Tag Archives: environment

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

    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 [...]

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  • STEPS-JNU SYMPOSIUM: Turning urban sustainability on its head

    By Ian Scoones, Co-Director, STEPS Centre At the STEPS-JNU Symposium on ‘Exploring Pathways to Sustainability’ organised with the Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP) at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, the first session explored the contexts and consequences of rapid urban growth in India through some in-depth case studies on urban waste management and [...]

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  • STEPS-JNU Symposium: Exploring Pathways To Sustainabilty

    Our 2014 Annual Symposium, ‘Exploring pathways to sustainability’, was co-organised with the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Exploring pathways to Sustainability Overview | Programme | Resources | Blog | Video | Storify | Twitter | Photos Overview The 2014 Annual Symposium focused on the theme of ‘pathways to sustainability’. Our participants considered how mainstream, development [...]

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  • Low carbon innovation in China

    Can Chinese innovation help address the climate crisis? This new UK-China project investigates the social and political aspects of low-carbon innovation in China, rather than focusing on technical change alone. Low carbon innovation in China – Prospects, Politics and Practice Overview | Team | Contact | Video | Media | Slides | Photos Overview: This new project, led from [...]

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  • Our Future in the Anthropocene

    STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach will be giving a talk entitled ‘science-governance challenges in the Anthropocene’ as part of a half-day seminar, Our Future in the Anthropocene, hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. The other speakers are: Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (introduction) Will Steffen, chair [...]

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  • COP19: A push for pro-poor low carbon development

    Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager All too often discussions about low carbon technologies range around the interests of high and middle income countries, but fail to factor in the needs of Least Developed Countries (LDCs). But there are compelling reasons why a broader definition of technology can help low carbon, pro-poor pathways to sustainability [...]

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  • Investing in Food security? Philanthrocapitalism, biotechnology and development

    Sally Brooks, University of York This paper traces the evolution of philanthropic involvement in developing country agriculture from the ‘scientific philanthropy’ of the Rockefeller Foundation during and after the Green Revolution era to the ‘philathrocapitalism’ of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, by examining two cases of ‘pro-poor’ agricultural biotechnology research: pro-Vitamin A-enriched ‘Golden Rice’ [...]

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  • World Social Science Report 2013: Navigating pathways in the safe and just space for humanity

    A framework for negotiating pathways to a safe and just sustainable future for people and planet is presented by Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director, in a new article for the World Social Science Report 2013, launched today. Prof. Leach and her co-authors Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and economist Kate Raworth, combine [...]

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  • Living on the edge: Rethinking aid amidst complexity

    By Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director These days, a remarkably short and convenient flight takes one from Sussex UK -  where among other STEPS Centre activities this week I’ve been contributing to the post-2015 global sustainable development goals process and the international Future Earth Science Committee  – and Sierra Leone. Here, I’m on my way [...]

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  • New articles: Access to Water in peri-urban India

    A new article examining the increasing inequalities around water provision in Delhi by STEPS Centre partner Alankar is published this week. Socio-Spatial Situatedness and Access to Water (Economic & Political Weekly, October 12, 2013 vol xlviiI 54 no 41), looks at the social and political biases around large state-managed and institutionalised water provision in the city and the increasing gap [...]

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