STEPS Summer School 2017

All the excitement and debate from our international summer school on Pathways to Sustainability, held at IDS and the University of Sussex in May 2017. More info:


  1. In May 2017 we welcomed 45 students from 23 countries to the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, for the annual STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability. This is always a highlight of the STEPS year, and this year was no exception. Through a mix of lectures, discussions, walks and a unique 'conference' devised by the participants themselves, STEPS Centre members engage with a varied group of researchers interested in how to analyse, appreciate and mobilise for sustainability.
  2. Day 1 included an introduction to the STEPS Centre by STEPS co-director Andy Stirling, a 'Rivers of Life' exercise where participants explored their personal stories and backgrounds, and an overview of the Pathways Approach by STEPS director Ian Scoones.
  3. STEPS Director Ian Scoones gave an introduction to the Pathways Approach, the core of STEPS thinking.

  4. On Monday evening, the incoming head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner, gave a public lecture at Sussex on green economy and sustainable development.