Free online course on Pathways to Sustainability launched

Published on 21 June 2017

The ESRC STEPS Centre has launched a new online learning website for self-study and use in teaching.

The STEPS Learning site features:

  • An online course on Pathways to Sustainability, with video lectures, reading lists and questions on theories, methodologies and practical examples informed by a decade of the STEPS Centre’s work linking research and action on sustainability
  • A guide to Research & Activism with reflections, literature and networks related to the links between research and movements for social change. The online course and guide are fully open access, so users of the website can study at their own pace.

They are also designed to be used as a teaching aid in courses related to sustainability, international development and science and technology policy.

Pathways to Sustainability course

The course builds on the popular STEPS Summer School run since 2012 at the University of Sussex. It includes modules on the STEPS Pathways Approach; uncertainty and incomplete knowledge; policy processes; technology & innovation including grassroots innovation; the politics of planetary boundaries and the Anthropocene; resource politics; and methods & methodologies.

The lectures and reading lists include practical examples and case studies from STEPS work in South Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, as well as different perspectives and ideas on how sustainability is understood. There is a strong focus on linking research and action in a fast-changing and complex world.

Creating a new generation of sustainability professionals

The latest in our series of impact stories ‘Navigating a tangled web: how STEPS helped to build a community of new sustainability professionals‘ shows how, since its launch in 2006, STEPS has worked in various ways to connect research, action and training to foster the new skills and alliances needed to address the challenges of sustainability.

Browse the STEPS Learning site

Visit STEPS Learning to view the course and more materials on linking research and action for sustainability.

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