Past Event

STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 2018

From 14 May 2018 9:00 until 25 May 2018 17:00

Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RE, UK,

The ESRC STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2018 Summer School, which will take place from 14-25 May 2018.

This is the STEPS Summer School image. Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.   Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place at the Institute of Development Studies on the Sussex University campus, near Brighton, UK.

Kate Raworth, author of the bestseller Doughnut Economics, will give this year’s Annual Lecture as part of the Summer School.


The deadline for applications is 28 January 2018 at 17.00 GMT. There is a fee to attend, but scholarships are available. For details of how to apply, financial support, programme information, and materials from last year’s event, visit the STEPS website:

Apply for the STEPS Summer School

Watch video about the Summer School 

Watch our film with IDS director Melissa Leach and STEPS co-director Andy Stirling talking what the Summer School is about, why we do it and what to expect.


Watch participants talk about their experiences of the Summer School.


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. The STEPS Centre launched in 2006 and is based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK. In 2015, STEPS launched a Global Consortium with hubs in Africa, Latin America, North America, South Asia, China and Europe.

Key contacts

Nathan Oxley

Impact Communications and Engagement Officer

+44 (0)1273 915826


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