lind – give their views on…

SWINE FLU: SOME EMERGING LESSONS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Co-Director Read a short version of this piece, published in The Guardian.The back-story of the swine flu outbreak is gradually seeping out. There are some vitally important lessons that can be learned. Here I outline five: 1. Risks, uncertainties and mortalities A favourite media narrative in the face of a potential…

SWINE FLU: GOVERNING GLOBAL HEALTH IN AN AGE OF EPIDEMICS

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre Co-Director More than 150 deaths in Mexico, a public emergency declared in the US, China banning imports of pigs from the USA and Mexico, health authorities across Asia and the Pacific on red alert, stock market prices for agriculture and travel industries down, while pharmaceutical stocks rise. These are just…

AVIAN FLU: NEW APPROACH NEEDED

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre co-director As ministers of health and agriculture from around the world gather in Egypt for the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, the STEPS Centre, based at IDS and SPRU, launches an important new report exploring the lessons of the international response to avian influenza over the past…

AVIAN ‘FLU: THE POLITICS AND POLICY PROCESSES OF A GLOBAL RESPONSE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member When the potential of a flu pandemic derived from Avian Influenza emerged, alarm bells rang across the world. The prospect of a major public health catastrophe caused by the human-human transmission of so-called bird flu sparked considerable investment into developing surveillance and response systems for the disease. But how…