Resilience 2014: Limits revisited? Planetary boundaries, justice and power

By Melissa Leach, IDS Director In 1972 Meadows et al’s Limits to Growth made scientific and policy waves, as its ‘World3’ model predicted the end of growth and prosperity as rising, consuming populations ran up against resource limits. In critique, SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex offered alternative models predicting…

Resilience 2014: Planetary boundaries, politics and pathways

How can we build development pathways that enhance sustainability and resilience, integrating ecological integrity, social equality, human rights, well-being and security? That was the tough question at the centre of Professor Melissa Leach’s presentation at the Resilience 2014 conference in Montpellier, France, this morning. Prof. Leach, former STEPS Centre Director and new IDS Director, opened the second day of the conference in…

STEVE WADDELL ON DYNAMIC SUSTAINABILITIES

Steve Waddell, founding Executive Director of Global Action Network Net (GAN-Net) and Leadership for Change (among his many other activities) has written on his blog about the STEPS Centre’s recent flagship book, Dynamic Sustainabilities; Technology, Environment, Social Justice. His piece, entitled Sustainability Networks for Stability, Durability, Resilience and Robustness, takes a critical look at the…

VIDEO: MELISSA LEACH AT NESS 2011

Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director, spoke at NESS 2011 (The 10th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference) in Stockholm last week. Her talk (56 minutes), “Pathways to sustainability? Environmental social science and justice in a complex, dynamic age” explains the STEPS Centre’s work in the context of the rapidly changing, complex world we live in. Video…

ELINOR OSTROM’S NOBEL PRIZE

By Lyla Mehta and Melissa Leach After a surprising Nobel Prize week, Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize award in Economic Sciences, shared with Oliver Williamson, is to be welcomed and celebrated. Photo: Elinor Ostrom courtesy of McGill University The Prize has been awarded for her analysis of economic governance, especially of resources held as commons, and…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM 08: REFRAMING RESILIENCE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The annual STEPS Centre Symposium is underway here in Sussex with 70 delegates gathered to debate this year’s theme, Reframing Resilience. Despite the slightly cheeky title, there is a serious aim here – to explore some of the wider frontier challenges in the resilience field and try to make…

COMPLEXITY, SIMPLIFICATION AND RESILIENCE

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member Complexity pervaded debate at the Resilience Alliance conference last month. In one way or another, participants tried to get to grips with the sheer complexities of the socio-ecological systems that concerned them, and puzzled over the kinds of adaptive governance that might ensure these systems provided resilient livelihoods to…

RESILIENCE 2008: RESILIENCE, ADAPTION AND TRANSFORMATION IN TURBULENT TIMES

By MELISSA LEACH, STEPS Centre director To watch live coverage of panel discussions, workshops and key presentations from Resilience 2008, log on to Web TV. Four of us from THE STEPS Centre (myself, Andy Stirling, Adrian Smith and Sally Brooks) are here in Stockholm at ‘Resilience 2008: Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times’. This…

MANAGING FOOD SYSTEMS FOR RESILIANCE AND SECURITY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Polly Ericksen of Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University is here at IDS today to give a STEPS Centre seminar asking: Will managing food systems for resilience maker us more food secure? Photo: Polly Ericksen at the STEPS Centre seminar…