The STEPS Centre


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This presentation was given by Julia Day at a research communications capacity building workshop at the Institute of Development Studies in April 2008.

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The STEPS Centre

  1. 1. The ESRC STEPS Centre S ocial T echnological and E nvironmental P athways to S ustainability
  2. 2. Global challenges in a dynamic world….
  3. 3. STEPS challenges <ul><li>Linking environmental sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice </li></ul><ul><li>Making science and technology work for the poor </li></ul>STEPS areas <ul><li>Health / disease </li></ul><ul><li>Water / sanitation </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture / food </li></ul><ul><li>Our projects work across these themes… </li></ul>
  4. 4. STEPS projects <ul><li>Crop disease and innovation in Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Urbanisation in Asia, Delhi </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking regulation – seeds and drug regulation in China and Argentina </li></ul><ul><li>Risk, Uncertainty & technology in India </li></ul><ul><li>Epidemics – HIV-AIDS, SARS, Avian flu </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS working with our affiliated projects , including </li></ul><ul><li>Realising Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Future Health Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Future Agriculture Consortium and more </li></ul>
  5. 5. research | communication | influence communication at the heart of STEPS - integrated into research interactive; multimedia; participatory; accessible, local and global; cost-effective; appropriate influence | engage | accountable Research communications is not just disseminating findings, but about influencing and therefore accountability and engagement … throughout the research project An ESRC Research Centre
  6. 6. Aims of STEPS Communications To create a new approach and agenda for addressing links between environment, science and technology, and development through research To create and encourage debate and collaboration To inform and influence policy and thinking among target audiences (partners, research community, government , regulators, civil and private sector, grassroots activists, practitioners, donors, media, public) To make our research relevant, timely and engaged …. on local, regional, national & international levels An ESRC Research Centre
  7. 7. The story so far... Phase 1 – what is STEPS? Establishing STEPS, who we are and what we want to do Website, blog, branding, Working Papers, briefings, launch, media coverage, events, seminar series, beginning to establish networks , partners and affiliates And now… Phase 2 – Working with our partners Integrating communications into projects Connecting with project partners on communications Link communications across STEPS projects and into the overall STEPS communications strategy Link into wider debates… To create something greater than a sum of its parts
  8. 8. Working with our partners Like our research, our communications should not be a top-down flow from Sussex to the world. Our project communications should flow into, out of and across partner institutions in a participatory way. Communications/engagement : Share knowledge and expertise Share communications tools and resources Link into partner expertise Link into partner communications personnel & activity Link into partner contacts and networks , locally, regionally and globally Jointly develop communications strategy and ideas Jointly work on events