Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre
The 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 natural and social scientists work together across: agriculture and food; energy and climate change; health and disease and water and sanitation.
Our research addresses two vital global challenges: linking environmental sustainability with better livelihoods and health for poor people; and helping science and technology work for poverty reduction and social justice.
Rapid environmental and social changes – such as climate change, population explosion, urbanisation and globalised economics – are making the core development challenges of alleviating poverty and inequity increasingly complex.
The STEPS Centre is developing a new ‘pathways approach’ to understanding and action on sustainability and development, providing both new thinking and practical solutions. Our work looks at how pathways to sustainability – linking environmental integrity with social justice – can be built in today’s complex, dynamic world.
For instance, how might African farmers meet their needs in the context of climate change? How can we understand and address emergent epidemic diseases? And how might poor people access water in the expanding fringes of Asia’s megacities?
The STEPS Centre launched in 2006 and is based at the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex in the UK.
The Centre is run by director Professor Melissa Leach with co-directors Professor Ian Scoones and Professor Andy Stirling. We are overseen by an International Advisory Committee of globally renowned academics, policymakers, business and media professionals.
Find out more
- Website: www.steps-centre.org
- Our people
- Our research
- Our publications
- Follow us on Twitter: @stepscentre
- Blog: Read our blog
- Video: STEPS Centre YouTube Channel
Julia Day, Communications Manager, STEPS Centre
T: +44 (0)1273 915671
M: 07974 209148
- Adrian Ely
- Adrian Smith
- Andy Stirling
- Erik Millstone
- Fiona Marshall
- Paul Nightingale
- Sigrid Stagl
- Project Dates:
- October 2006 - Ongoing
- Project Status:
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Research Themes / Programmes:
Land reform and rights
Livestock and pastoralism
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Post 2015 Agenda
Politics and Power
Water and Sanitation
Water Justice Programme