WHAT DOES PERI-URBAN SUSTAINABILITY MEAN IN THE CONTEXT OF DELHI?

By FIONA MARSHALL, STEPS Centre member At a recent workshop in Delhi, academics and civil society groups discussed the STEPS Centre peri-urban sustainability project, as part of a joint workshop with LSEs climate change research centre, in collaboration with the Institute of Economic Growth supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and with…

STEPS SEMINAR: BIOFUELS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member For presentation, podcast and photos from this event see the STEPS Seminars page: During the past few years, bio-energy and especially liquid biofuels have gone from being a topic for mostly technical researchers to full-blown controversy and front-page headlines. It has been implicated for exacerbating climate change rather than…

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…

STEPS SEMINAR: THE SUSSEX MANIFESTO

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Listen to the podcast Read Geoff Oldham’s presentation To read the 1970 Sussex Manifesto: Science and Technology to Developing Countries during the Second Development Decade see the STEPS Seminar page See the photos on Flickr We’re delighted that Geoff Oldham has joined us today for a look at both…

ASBESTOS WORKERS LOBBY PARLIAMENT

By LINDA WALDMAN STEPS Centre member ‘Disgraceful’, ’a class decision’ and ‘an outright injustice’ were just some of the angry phrases heard as people from all over the country joined forces to express outrage at the House of Lords’ decision that pleural plaques can no longer be compensated in English law. Asbestos victim support groups…

FLICKR THROUGH OUR PHOTOS

I have finally gotten around to creating a STEPS Centre page on Flickr. You can check out the first sets of photos to go live, including our launch, recent seminars and the Farmer First Revisited event. Keep an eye open for new photos as they are posted in the Flickr box in the right hand…

HARD TO SWALLOW

“Vaccination is one of medicine’s greatest achievements, so why do so many people fear it?” Jim Giles of New Scientist asks this question of STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach and others in this week’s magazine. The feature covers many of the issues Melissa and James Fairhead write about in their new book, Vaccine Anxieties.

STEPS SEMINAR: GLOBAL BIOFUEL CROPS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read the presentation Listen to a podcast of this seminar Introduced by Adrian Smith (40 mins) Helena and Les’ presentation will be posted here soon See photos from this seminar We are excited to have Les Levidow of the Open University and Helena Paul of Econexus, London with us…

FOOD VS FUEL: CHINA’S BIOENERGY CHALLENGE

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member A recent spotlight on biofuels on the SciDev.net website gives a detailed overview of research issues, including risks and benefits for developing countries and an article by Siwa Msangi of IFPRI on potential food security impacts from the biofuels “revolution”. Msangi’s article points to the need for international policies…

PUTTING FARMERS FIRST

In 1987 a meeting of 50 social and natural scientists proved a defining moment in the development of farmer participation in agricultural research. Now the Future Agricultures Consortium in association the STEPS Centre and IDS is hosting an international workshop, Farmer First Revisited, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the event. The FFR website…