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Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

May 2017

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative: Launch Event

24th May 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Seminar & launch event with Ruth Hall (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) and Ian Scoones (Institute of Development Studies/STEPS Centre). All welcome - registration is not required. Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos, and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings across the world. Forms of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ have failed to stem disillusionment, disenfranchisement and marginalisation. The rise of populist, nationalist movements has been one very visible response. These may aim to ‘take back control’ in favour…

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April 2017

STEPS Seminar: Where are the missing co-authors? Authorship practices in participatory research

3rd April 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

Join us for a STEPS Seminar with Louise Fortmann (University of California at Berkeley), on 3 April 2017 at the Institute of Development Studies. The increase in publications based on participatory research has raised questions about crediting the contributions of non-academic collaborators. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, trends and patterns in authorship and acknowledgment practices were analyzed for a sample of 262 journal articles in English reporting on participatory research on rural livelihoods published from 1975-2013. Six percent of the…

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September 2016

Kolya Abramsky: ‘Towards a Class-Based Approach to Global Energy Transition: Shifting Energy Demand, Expanding the Renewable Energy Sector and Phasing Out Fossil Fuel’

20th September 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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STEPS Seminar - all welcome Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Library Road, Falmer, BN1 9RE Abstract: Terms such as “energy democracy” and “climate justice” have gained increasingly widespread usage and acceptance over the last 5 years. In order to give weight to these slogans, it is necessary to understand the class relations behind the global energy sector, and the sector’s worldwide division of labour. As a key means of production and consumption in the world-division of labour, the energy…

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Tania Li: ‘What is politics?’

9th September 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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STEPS Seminar, all welcome Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Library Road, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RE Listen to the seminar Hear Tania Li's seminar below, including questions and answers with the audience. Abstract: My seminar will cover a broad sweep of issues under the general rubric of building systemic governing. In my discipline of anthropology, there was once a field called "political anthropology," with a focus on systems of social organization (hierarchies, clans, kingdoms) and social order. This field has…

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April 2016

Seminar: Connor Cavanagh on responses to violent eviction

28th April 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Differentiated dispossession: ‘Hunter-gatherer’ responses to violent eviction from Embobut Forest Reserve, western Kenya Seminar by Connor Joseph Cavanagh Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Library Road, Falmer, UK Critical scholarship on global land and ‘green’ grabbing has begun to examine the politics of variegation in diverse ‘responses from below’, or the ways in which various particularities of place influence community reactions to land and resource acquisitions. These discussions are informed by a longstanding tradition of scholarship on the class dynamics…

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February 2016

Resource Conflicts & Social Justice – Nexus Network workshop

29th February 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

In recent years, the notion of the nexus has gained traction in the domain of natural resource governance. It has become the defining vocabulary to understand the interlinkages between land, water, food and climate. Since the 2008 World Economic Forum pushed key players to be concerned about water, food and energy security and their interlinkages, the nexus has become a strong policy metaphor to address the ‘world in crises’. Date: Monday 29 February 2016. Venue: Institute of Development Studies, Brighton,…

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Leverhulme Lecture: ‘The Degrowth hypothesis’

8th February 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Leverhulme Lecture: 'The Degrowth hypothesis' Giorgos Kallis, ICREA professor at ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona; visiting professor at SOAS Monday 8 February at 4-5.30pm Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies Brighton, UK If we are to radically reduce carbon emissions and material use, we have to abolish the pursuit of economic growth and develop institutions and structures that secure social sustainability under conditions of economic contraction. Hosted by the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and…

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November 2015

STEPS Centre Seminar “Will Africa Feed China?”

16th November 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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The STEPS Centre Seminar on 'Will Africa Feed China?" was by Professor Deborah Bräutigam and took place at the IDS Convening Space, on 16th November 2015, 13:00-14.30. Audio recording: Is China building an empire in rural Africa? China has nine percent of the world's arable land, six percent of its water, and over 20 percent of its people. Africa's savannahs and river basins host expanses of underutilized land and water. Some believe that China is buying up African land to…

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September 2015

STEPS Seminar: ‘Resource Politics: Future Directions’

11th September 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer, BN1 9RE, UK ‘Resource Politics: Future Directions’ Dianne Rocheleau and Kathleen McAfee A critical resource politics can contribute to reframing conservation sciences to bring science into the service of social and ecological justice. To this end, many of us are challenging the fetish of economic growth and the market-centric logic that has come to dominate ‘pragmatic’ environmentalism. But are better ways of knowing and acting possible? As political ecologists, we can…

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STEPS conference 2015: Resource Politics

7th September 2015 - 9th September 2015
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Resource Politics: Transforming Pathways to Sustainability Why now? Contexts and debates In the build up to the confirmation of the post-2015 sustainable development goals, the politics of resource access, allocation and distribution are high on global policy agendas. The limits to economic activity in the face of ‘planetary boundaries’ are being fiercely debated, and even humanity’s survival in the age of the Anthropocene is questioned. Some suggest a ‘perfect storm’ of factors is combining to present ever growing threats, often…

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June 2015

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS): Challenges of Nation-wide Scaling up and Sustainability

