STEPS CONFERENCE 2010: WATER, SUSTAINABILITY AND INTELLECTUAL JUDO

by Katharina Welle, DPhil student Water is a vital piece in the sustainability jigsaw. It’s also a resource that requires careful management. In the final plenary session at the STEPS Centre’s Annual Conference last week, Andy Stirling encouraged us to exercise “intellectual judo” in pursuing pathways to sustainability: finding “levers” where we can change or…

SUSTAINABILITY JUDO: STEPS CENTRE CONFERENCE 2010

This year’s conference – Pathways to Sustainability: Agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice – was chock full of provocations and insights on the STEPS Centre’s “Pathways” concept and what it could mean for sustainability science and action. Among the topics: what sustainability really means; how social and natural scientists talk…

MAKING HEALTH SYSTEMS WORK FOR THE POOR

By Kate Hawkins, Communication Officer for Health and Social Change We’ve published seven new briefings on “scaling up” in the health sector. Among the themes covered are improving access to health services, building sustainable health systems, and harnessing a spirit of innovation to improve equity. Photo: Shimla street scene by Liz Highleyman from Flickr (Creative…

Methods resource page

This section is currently under development (Aug 2013). The content for this page will appear here soon. In the meantime, you might like to watch these short videos of Professor Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre, talking about pathways methods and methodologies.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: STEPS CONFERENCE 2010

The title of this year’s STEPS conference is “Pathways to Sustainability: Agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice”. It’s on 23-24 September at the Institute of Development Studies. Here’s how to participate in the conference. This year’s conference is around 5 themes: * Contesting sustainabilities * Framing narratives * Dynamics and…

BEYOND SCALING UP: PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSAL ACCESS

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The STEPS Centre and our affiliate Future Health Systems are launching a series of activities that challenge the thinking behind prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector. There is an increasing awareness amongst policy-makers in developing countries that their government’s health services do not adequately meet the…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 2: ECOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND NEOLITHIC PATHWAYS TO UNSUSTAINABILITY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The latest theory and practice in ecological science, topped the bill on Day 2 of the Ecosummit, as well as some “big picture” viewpoints looking at humankind’s place in ecosystems, from modern cities right back to the Neolithic age. Wolfgang Haber gave a fascinating picture of some highly significant,…

LOCKED OUT OF THE INNOVATION PROCESS?

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member Wealthier, northern societies are deeply embedded in unsustainable technological practices and consumption patterns, but these development paths tend to lock-out poorer communities in the south. And current drivers of globalisation risk furthering these processes of problematic inclusion and exclusion in different settings. (photo credit: Trevor Samson/World Bank)STEPS co-director Andy…