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- Provisional programme STEPS-JNU Symposium 2014 Programme (PDF 83kb)
Session 1: Pathways to environmental health / urban transitions
There are recognised tensions between urban and industrial development and environmental
protection, but limited understanding of how emerging environmental challenges
associated with rapid economic development, and the responses to them on the
ground, impact on human well-being. This session draws on STEPS Centre work in India.
Session 2: Uncertainty from Below
Ecological uncertainty has usually been theorized from 'above' by experts. But the theories and models concerning uncertainty from "above" may have little to do with the way how everyday men and women (poor or rich, urban or rural especially in the global South) live with, understand and cope with uncertainty in their daily lives. This panel draws on ongoing STEPS Centre research in the Sunderbans, Kutch and urban India.
Session 4: Grassroots Innovation
A radical new approach to innovation is urged by STEPS, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Tellus Institute in this paper, published as a contribution to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. We argue that Sustainable Development Goals that keep human societies within a 'safe operating space' of planetary boundaries requires far greater recognition and power for grassroots actors and processes, involving them within an inclusive, multi-scale innovation politics.
Session 5: Securitisation
The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus is emerging globally as a research agenda and governance framework for understanding the relationship between water resources development and the energy and food sectors. This session will discuss case studies from Nepal-India and Thailand-Laos, countries that each share transboundary rivers (Mekong, Ganga) and that are increasingly tied together by jointly developed water resource development projects and cross-border power trade.
- Chapter: Pathways to Sustainability: Building Political Strategies by Melissa Leach. State of the World report 2013
- Book series: Pathways to Sustainability
- Video: Melissa Leach on the pathways approach
- Paper: Innovation politics post-Rio+20: hybrid pathways to sustainability? Adrian Ely, Adrian Smith, Andy Stirling, Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones Environment and Planning C, 2013
- STEPS Centre 2013 Annual Symposium Credibility across cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice'