RISK, COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE, INDIA

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the STEPS Centre, with Infosys and climate3C, are hosting a conference to focus on “Risk, Competitiveness and Sustainability”, challenging companies in India to embrace ‘sustainable’ business models in order to effectively meet business, social and environmental risks. The conference is…

STEVE WADDELL ON DYNAMIC SUSTAINABILITIES

Steve Waddell, founding Executive Director of Global Action Network Net (GAN-Net) and Leadership for Change (among his many other activities) has written on his blog about the STEPS Centre’s recent flagship book, Dynamic Sustainabilities; Technology, Environment, Social Justice. His piece, entitled Sustainability Networks for Stability, Durability, Resilience and Robustness, takes a critical look at the…

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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…

UK PRIME MINISTER URGED TO ATTEND RIO+20

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager “The Prime Minister should promise to attend next year’s Rio + 20 Earth Summit to show leadership on sustainability and strengthen global political will to tackle the environmental crisis,” say MPs on the Uk parliament’s Commons Environmental Audit Committee in a report published today. The report warns that…

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT GLOBELICS

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager How can innovation contribute to social justice and sustainable development goals? Two of the STEPS Centre’s members will be debating this issue in Argentina next month at the 9th Globelics International Conference in Buenos Aires.Adrian Ely and Adrian Smith will be speaking on the panel of the “Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable…

TOP 10 POSTS OF ALL TIME

I’ve been looking at the most-viewed posts on the blog since we started in January 2007 (with a post on pro-poor rice farming). It’s interesting to see how the blog’s developed since then, with a growing number of contributors, from visiting fellows and partners to speakers at our events. A good number of the Top…

HAVE YOUR SAY: DELHI SEMINAR ON INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT

At last month’s seminar on Innovation, Sustainability and Development at NISTADS, participants reflected on the state of innovation in various fields – in food and agriculture, health, ICTs, low carbon technology, and at grassroots level. This is an invitation to talk more about the issues. For those who couldn’t make it to the seminar, or…

EVERYONE’S A WINNER (EXCEPT IF YOU’RE NOT…)

Photo: Jatropha curcas – the biofuel plant from tonrulkens’ photostream on Flickr Our director Melissa Leach is giving the first Annual Piers Blaikie Lecture on Environmental Politics at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in July. She’ll be speaking on ‘Green wins or green grabs? Contested pathways to sustainability in Africa’. In our environmentally-anxious age,…

COMPLEXITY SCIENCE & DEVELOPMENT

In a world where systems change and interact unpredictably, there’s a growing interest in using complexity science to tackle questions in international development. Our director Melissa Leach spoke last month at a UKCDS workshop on complexity science and international development (Melissa’s slides are on our Slideshare). Ben Ramalingam, visiting fellow at IDS, has written some…