STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (STEPS)

The STEPS Centre is a new interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. STEPS aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development.

By acknowledging the interactions between social, technological and environmental factors in diverse local settings the Centre aims to create more sustainable, socially just and favourable conditions for the poor.

Uniting development studies with science and technology studies, it seek to address two vital global challenges:

  • how to link environmental sustainability with better livelihoods and health for poor people
  • how to make science and technology work to reduce poverty and increase social justice.

Based at the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research in the UK, the STEPS Centre works with partners in China, India, Kenya and Argentina.

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