11th June 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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This event will be live streamed (see below) and a video recording will be available afterwards. Since its innovation in Bangladesh in 2000, Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has spread to more than 65 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America where more than 400 million people are now living in open defecation free (ODF) environments. Dr Kamal Kar, the pioneer of CLTS, will speak about the challenges of nationwide scaling up of CLTS, especially in the run up to the…

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March 2015

The inclusive turn of neoliberal conservation? Opportunities and threats of REDD+ in Tanzania

17th March 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Seminar by STEPS visiting fellow Andreas Scheba The rise of new markets, or market-like instruments, in the realm of nature conservation is a key feature of global discourse and strategies around the ‘green’ economy. Innovative ways of measuring, valuing and trading nature have emerged that enjoy increasing support among public and private stakeholders. At the same time, critical scholarship has warned against the problematic and contradictory logic of what they call ‘neoliberal conservation’, raising valid questions of: How does pricing…

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Seminar: Mission-Oriented Public Investments?

10th March 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Mission-Oriented Public Investments? State Investment Banks & Picking-Winner Policies Speakers: Mariana Mazzucato and Caetano Penna Discussants: Martin Bell and Stephany Griffith-Jones This event is jointly hosted by the STEPS Centre and IDS Business and Development Centre Live Streaming Tuesday 10 March 2015 12:30 to 14:00 Refreshments will be provided from 12:00 IDS Convening Space This seminar focuses on the rise of state investment banks (SIBs) as lead funders of 'mission-oriented' innovation in various countries' agendas regarding 'smart' (innovation-led) growth, arguing…

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July 2014

STEPS Seminar: Daniel O’Connor on the use of social media in health research

4th July 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
Free

‘The Apomediated World: The Ethical Challenges of Using Social Media in Health Research’ STEPS Seminar with Daniel O’Connor, PhD, Head of Humanities and Social Science at the Wellcome Trust STEPS Seminar: Dan O'Connor - The ethical challenges of using social media in health research by Stepscentre on Mixcloud Social media such as blogs, wikis, discussion forums, ratings sites and online social networks like Facebook and Twitter, are completely changing the ways in which lay people and health professionals create, share…

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May 2014

Seminar: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa

2nd May 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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1.00-2.00 Friday 2 May 2014 Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies All welcome Speakers include: Andrew Tarimo (Sokoine University of Agriculture) Emmanuel Manzungu (University of Zimbabwe) Bill Derman (Noragric) Alex Bolding, (Wageningen University) Barbara Van Koppen (IWMI, South Africa) Synne Movik (NIVA) Alan Nicol (Global Water Initiative) Since the early 1990s, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been the dominant paradigm in water resources management. IWRM adoption has led to water reform and the rewriting of national policies in many…

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April 2014

STEPS Seminar: Ted Schrecker on Labour arbitrage, financial fallout, expulsions

25th April 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Labour arbitrage, financial fallout, expulsions: Exploring the mechanics of the inequality machine Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University STEPS Seminar: Ted Schrecker on Labour arbitrage, financial fallout, expulsions by Stepscentre on Mixcloud “The inequality machine is reshaping the planet”, in the words of the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique. In this presentation Ted addresses three aspects of that machine’s operation.  Labour arbitrage is perhaps the most familiar, and now penetrates the labour markets even of the ‘core’…

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March 2014

STEPS Seminar: Changing political climates: Chinese environmental journalism and sustainable development

11th March 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Sam Geall, Research Fellow SPRU and executive editor Chinadialogue China’s current leadership recently made “Beautiful China” and “Ecological Civilization” two of its most prominent official slogans and enshrined sustainable development as core state policy, but what are the dynamics of this drive for “low-carbon development” and how are those dynamics framed? Exploring how Chinese environmental journalists make framing decisions around the science and politics of climate change helps to illustrate how spaces for political engagement have emerged in a restrictive…

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February 2014

Seminar: Optimism, capitalism and cities of the future

25th February 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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Reluctant Optimism - What Worlds will Business Need to be Successful in the Future? 1-2.30 Tuesday 25 February 2014 IDS Convening Space STEPS Seminar: Mick Blowfield and Leo Johnson on reluctant optimism and future cities by Stepscentre on Mixcloud Michael Blowfield Professor Corporate Responsibility, Wolverhampton; Senior Visiting Research Associate, Oxford; Fellow, London Business School Leo Johnson Co-Founder, Sustainable Finance; Visiting Business Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise & Environment, University of Oxford Do we have the rights to optimism? Can capitalism…

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Integrating Impact Planning into Research Projects: Reflections from the STEPS Centre

20th February 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom

STEPS/CDI Seminar Adrian Ely, Head of Impact and Engagement, STEPS Centre and Nathan Oxley, Communications Officer, STEPS Centre Researchers, along with development programmes, are increasingly called on to demonstrate the ‘impact’ of their research. There are many different ways to frame, define and conceptualise impact, and many possible responses to it. If impact is to be about more than box-ticking, however, this means engaging with questions about how researchers and research programmes interact with society, politics and policy.  Innovative methods…

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