Sustainable business in India: challenges for Rio+20

By Ian Scoones India has seen unprecedented economic growth in recent years; yet with this comes a growing demand for resources and increased pressure on the environment. But how can we combine business success and broad-based economic growth with environmental sustainability? This is a major challenge for fast-growing emerging economies such as India. As the…

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…

TIM JACKSON PUBLIC LECTURE AT SUSSEX, 14 MAY: WHERE IS THE GREEN ECONOMY?

On Monday 14 May, Tim Jackson is coming to Sussex University to give a public lecture, organised by the STEPS Centre. The lecture’s called “Where is the green economy? Prosperity, work and sustainability ‘after the crisis’”. The lecture is open to all, and will be followed by a drinks reception. The full event details are…

14 May: Tim Jackson – Where is the green economy?

In a live-streamed public lecture on 14 May at Sussex University entitled Where is the green economy? Prosperity, work and sustainability ‘after the crisis’, Tim Jackson talked about the challenges for a world hit by economic recession and ecological problems. This lecture was organised by the STEPS Centre as part of our Summer School on Pathways to…

PLANET UNDER PRESSURE: BEYOND SCIENCE?

Planet Under Pressure, which ends today, is a big conference – not only in terms of the crowds of people here, but in the grand scale of the problems we’re here to tackle. Global changes in populations, weather patterns and food systems create complex, interrelated problems. A bewildering array of answers to these problems is…

PLANET UNDER PRESSURE: VIDEO HOPES FOR RIO+20

The journalist and author Fred Pearce, Oxfam campaigns and policy director Phil Bloomer and ESRC associate research director Paul Rouse are among those to tell us about their one big hope for Rio+20 at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London this week. We’re asking people at Planet Under Pressure and other events to tell…

HAVE YOUR SAY: HOPES FOR RIO+20

Before and during the Planet Under Pressure conference in London next week, we’re asking people to tell us what sustainable development issue they want to see addressed at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June. Here are a selection of the responses: Direct link to the YouTube playlist Have your say: your hopes for Rio+20 What’s…

STEPS AT THE WORLD WATER FORUM 2012

This Thursday (15 March), we’re holding a side event at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille. Speakers include Jeremy Allouche, Alan Nicol, Lyla Mehta, Archana Patkar (WSSCC), Kamal Kar (CLTS) and Tom Slaymaker (WaterAid). At the event, we’ll be launching the new IDS Bulletin on Water and Sanitation, ‘Some for All? Pathways and Politics…