DISCUSSING “INTERSECTING KNOWLEDGES” IN NAIROBI

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The African Academy of Sciences‘ vision is to be the engine driving scientific and technological development in Africa. It was established by prominent scientists, and the membership is still focused around the ‘hard’ sciences, especially physics and mathematics. But from our recent trip to Nairobi it’s obvious that the contribution…

NEW STEPS PUBLICATIONS: WATER REFORM AND VACCINES

We’ve just published two new Working Papers: one on Water reform in South Africa, the other on polio vaccine development. Photo: Growing vegetables near the Driekoppies dam, Lomati river by Synne Movik In policy discussions in post-apartheid South Africa, existing users were strongly protected, and redistribution to ‘historically disadvantaged individuals’ was seen as risky. The…

MANIFESTO SEMINAR: DR. PADMASHREE GEHL SAMPATH ON IP

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from this event (Flickr link) We’re delighted to have Dr Padmashree Gehl Sampath of the United Nations University with us today to talk about ‘Promoting Knowledge Generation through Intellectual property in Late Development’, as part of the Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. While the centrality…

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…

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…

SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, POWER & POLITICS: A NEW VIEW

“It’s no longer enough to think about power in a top-down manner – the people on whom, and in relation to whom, power gets exercised are an indispensable part of it,” said Sheila Jasanoff, explaining her theory of civic epistemology. Jasanoff, professor of science and technology studies at Harvard University took to the floor to…