The ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre carries out interdisciplinary global research uniting development studies with science and technology studies to reduce poverty and bring about social justice.
The STEPS Centre is hosted in the UK by the Institute of Development Studies and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Its main funding is from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
STEPS works as part of a Global Consortium with hubs in Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, North America and South Asia.
The centre aims to:
- Address global challenges through interdisciplinary research projects which bring together development studies and science and technology studies
- Develop a theoretical pathways approach to understanding interactions between social, technological and environmental dynamics in diverse local conditions
- Link new theories with practical solutions by devising a suite of tools and methods to create more sustainable, socially just and favourable conditions for the poor
- Influence policy and generate new debate by engaging with diverse local and global audiences to help make change happen
- Train a new generation of junior researchers, Masters’ students, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in the STEPS Centre’s concepts, methods and approaches.