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Pathways to Sustainability: Pathways to Sustainability Series


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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.

Series Editors:

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

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Water for Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice

Water for Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice

1st Edition

Lyla Mehta, Theib Oweis, Claudia Ringler, Barbara Schreiner, Shiney Varghese
October 03, 2019

This book is the first comprehensive effort to bring together Water, Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) in a way that goes beyond the traditional focus on irrigated agriculture. Apart from looking at the role of water and sanitation for human well-being, it proposes alternative and more locally...

The Circular Economy and the Global South: Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Industrial Development

The Circular Economy and the Global South: Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Industrial Development

1st Edition

Patrick Schröder, Manisha Anantharaman, Kartika Anggraeni, Timothy J. Foxon
April 29, 2019

The circular economy is a policy approach and business strategy that aims to improve resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production and reduce environmental impacts. This book examines the relevance of the circular economy in the context of developing countries, something...

The Water–Food–Energy Nexus: Power, Politics, and Justice

The Water–Food–Energy Nexus: Power, Politics, and Justice

1st Edition

Jeremy Allouche, Carl Middleton, Dipak Gyawali
April 17, 2019

The world of development thinkers and practitioners is abuzz with a new lexicon: the idea of "the nexus" between water, food, and energy which is intuitively compelling. It promises better integration of multiple sectoral elements, a better transition to greener economies, and sustainable...

Agronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research

Agronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research

1st Edition

James Sumberg
June 15, 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...

Grassroots Innovation Movements

Grassroots Innovation Movements

1st Edition

Adrian Smith, Mariano Fressoli, Dinesh Abrol, Elisa Arond, Adrian Ely
August 04, 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...

Sustainable Energy for All: Innovation, technology and pro-poor green transformations

Sustainable Energy for All: Innovation, technology and pro-poor green transformations

1st Edition

David Ockwell, Rob Byrne
August 02, 2016

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 policy commitments seek to address this, but scholarship has failed to keep...

One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa

One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa

1st Edition

Kevin Bardosh
February 11, 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...

Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in African Agriculture: Narratives and knowledge politics

Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in African Agriculture: Narratives and knowledge politics

1st Edition

Stephen Whitfield
September 08, 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...

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

1st Edition

Melissa Leach
August 10, 2015

For pathways to be truly sustainable and advance gender equality and the rights and capabilities of women and girls, those whose lives and well-being are at stake must be involved in leading the way. Gender Equality and Sustainable Development calls for policies, investments and initiatives in...

Governing Agricultural Sustainability: Global lessons from GM crops

Governing Agricultural Sustainability: Global lessons from GM crops

1st Edition

Phil Macnaghten, Susana Carro-Ripalda
July 09, 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...

Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa

Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa

1st Edition

Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones
June 02, 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...

The Politics of Green Transformations

The Politics of Green Transformations

1st Edition

Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach, Peter Newell
January 20, 2015

Multiple ‘green transformations’ are required if humanity is to live sustainably on planet Earth. Recalling past transformations, this book examines what makes the current challenge different, and especially urgent. It examines how green transformations must take place in the context of the...

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