The ESRC STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. Our cross-cutting work covers agriculture & food; energy & climate change; health & disease and water & sanitation.
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  • Transformations to Sustainability 

    Scoones, Ian; Stirling, Andy; Abrol, Dinesh; Atela, Joanes; Charli-Joseph, Lakshmi; Eakin, Hallie; Ely, Adrian; Olsson, Per; Pereira, Laura; Priya, Ritu; van Zwanenberg, Patrick; Yang, Lichao (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2018-09-12)
    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlight how transformations to sustainable economies and societies are a major global challenge. This Working Paper offers a brief overview of different conceptual approaches to ...
  • India’s Peri-Urban Frontier: Rural-Urban Transformations And Food Security 

    Marshall, Fiona; Randhawa, Pritpal (International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), 2017-03-01)
    In India, peri-urban areas are too often neglected. Many people live in poverty and face increasing marginalisation and food insecurity. Yet peri-urban agriculture could be a major contributor to poverty alleviation and ...
  • Making the Most of Peri-Urban Ecosystem Services 

    Marshall, Fiona; Oxley, Nathan; Dolley, Jonathan (Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), 2018-02)
    Ecosystem services are vital for peri-urban and urbanising areas, and the people who live within them. In contexts of rapid urbanisation, these services are under threat from redevelopment, pollution and overconsumption, ...
  • Why Peri-Urban Ecosystem Services Matter For Urban Policy 

    Marshall, Fiona (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA).Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)., 2017-01-13)
    This briefing draws on recent research to show how people benefit from ecoystems in and around cities, and how these benefits can be integrated into urban planning and policy. There is a growing international consensus ...
  • Grassroots Innovation Movements 

    Smith, Adrian; Fressoli, Mariano; Abrol, Dinesh; Arond, Elisa; Ely, Adrian (Routledge, 2016-08-15)
    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, ...
  • One Health: Science, Politics And Zoonotic Disease In Africa 

    Bardosh, Kevin (Routledge, 2016-02-11)
    Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors given the complex socio-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of risk ...
  • Cultivating Sustainable Developments in Makerspaces 

    Smith, Adrian; Light, Ann (Liinc em Revista, 2017-05-01)
    In October 2015, we convened a workshop for 80 researchers and practitioners involved in makerspaces in Europe. Our aim was to explore how makerspaces can help cultivate sustainable developments. This paper reports workshop ...
  • Regulating Genetic Engineering: The Limits And Politics Of Knowledge 

    Stirling, Andy; Glover, Dominic; Millstone, Erik (Issues in Science and Technology, 2015-07-13)
    Charges against critics of genetic engineering (GE) often take four general forms. But all of them, we argue, are unsupported by facts. First, scientific and policy debates are not, as claimed, polarized in black and ...
  • Linking Well-Being with Cultural Revitalization for Greater Cognitive Justice in Conservation: Lessons from Venezuela in Canaima National Park 

    Rodriguez, Iokine (The Resilience Alliance, 2017-06-01)
    Across the globe, conservation policies have often suppressed nonscientific forms of knowledge and ways of knowing nature, along with the social practices of the groups that are informed by such knowledge. Reversing this ...
  • Low Carbon China: Emerging Phenomena and Implications for Innovation Governance: Introduction to the Special Section of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 

    Ely, Adrian; Geall, Sam; Dai, Yixin (Elsevier B.V., 2018-05)
    This special section of ‘Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions’ investigates emerging phenomena associated with low carbon transitions in contemporary China. It looks at supply and demand side dynamics, the ...
  • Agronomy for Development: The Politics Of Knowledge in Agricultural Research 

    Sumberg, James (Routledge, 2017-06-15)
    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 ...
  • Free-Book: Pathways To Sustainable Agriculture 

    Scoones, Ian (Routledge, 2017-05-05)
    This is a Free-Book available from the publisher to download. It draws on four books which address three themes central to understanding how pathways emerge in agriculture, and how sustainability, is or indeed is not, ...
  • Free-Book: Pathways To Health And Sustainability 

    Scoones, Ian; Dry, Sarah; Leach, Melissa; Forster, Paul; Wilkinson, Annie; Bloom, Gerald; Lucas, Henry; Bardosh, Kevin; Kanjilal, Barun; Peters, David H.; Standing, Hilary (Routledge, 2018-04-01)
    This is a Free Book available to download from the publisher. This new collection draws on four books in the series, together addressing three themes central to understanding how pathways to sustainability emerge in response ...
  • Sustainable Energy for All: Innovation, Technology and Pro-Poor Green Transformations 

    Ockwell, David; Byrne, Rob (Routledge, 2017-02-02)
    Despite decades of effort and billions of dollars spent, two thirds of people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to electricity, a vital pre-cursor to economic development and poverty reduction. Ambitious international ...
  • Framing and Reframing Sustainable Bioenergy Pathways: The Case of Emilia Romagna 

    Ely, Adrian; Cavicchi, Bianca (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2016-10-01)
    This paper addresses the case of bioenergy development in Emilia Romagna, using and building on a ‘pathways to sustainability’ approach (Leach et al. 2010). It represents the first attempt to apply the ‘pathways’ approach ...
  • New Innovation Approaches to Support the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 

    Ely, Adrian; Fressoli, Mariano; Van Zwanenberg, Patrick (UNCTAD, 2017-05-10)
    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts forward a broad and ambitious agenda for global action on sustainable development. The scale and ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals require innovation in development ...
  • Karhera: A Photo Book 

    Bisht, Ramila; Bhonagiri, Aditi; Waldman, Linda; Oxley, Nathan; Marshall, Fiona; Priya Mehrotra, Ritu (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2016-09-01)
    This book tells the story of Karhera, a village between Delhi and Ghaziabad in India, through photographs, maps and words. It was produced as part of an ESPA-funded research project on ‘Risks and Responses to Urban Futures’. ...
  • Making the SDGs a Reality in LDCs: Action for Transformation 

    STEPS Centre; LDC Independent Experts Group (2016-07-15)
    In June 2016, the Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group, IIED, and the ESRC STEPS Centre hosted a dialogue for Least Developed Country (LDC) experts to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could ...
  • Solar PV and Solar Water Heaters in China: Different Pathways to Low Carbon Energy 

    Geall, Sam; Urban, Frauke; Wang, Yu (Elsevier B.V., 2016-10-18)
    This review paper examines pathways towards solar energy in China by examining two different solar energy technologies, namely solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heaters (SWH). The paper investigates these two case ...
  • Advancing Metrics: Models For Understanding Adaptive Capacity And Water Security 

    Manuel-Navarrete, David; Lemos, Maria Carmen; Willems, Bram Leo; Diaz Caravantes, Rolando; Varady, Robert G. (Elsevier B.V., 2016-09-01)
    We explore the relationship between water security (WS) and adaptive capacity (AC); the two concepts are connected because achieving the first may be dependent on building the second. We focus on how metrics of WS and AC ...

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