This website is provided as a public service by the ESRC STEPS Centre (STEPS) subject to the following terms and conditions. Your use of the site is subject to these terms – if you do not agree to them, please leave the site.

Disclaimer of liability

In the preparation of this website, every effort has been made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information possible. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors may occur. In particular, but without limiting anything here, STEPS disclaims any responsibility for typographical errors and accuracy of the information that may be contained on STEPS web pages. STEPS also reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.

The information and data included on STEPS web pages has been compiled from a variety of sources. Unless expressly stated otherwise, opinions given on this website are those of the individuals making them, and not those of STEPS or its funders: STEPS and its funders are not responsible for such opinions or any claims resulting from them. Further, STEPS makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the quality, content, completeness, or adequacy of such information and data. In any situation where printed publications differ from the text contained in this system, the printed documents take precedence.

Some parts of the STEPS website are interactive, and we encourage contributions by users, which may or may not be subject to editorial control prior to being posted on the website. STEPS accepts no responsibility or liability for any material communicated by third parties in this way. STEPS reserves the right at its sole discretion to remove, review, edit or delete any content at our own discretion.

Unacceptable use

You must not use any part of the website for any purpose which is illegal, immoral, offensive to others or in breach of others’ rights, or submit any content of that nature. This includes, but is not limited to any content or purpose which is discriminatory or harassing on the grounds of race, gender, religion, age or any other personal attribute, foul language, inciting hatred, sexually explicit, abusive, defamatory, in breach of copyright or other rights and such other activity as STEPS may from time to time determine is unacceptable. STEPS may remove or block access to any content or communication for any purpose. If you feel that your rights are infringed by anything on this site, please contact the STEPS Communications Team (details below) giving a full description of the offending items and reasons. STEPS will investigate and, if it agrees, remove or block such content.

Disclaimer of reliability

While every effort is made to ensure that this website operates reliably, STEPS make no representations or warranties regarding the condition or functionality of this website, its suitability for use, or that the service it provides will be uninterrupted or error-free.

Disclaimer of damages

By using this website, you assume all risks associated with its use, including any risk to your computer, software or data being damaged by any virus, software, or any other file which might be transmitted or activated via this website. STEPS shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, including, without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, resulting from the use or misuse of this website or the information contained in this website.

Disclaimer of endorsement

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by STEPS. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of STEPS, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Links to other websites

Links from the STEPS website may take you to other websites that are not controlled by STEPS. While such links are provided in good faith, STEPS does not approve or endorse the websites to which it has established links in any way. Links are provided for your convenience only and STEPS is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any other website linked to or from the STEPS website. Use of any such links will not render STEPS liable to you or any other person for loss or liability of any kind.

We have tried to ensure that links to off-site materials are clearly indicated. If we have linked to your material and not clearly indicated that the content is non-STEPS, please let us know so that we can resolve the matter by making the link clearer, or removing the link.


STEPS holds the copyright to all STEPS publications and STEPS website content but encourages reproduction of these materials for non-commercial purposes. Proper attribution is requested, stating the original source of the material.

Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for teaching or not-for-profit use is hereby granted without fee and without a formal request provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that full attribution appears on the first page.

We ask other organisations and media to create links to our publication web pages that offer the download PDF link, rather than storing our PDFs on their own systems. This helps us to track the use of our publications, providing vital information for our publications programme.

If downloading of PDFs is required for purposes of coursework teaching please contact us so that we can also monitor this usage.

Copyright for web content and publications not owned by STEPS must be honoured and permission pursued with the copyright holder. Copying in any other circumstances, including but not limited to any commercial use, re-use in commercial publications, or for translation or adaptation, is not permitted without prior written permission from STEPS for which a fee may be payable.

To request permission to reprint or republish material from this site, or if you are unclear who is the copyright holder, please contact:

Institute of Development Studies
at the University of Sussex
T: +44 (0)1273 915826
E: steps-centre@ids.ac.uk

Privacy notice

In the event that you provide your personal data to us through our website at http://steps-centre.org, sign up for our newsletter on mailchimp.com or register for our events on eventbrite.com, this notice informs you of how the ESRC STEPS Centre processes your personal data in connection with offering, providing and maintaining our information and communication services.

This notice may be updated from time to time.

Who is responsible for the processing of your personal data?

The controller of your personal data is the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, an ESRC research centre, with its secretariat at the Institute of Development Studies, UK.

We process your personal data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on Personal Data Protection and all other relevant laws, assuming legitimate interest in the data you provide us with.

For any queries, please contact:

STEPS Communications and Impact Manager, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RE. Email: steps-centre@ids.ac.uk; Telephone: +44 (0)1273 915826

Why is STEPS processing your personal data and what is the purpose and legal basis of such processing?

The purpose of STEPS is to influence policy and generate new debate on sustainability by engaging with diverse local and global audiences. When you interact with us, or subscribe to our services (e.g. events and newsletters) we process personal information for certain legitimate purposes, which include some or all of the following:

  • to provide digital communications which we think will be of interest to you
  • to enable us to enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services and communications for the benefit of our service subscribers
  • to identify and prevent fraud to enhance the security of our network and information systems
  • to better understand how people interact with our website, our communications and events
  • to better understand the professional contexts of our community
  • to determine the effectiveness of our outreach and impact activities.

Whenever we process data for these purposes we will ensure that we always keep your personal data rights in high regard and take account of these rights. You have the right to object to this processing if you wish, and if you wish to do so please email us. Please bear in mind that if you object this may affect our ability to carry out tasks above for your benefit, e.g. we will cease sending you emails, and you will not be able to register for our events.

When and how is STEPS collecting data?

Website use

When you visit the STEPS website at http://steps-centre.org/, our hosting servers will establish an encrypted connection between your browser and our website. By the use of cookies, we may collect general information about your computer (such as IP address, operating system and browser).


A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser on the computer. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of such cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information on servers in the United States. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://policies.google.com/privacy.

Throughout the website we have integrated social media share buttons from third party websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites over which we have no control. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about how these cookies are controlled.

You may disable the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the privacy policy, please contact us at:

Nathan Oxley, STEPS Centre Communications & Impact Manager, c/o Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer BN1 9RE, UK

Email: steps-centre@ids.ac.uk