STEPS SYMPOSIUM: MULTIMEDIA

By Julia Day We had a great Symposium last week, with an engaged audience who were game enough to participate in some video interviews, answering one question: “If you had to make one recommendation to the UN, or another global body, about the future of innovation for sustainability and development, what would it be?” More…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: ARE WE AFRAID OF INNOVATION?

By Sara J Wolcott While not surprised that innovation was a major theme at the 2009 STEPS Centre Symposium, I was surprised to learn how little innovation is mentioned or critically understood in either the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) or in global responses to Climate Change. Photo: Anil Gupta by Lance Bellers The MDGs only…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, DEVELOPMENT

By Julia Day We live in a time of transformations. The collapse of the Washington “consensus”, the financial crisis, the rise of China and other emerging economies and, of course, the threat of global climate change call for a rethinking of existing institutions, structures and paradigms. Photo: Lance Bellers At the same time a renewed…

BEYOND BIOSAFETY

In developing countries, debates around transgenic crops have tended to focus on biosafety and its regulation at the risk of ignoring broader ethical concerns. A new project by the STEPS Centre, is exploring how to open-up these debates among civil society actors. The Institute of Development Studies has featured an article by Sally Brooks, convenor…

NATURE ARTICLE ON GM FROM STEPS

Ian Scoones, co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre and Dominic Glover of the Technology and Agrarian Development Group at Wageningen University have written an article in this week’s Nature magazine (August 13) which explores the fallout of a new book on agricultural biotechnology in Africa. Scoones and Glover take a look at the Robert Paarlberg’s…

VIDEO: MANIFESTO SEMINAR – DR GEHL SAMPATH

Have a look at a short clip of Padmashree Gehl Sampath’s STEPS Centre Manifesto seminar on ‘Promoting Knowledge Generation through Intellectual property in Late Development’ as part of the Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project.

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…

LAUNCHED TODAY! BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ARCHIVE AND NEW GM PAPER

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member I am pleased to announce the launch of the STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive – spanning ten years of IDS research – and a new Working Paper and briefing from Dominic Glover, Undying Promise: Agricultural Biotechnology’s Pro-poor Narrative, Ten Years On. To launch the archive and paper we are…

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS WITH THE STEPS CENTRE

By HARRIET LE BRIS, STEPS Centre member The ESRC STEPS Centre is pleased to be able to offer one-month postdoctoral fellowships, based here in Sussex. The ESRC STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is a global research and policy engagement hub based in Sussex, drawing together researchers at the Institute of Development…