This book series addresses core challenges around linking science and technology and environmental sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice. It is based on the work of the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, a major investment of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The STEPS Centre brings together researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex with a set of partner institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling - STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex
Editorial Advisory Board:
Steve Bass, Wiebe E. Bijker, Victor Galaz, Wenzel Geissler, Katherine Homewood, Sheila Jasanoff, Melissa Leach, Colin McInnes, Suman Sahai, Andrew Scott
Building Innovation Capabilities for Sustainable Industrialisation Renewable Electrification in Developing Economies
Grassroots Innovation Movements
Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in African Agriculture Narratives and knowledge politics
Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa
Transforming Health Markets in Asia and Africa Improving Quality and Access for the Poor
By Lyla Mehta, Hans Nicolai Adam, Shilpi Srivastava
December 23, 2021
This book brings together diverse perspectives concerning uncertainty and climate change in India. Uncertainty is a key factor shaping climate and environmental policy at international, national and local levels. Climate change and events such as cyclones, floods, droughts and changing rainfall ...
By Rasmus Lema, Margrethe Holm Andersen, Rebecca Hanlin, Charles Nzila
November 16, 2021
This book argues that renewable electrification in developing countries provides important opportunities for local economic development, but new pathways are required for turning these opportunities into successful reality. Building Innovation Capabilities for Sustainable Industrialisation offers ...
By Ian Scoones, Andy Stirling
July 15, 2020
Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? To explore the underlying reasons, issues and challenges, this book’s chapters address finance and banking, insurance, technology regulation and critical infrastructures, as well as climate change, infectious disease responses, natural disasters, ...
By James Sumberg
June 23, 2017
Over the last decade there has been renewed interest in food security and the state of the global food system. Population growth, climate change and food price spikes have combined to focus new attention on the technologies and institutions that underpin the production and consumption of food that ...
By Adrian Smith, Mariano Fressoli, Dinesh Abrol, Elisa Arond, Adrian Ely
August 25, 2016
Innovation is increasingly invoked by policy elites and business leaders as vital for tackling global challenges like sustainable development. Often overlooked, however, is the fact that networks of community groups, activists, and researchers have been innovating grassroots solutions for social ...
By Kevin Bardosh
February 25, 2016
Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors, given the complex social-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of risk caused by unprecedented global connectivity and rapid social and ...
By Stephen Whitfield
September 01, 2015
Future climatic and agro-ecological changes in Africa are uncertain and associated with high degrees of spatial and temporal variability and this change is differently simulated within divergent climate-crop models and in controlled crop breeding stations. Furthermore, uncertainty emerges in local ...
By Phil Macnaghten, Susana Carro-Ripalda
July 03, 2015
Although GM crops are seen by their advocates as a key component of the future of world agriculture and as part of the solution for world poverty and hunger, their uptake has not been smooth nor universal: they have been marred by controversy and all too commonly their regulation has been ...
By Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones
May 29, 2015
Amidst the pressing challenges of global climate change, the last decade has seen a wave of forest carbon projects across the world, designed to conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in order to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and offset emissions elsewhere. Exploring a set of new ...
By Patrick van Zwanenberg, Adrian Ely, Adrian Smith
April 05, 2011
Examining the regulation of technologies, this book explores how the drive to harmonize regulatory policies across the world is at odds with the increasingly diverse local settings in which they are implemented. The authors use a 'framings' approach that starts with the concerns and experiences of ...
By Gerald Bloom, Barun Kanjilal, Henry Lucas, David Peters
November 05, 2012
There has been a dramatic spread of health markets in much of Asia and Africa over the past couple of decades. This has substantially increased the availability of health-related goods and services in all but the most remote localities, but it has created problems with safety, efficiency and cost. ...
By James Sumberg, John Thompson
April 18, 2012
The dramatic increases in food prices experienced over the last four years, and their effects of hunger and food insecurity, as well as human-induced climate change and its implications for agriculture, food production and food security, are key topics within the field of agronomy and agricultural ...