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Sustainability

Our interdisciplinary research explores how pathways to sustainability, green transformations and equitable access to resources such as land, water and food can be achieved and help us meet the environmental as well as human development-related goals of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Our work builds on a long tradition of critical social science engagement with environmental issues and resource politics in collaboration with partners globally. It explores how pathways to sustainability are shaped by political-economic and social processes, and understands how they are driven by technology, markets, states and citizens.  Our research sheds new light on how we can achieve green transformations that move us from fossil fuel to renewable energy, from throw-away to circular economies. It addresses the politics of sustainability, and understands how transformations occur at local levels as well as global, in both rural and urban settings, and be led by citizens as well as national governments. In doing so, it shines a light on how sustainable resource use, consumption and production is shaped by issues such as gender, livelihoods and politics.

People

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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

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Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

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Amber Huff

Research Fellow

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Jeremy Allouche

Research Fellow

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Lars Otto Naess

Research Fellow

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Wei Shen

Research Fellow

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Shilpi Srivastava

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres

Projects

Project

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year, DFID-funded research programme that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of children’s harmful work in African agriculture; ...

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Journal Article

Drought Diagnosis. Dryland Blindness of Planners

State-sponsored interventions in Kutch have not only failed to mitigate water scarcity but have exacerbated problems in some areas. This is largely due to the dryland blindness of planners who have applied solutions from the rest of Gujarat to Kutch instead of designing strategies suited to the...

1 January 2000

Report

Diversification of Livelihoods: Evidence From Mali and Ethiopia

This paper describes and compares the strategies for diversification of activities and livelihoods being pursued in Mali and Ethiopia and addresses the role of Livelihood Diversification as one of several strategies pursued by rural people in these countries.

1 January 2000

Report

Analysing Policy for Sustainable Livelihoods

This report argues that it is possible to use the Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) approach as a starting point for bridging the gap between bottom-up livelihoods analysis and top-down policy analysis.

1 January 2000

Working Paper

Science, policy and national parks in Trinidad and Tobago

Since the 1960s there have been various moves to create a system of national parks in Trinidad, including several well-funded initiatives involving international support from the FAO, OAS and most recently a World Bank supported project. Despite many plans, legislation and implementation is...

1 January 2000

Report

Agricultural Intensification in Ethiopia and Mali

Agricultural intensification, in all its different forms, is one of the three major strategies adopted by households in order to attain a livelihood. This paper presents research findings on agricultural intensification from Ethiopia and Mali field research carried out under the Sustainable...

1 January 2000

Journal Article

Globalisation and the Governance of the Environment

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It is sometimes argued that the term 'globalisation' is misleading because it describes a trend which is largely confined to the relations between a small number of highly industrialised states and firms operating within East Asia, North America and Europe.

1 July 1999