Informing the UK’s approach to SDGs

A Parliamentary inquiry about the UK’s position and approach to the development targets to replace the millennium development goals has published evidence from the ESRC STEPS Centre. The Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry is looking at how best the UK can move forward on setting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GM Nation or GM Planet? How to involve citizens in decisions about transgenic crops

The UK’s GM Nation? public debate – conducted over a decade ago, tried to include the voices of citizens in decision-making over transgenic crops. With recent decisions by China and India possibly signalling a shift of opinion against GM in these ‘rising powers’, what kinds of institutions are required to enable democratic governance of these…

The ‘Geeks’ Fight Back: Challenges for Science and Democracy

A mood of scientific self-righteousness has broken out in the UK. The ‘geeks’ – professional scientists committed to evidence-based policy – are on the march. What has brought this on? Two things seem to have combined. First a protest and second a manifesto. Both have important implications for the debate about the relationship between science,…

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…

STEPS at PLANET UNDER PRESSURE

The STEPS Centre is mounting a variety of exciting activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London, this week (March 26-29): convening a key session, taking part in four other sessions, hosting an evening event to launch our book series, exhibiting with a stand and recording video interviews for our Rio+20 project.Key SessionTuesday: Adrian Ely is convening…

STEPS at Planet Under Pressure

The STEPS Centre mounted a variety of activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London (March 26-29) from convening a key session to having an exhibition stand and holding an evening event to launch our book series. PRESS RELEASE:  Rio+20 must radically rethink innovation (27 March 2012) Key Sessions Tuesday: Adrian Ely convened a…

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…

A BRITISH FOOD REVOLUTION?

By Julia Day The UK government has today called for an “radical rethink” of food production in the country. And unsurprisingly, genetically modified crops are at the centre of the plans. Hilary Benn, the UK environment minister, suggested GM farming could help to increase Britain’s crop production as he set out plans to make the…

STEPS CENTRE LAUNCHES IN LONDON

25 June 2007: Over 160 attend STEPS Centre launch event at Portcullis House, Westminster We live in an era of unprecedented environmental and technological flux; apocalyptic predictions of climate change-induced drought and floods, avian ‘flu and HIV/AIDS pandemics, unsafe food and scarce water supplies hit the headlines daily. Rapid change is creating new interactions between…