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…

THE MANIFESTO: ONE YEAR ON

By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto is a year old! It’s been a busy year. In the time since the launch of the Manifesto, we’ve been engaging with an increasingly diverse set of academic and policy networks around the world about how science, technology and innovation can work in…

International Space Station (ISS)

The start of construction of the International Space Station (ISS)

FEEDING THE FUTURE? THE FORESIGHT REPORT ON FOOD AND FARMING

By John Thompson and Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture Co-Convenors A new report from the UK Government-commissioned study into Global Food and Farming Futures has called for urgent action to improve food security in the UK and around the world and to avert global hunger. The Foresight report on The Future of Food…

31 OCTOBER: DEBATE ON ENGINEERING, CAUTION AND UTOPIA

Professor Andy Stirling, STEPS Centre Co-Director, will be part of a keynote debate entitled “Engineering the future: cautionary tale or utopia?” on Sunday. The debate is part of the Battle of Ideas festival at the Royal College of Art in London. “Are we are living in a world where utopian thinking is at best idle…

STEPS CONFERENCE 2010: VIDEO

Our conference featured keynote speeches with ideas on sustainability and the sciences; and a roundtable on policy for the 2012 Earth Summit. Keynote speech 1: Prof Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Melissa explains the STEPS Centre’s “pathways” concept, with illustrations from our work on health, water & sanitation, and food & agriculture. Keynote speech 2: Prof…

STEPS CONFERENCE 2010: WATER, SUSTAINABILITY AND INTELLECTUAL JUDO

by Katharina Welle, DPhil student Water is a vital piece in the sustainability jigsaw. It’s also a resource that requires careful management. In the final plenary session at the STEPS Centre’s Annual Conference last week, Andy Stirling encouraged us to exercise “intellectual judo” in pursuing pathways to sustainability: finding “levers” where we can change or…

DAVID GRIMSHAW OF PRACTICAL ACTION ON THE MANIFESTO

David Grimshaw of Practical Action spoke at the launch of the New Manifesto on Tuesday. He’s also now written a blogpost on what he would add to it. This 3D agenda needs to be supplemented by 3V’s: vision, values, and vulnerabilities. The vision is now in the manifesto but could be expanded to say something…

MANIFESTO LAUNCH: VIDEOS

At the launch of Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto, there was a set of fascinating responses to the Manifesto from speakers from around the globe. The videos are now available to watch online at our blip.tv channel; the direct links are below. Manifesto launch – part 1 Manifesto launch – part 2 Manifesto launch…

ERIK MILLSTONE ON FOOD SECURITY IN THE SUNDAY TIMES

Two days ago the Sunday Times carried a briefing on “Environment, Sustainability and the Food Supply Challenge”. The supplement includes an interview with Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture Co-convenor, on food security. “Poor farmers should not be thought as entrepreneurs looking for risky investments. They are householders looking to diminish their risk.” Read…