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New journal ‘Nature and Space’ launched

The links between the environment and justice, past and present, are highlighted in a  new article, ‘The antinomies of nature and space’, co-authored by STEPS member Lyla Mehta. So-called ‘natural’ disasters, whether heatwaves, hurricanes, droughts or earthquakes, are linked in their impacts – and sometimes their causes – to patterns of injustice.  Poverty and inequality…

Lyla Mehta interviewed by BBC World Service on inequality and consumption

STEPS researcher Lyla Mehta was a guest on BBC World Service’s flagship discussion programme, The Forum, to talk about inequality of consumption. During the discussion, Lyla shared insights from the STEPS Centre’s project on peri-urban sustainability. Although some people in cities in the global South have access to water supplied by the state, there are…

A human rights approach to Water and Food Security connections

A new report on water for food security and nutrition led by Lyla Mehta shows how land, food and water issues are inextricably linked and must be reflected in policymaking In the Red Room of Rome’s Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, a landmark report is being launched this morning, which, in the…

Get involved! Your views on water and food security wanted by the UN.

Would you like to help inform a report for the UN on food and water security? Now here is your chance. A year ago, the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) asked the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to prepare a report on Water and Food Security.  Lyla Mehta, convenor of…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: DEBATES AND CONTRADICTIONS

By Lyla Mehta and Harriet Dudley This was our third World Water Forum, and compared with the other ones we’ve attended it was pretty tame, far more low-key and lacked open protest and contestation. The overall theme – Le temps des solutions – seemed rather bombastic given that solutions to addressing water and sanitation problems…

“SOME FOR ALL” IN WATER: FORTHCOMING IDS BULLETIN

A new IDS Bulletin, published on 2 March, will focus on STEPS work on water and sanitation. Entitled “Some for All? Pathways and Politics Since New Delhi 1990”, it brings together papers from participants at our 2011 Water Symposium, including Barbara Frost, Gourisankar Ghosh and Kamal Kar. A selection of papers from the Bulletin will…

STEPS CENTRE WATER SYMPOSIUM

By Julia Day An opportunity to break out of conventional thinking and forge new alliances has enticed more than 40 water and sanitation development experts gather in Brighton today for the STEPS Centre’s Water Symposium. As part of our on-going research in the water and sanitation, Lyla Mehta and Synne Movik have convened this meeting…

LIQUID DYNAMICS AT WORLD WATER WEEK

The STEPS Centre is holding an event at World Water Week in Stockholm this month, entitled Liquid Dynamics: Rethinking Sustainability in Water and Action. Our side event examines the concept of ‘liquid dynamics’ – often neglected patterns of complexity and interaction between the social, technological and ecological dimensions of water and sanitation. Presentations and discussions…

LIQUID DYNAMICS: WORLD SANITATION & HYGIENE WEEK

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The effects of recurring floods and droughts, the deaths of 6,000 babies daily from waterborne diseases and growing sanitation problems in booming peri-urban and urban centres. No act of terrorism generates devastation on the scale of the crisis in water and sanitation. Despite growing global attention to water and…

REFLECTIONS ON THE DSA: DIFFERENCES LAID BARE

By LYLA MEHTA, STEPS Centre member The conference laid bare the ideological and socio-political differences between the promotion of elite institutions and supervised learning as opposed to unsupervised and more organic forms of experimentation and learning in technological innovation. We had an overdose of the former with the presentations on the Millennium Project and the…