FINDING PATHWAYS IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY

We’re living in an age of anxiety where politicians, policy makers and the public search for solutions to narrowly-defined problems and risks. At the recent CRASSH conference, “Challenging Models in the Face of Uncertainty”, Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director, spoke about how this search for solutions can lead to social injustice. She argues for a…

31 OCTOBER: DEBATE ON ENGINEERING, CAUTION AND UTOPIA

Professor Andy Stirling, STEPS Centre Co-Director, will be part of a keynote debate entitled “Engineering the future: cautionary tale or utopia?” on Sunday. The debate is part of the Battle of Ideas festival at the Royal College of Art in London. “Are we are living in a world where utopian thinking is at best idle…

SCIENCE AND RISK: PROF ANDY STIRLING ON BBC RADIO 4

To what extent should we be willing to stop innovation in science and technology if we’re not certain that we can cope with the consequences when things go wrong? Andy Stirling, STEPS Centre co-director, was the first “witness” on last night’s Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to him on BBC iPlayer…

INNOVATION IN INDIA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member India may have strengths like democracy, diversity, demography, interdependence and role models, but it can’t become a global research giant unless it harnesses the strengths, according to Rajeev Gowda, STEPS Centre partner who organised the first event for our risk, uncertainty and technology project – co-funded by UKIERI in…

RISK IN INDIA: NEW CROP TECHNOLOGIES OR NEW DISEASE?

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member A deadly strain of disease has been identified as spreading fast across the wheat fields of Asia and Africa and scientists are worried that it could potentially cause mass starvation, according to new reports in the Indian and the UK press. The Hindu recently picked up on an article…

RISK IN INDIA: NEW PHARMACEUTICALS & PATENT LAW

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member Controversy over the extent to which private pharmaceutical interests can creep into the debates around public good has arisen recently here in India. A technical expert committee constituted by the government of India to look into the patent laws with respect to new pharmaceuticals and micro-organisms recently withdrew its…

RISK, UNCERTAINTY AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN INDIA

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member Our time is marked by a rapid technological change and associated anxieties about public and private risks, a significant part of which remain uncertain and unpredictable and yet could have enormous potential to influence our present and future. The STEPS Centre is looking into how different institutions and groups…