Recent Submissions

  • Transforming Access to Clean Technology: Learning From Lighting Africa 

    Ockwell, David; Byrne, Rob; Chengo, Victoria; Onsongo, Elsie; Fodio Todd, Jacob; Atela, Joanes (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2019)
    UK AID has recently invested in a new £39.8 million programme that aims to transform access to modern energy cooking services, or MECS, in Africa and Asia. In this working paper we demonstrate how reframing our understanding ...
  • Smart as Democratically Transformative? An Analysis of ‘Smart City’ Sociotechnical Imaginary in India 

    Ghosh, Bipashyee; Arora, Saurabh (ESRC Steps Centre, 2019)
    ‘Smart cities’ as sociotechnical imaginaries have been enthusiastically embraced by urban planners and policymakers around the world. In 2014, the government of India launched its Smart Cities Mission ostensibly to create ...
  • Crises in Variegated Capitalism, Co-produced, Hydro-Social Impacts 

    Büscher, Chris (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2019-08-12)
    My PhD fieldwork on Dutch aid in the Mozambican waterscape took me from one crisis-ridden research context, the Netherlands, to another, Mozambique. This working paper asks how seemingly unrelated crises in both countries ...
  • Unpacking Uncertainty and Climate Change From ‘Above’ and ‘Below’ 

    Mehta, Lyla; Adam, Hans Nicolai; Srivastava, Shilpi (Springer, 2019-07-13)
    Uncertainty is a key factor shaping climate and environmental policy at international, national and sub-national levels. It is usually defined as a situation characterised by indeterminacies and refers to what we cannot ...
  • ‘Good Governance’ as Conflict Resolution? Locally Mediated Governance and Mining Law at the Côte d’Ivoire Ity Gold Mine 

    Amédée Soumahoro, Kando; Allouche, Jeremy; Tchan Bi Bouhi, Sylvestre (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2019-07-01)
    This paper examines the exploitation and management of gold mining in the western region of Côte d’Ivoire and the associated local social tensions and conflicts. Taking a historical sociological analysis, the paper shows ...
  • Destabilisation of Sustainable Energy Transformations: Analysing Natural Gas Lock-in in the case of Germany 

    Fitzgerald, Louise Michelle; Braunger, Isabell; Brauers, Hanna (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2019)
    In recent years, natural gas has seen increased support in the context of climate change mitigation. Described as a ‘bridge fuel’ it is seen as aiding in the low-carbon energy transformation process. This is puzzling, given ...
  • What is Uncertainty and Why Does it Matter? 

    Scoones, Ian (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2019)
    Uncertainty defines our times. Whether it is in relation to climate change, disease outbreaks, financial volatility, natural disasters or political settlements, every media headline seems to assert that things are uncertain, ...
  • Can Pay-As-You-Go, Digitally Enabled Business Models Support Sustainability Transformations in Developing Countries? Outstanding Questions and a Theoretical Basis for Future Research 

    Ockwell, David; Atela, Joanes; Mbeva, Kennedy; Chengo, Victoria; Byrne, Rob; Durrant, Rachael; Kasprowicz, Victoria; Ely, Adrian (MDPI, 2019-03-26)
    This paper examines the rapidly emerging and rapidly changing phenomenon of pay-as-you-go (PAYG), digitally enabled business models, which have had significant early success in providing poor people with access to ...
  • The Knowledge Nexus and Transdisciplinarity 

    Allouche, Jeremy; Middleton, Carl; Gyawali, Dipak (Routledge, 2019-04-24)
    Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of various movements concentrating on interconnections among nature, society and technology – and the disciplines that deal with them – whether under the broad title of ...
  • Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy 

    Schröder, Patrick; Anantharaman, Manisha; Anggraeni, Kartika; Foxon, Timothy; Barber, Jeffrey (Routledge, 2019-04-25)
    In this book we address three separate yet overlapping thematic concepts and domains of knowledge, practice and discourse: sustainable lifestyles, livelihoods and the circular economy. Each of these concepts offer ...
  • T-Labs: A Practical Guide 

    Pathways Network (ESRC STEPS Centre, 2018-09-28)
    Between 2016 and 2018, the Pathways Network aimed to investigate new approaches for transformations to sustainability across different disciplines, cultures and contexts. The network carried out comparative research in six ...
  • 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 ...

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