Woman walks along a water pipe in Dharavi

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…

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…

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…

Sustainable business in India: challenges for Rio+20

By Ian Scoones India has seen unprecedented economic growth in recent years; yet with this comes a growing demand for resources and increased pressure on the environment. But how can we combine business success and broad-based economic growth with environmental sustainability? This is a major challenge for fast-growing emerging economies such as India. As the…

Business and Biotech in Bangalore

Two events with India-based partners explored the recent history and future of Indian business and biotechnology. These events, held in February 2012, are part of our ongoing work on risk, uncertainty and technology in India. Seminar: Biotechnology in Bangalore “Biotechnology in Bangalore: Past Experiences, Future Trajectories” was a half-day seminar to reflect on the changing…

RISK, COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE, INDIA

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the STEPS Centre, with Infosys and climate3C, are hosting a conference to focus on “Risk, Competitiveness and Sustainability”, challenging companies in India to embrace ‘sustainable’ business models in order to effectively meet business, social and environmental risks. The conference is…

Getting hotter: Regulating biotechnology in India

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director Biotechnology offers many potentials but also dangers. Regulation is clearly essential. But how, over what and with what measures is less clear. The debate about how to regulate emerging technologies associated with biotechnology is a hot one the world over. In India, it’s about to become much hotter. Photo:…

Biotech business in Bangalore: a decade of hype and hope?

By Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? Photo: Biochemical RGB by Sergei Golyshev on…

WHAT HAPPENED TO BIOTECH IN BANGALORE?

A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing in Bangalore, India. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? A recent seminar (programme here) jointly convened by the Centre…

BIOTECH IN BANGALORE SEMINAR

Center for Public Policy (CPP), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the STEPS Centre, are coming together with the Association of Biotechnology-Led Enterprises (ABLE) to hold a half a day seminar on ‘Biotech in Bangalore: Past Experiences Future Trajectories’.This event is sponsored by the UK-India Education Research Initiative through a grant to the STEPS…