On the benefits of walking and talking

Our Summer School kicked off today, with 38 students from 25 countries meeting at IDS for two weeks of intensive debate and discussion. On Wednesday, after a short lecture on ‘uncertainty’, they’ll take a long walk over the South Downs, talking to each other around a set of guiding questions. This builds on a strong…

Public lecture, 12 May: ‘The Green Entrepreneurial State’

We’re delighted to announce that Prof Mariana Mazzucato will be the speaker for our annual public lecture at Sussex University, which takes place as part of the STEPS Centre Summer School. Mariana Mazzucato: ‘The Green Entrepreneurial State’ 12 May 2014 at 5.30-7pm Followed by drinks reception Fulton A Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex Falmer, Brighton,…

Summer School 2013 begins

Group discussion on transitions and grassroots innovation Our annual Summer School has hit the ground running, with 40 students from around the world descending on Sussex to hear and challenge the STEPS Centre’s ideas on pathways to sustainability. So far, we’ve had a mix of lectures and discussions on topics from the global political economy…

STEPS Centre Summer School 2013

Our Summer School brought together an exceptional group of people who are exploring and developing ideas on pathways to sustainability. Through a mix of lectures, walks, discussions and public events, participants challenged the STEPS team and each other on questions of science, society and development. Find out more about our 2013 Summer School (13-24 May 2013)…

Public events in May: climate, justice, planetary boundaries

Next month we’re running three public events in Brighton on climate change, social justice and planetary boundaries. These events take place during our annual Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability. All of them are open to the public and free to attend. Lecture: Michael Jacobs, Grantham Research Institute / LSE‘Capitalism, carbon and climate change’ 13…

SUMMER SCHOOL: “WHAT IS RESEARCH FOR SUSTAINABILITY?”

Participants in the recent STEPS Summer School came to Brighton from all around the world, bringing diverse life experiences and disciplinary perspectives together to learn about, discuss and debate new approaches to research for sustainability. Much of our discussion focused on the importance of encompassing plurality and diversity in both research and policy processes, and…

NUDGE, NUDGE

Ilse Oosterlaken, one of the participants in our summer school, has blogged about some of the lectures and discussions that have happened so far. One of Ilse’s blog posts reflects on a lecture by Andy Dobson on the ethics of “nudging” people towards sustainable behaviour – in other words, subtly influencing them to behave differently…

EVENTS NEXT WEEK: TIM JACKSON LECTURE AND BRIGHTON DEBATE

Next week is the start of our first ever Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability in Brighton. Although most of the session are only open to the 42 invited participants, we’re also holding a couple of events which are open to the public: Tim Jackson: Where is the green economy? Prosperity, work and sustainability ‘after…

STEPS SUMMER SCHOOL: MAY 2012

An event at the STEPS Centre We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be holding a two-week Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability next May. An international group of leading researchers will run interactive sessions drawing on their work into the interactions of social, technological and environmental systems. The Summer School is aimed at a selected…