Globelics ’11: Lessons from India’s experience of innovation politics shared at Globelics

Report on STEPS UK-India collaborations at the 9th Globelics Conference, 17th November 2011(supported by UKIERI), by Adrian Ely Perspectives from India were amongst those shared in an international panel on ‘Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development’ at the 9th Globelics Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17th November 2011. The paper that fed into…

HAVE YOUR SAY: DELHI SEMINAR ON INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT

At last month’s seminar on Innovation, Sustainability and Development at NISTADS, participants reflected on the state of innovation in various fields – in food and agriculture, health, ICTs, low carbon technology, and at grassroots level. This is an invitation to talk more about the issues. For those who couldn’t make it to the seminar, or…

INDIA SEMINAR: INNOVATION, IDEAS & INSPIRATION

by Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor Last week, STEPS participated in a 3-day seminar on “Innovation, Sustainability and Development” in Delhi, India. It was hosted by the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) in partnership with the Centre for Development Studies-Trivandrum and the STEPS Centre. A full programme with links to video…

ANTIBIOCALYPSE: HOW DO WE RESPOND TO SUPERBUGS?

by Gerry Bloom, STEPS Centre Health domain convenor On August 11 the Lancet published an article that demonstrated the emergence of a new antibiotic resistance mechanism (known as NDM-1) in India, Pakistan and the UK. The article points out that many of the UK people carrying resistant bacteria had visited the Indian sub-continent during the…

INDIAN VILLAGERS FIGHT POOR WATER SERVICES BY DESIGNING THEIR OWN SYSTEMS

By Alankar and Bhagwati from Sarai Some poorer communities on the fringes of cities in India don’t get the best access to water, either because they’re not covered, or only partly covered by the formal state-provided water system. They are now fighting back by designing systems to get the resources they need. Photo: Self-designed drainage…

INDIAN ELECTION: A STEPS TOWARDS CHANGES IN HEALTH PROVISION?

By BARUN KANJILAL, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur and member of the Future Health Systems consortia The 2009 parliamentary election in India meant a roller-coaster journey for the country in April and May of this year. The results are now out and the Congress Party, with a few other regional parties, has resurged with…

GM CROPS: JUNE LAUNCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On June 10 the STEPS Centre is launching a Biotechnology Research Archive and a new paper on Bt Cotton by Dominic Glover at a free event in London. The STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive will span over a decade of substantive, evidence-based research. A series of core projects, supported…

Knowledge Society Debates: A battle of enlightenments

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Bangalore was second location on the STEPS Centre’s Knowledge Society debates three-city tour of India,on the 8-9 January. The public discussion in Bangalore, entitled ‘Knowledge Futures in the Innovation City’, touched on a good many subjects including: ‘knowledge’ never being innocent or existing alone; there being more to the talk of ‘knowledge…

Knowledge Society Debates: truth, politics and the knowledge society

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Members of the STEPS centre and several Indian scholars from Hyderabad, India discussed issues around what a ‘knowledge society’ means on 5-6 January. At the roundtable discussion 5 January, about 30 academicians discussed overarching issues of how controversies around science and technology are issues about democracy, ethics and social relations. This discussion…

Knowledge Society Debates

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member In India, as in Europe, visions of a knowledge society have brought science, technology and innovation to the forefront of politics, democracy and public life. As India positions itself in global high-technology markets and European governments attempt to tame their sceptical public, knowledge society and knowledge economy have become…