Geoff Oldham

Remembering Geoff Oldham

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news of the death of Professor Geoff Oldham, who passed away on Sunday 1 October 2017 at the age of 88. Geoff’s work on science and technology policy and developing countries is unparalleled. Among his extraordinary achievements was the co-founding, with Chris Freeman, of…

Debating Science and Technology for Development in Africa

By Ian Scoones, Director of the STEPS Centre At an event today we will be debating the STISA-2024 (Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa) initiative by the African Union (AU), the latest attempt to bring science and technology to the centre of the development debate in Africa. The STISA-2024 document opens with a rousing…

Democracy in the Anthropocene? Science and Sustainable Development Goals at the UN

Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director, was one of 28 scientists invited to attend a United Nations Expert Meeting to discuss science and Sustainable Development Goals. She reflects on the issues addressed, the process involved and asks whether a dangerous new world of undisputed scientific authority and anti-democratic politics lies ahead. Read about Melissa’s experience of the United Nations…

STEPS Centre wins award for contribution to public understanding of the social dimensions of science

The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) has awarded the ESRC STEPS Centre its prestigious new Ziman award for “the most innovative cooperation in a venture to promote the public understanding of the social dimensions of science”. The STEPS Centre was given the award for its Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New…

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STEPS at Planet Under Pressure

The STEPS Centre mounted a variety of activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London (March 26-29) from convening a key session to having an exhibition stand and holding an evening event to launch our book series. PRESS RELEASE:  Rio+20 must radically rethink innovation (27 March 2012) Key Sessions Tuesday: Adrian Ely convened a…

Manifesto: translated versions

Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto was originally published in English, but the Manifesto project has involved discussions in many countries. We would like people around the world to be able to join in the debate and action, so the following translated versions are now available: Arabic Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto in Arabic…

NEW PAPER: LESSONS FROM LATIN AMERICA

A new STEPS Centre paper, by Elisa Arond, Iokiñe Rodríguez, Valeria Arza, Francisco Herrera and Myriam Sánchez, investigates the challenges of linking science, technology and innovation to social needs, in the context of Latin America. Innovation, Sustainability, Development and Social Inclusion: Lessons from Latin America is one of a series of working papers relating regional…

WE’RE IN THE IDS ANNUAL REPORT

By Nathan Oxley, STEPS Communications Assistant The STEPS Centre is mentioned twice in the beautifully interactive Annual Report of the Institute of Development Studies. The Knowledge, Technology and Society section of the report cites our New Manifesto project, and Kamal Kar is quoted on our 2011 Water Symposium. The report’s a good way of getting…

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…