Welcome to this online course on the STEPS Pathways Approach.
The ESRC STEPS Centre represents a global consortium of partners from the Global North and South that carry out interdisciplinary research and policy engagement on pathways to sustainability. Our work looks at how pathways to sustainability – linking environmental integrity with social justice – can be built in today’s complex, dynamic world.
Through this online course you will be guided through a combination of readings and video lectures that introduce you to the STEPS Pathways Approach (the STEPS Centre’s flagship theoretical approach to sustainability research and policy making), as well as conceptual and methodological resources for applying the Pathways Approach in research, policy and practice.
Watch a short introduction to the course from the STEPS Centre’s Director, Professor Ian Scoones.
is welcome to take this course, regardless of background.
The course builds on the more
detailed and extensive STEPS Summer School
run annually by the STEPS Centre at the University Sussex. Participants
in the Summer School are required to either be enrolled on a PhD or
have recently completed a doctorate.
However, we hope that the resources here
will be equally accessible to undergraduate and Masters level students,
as well as informed professionals.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Note: Each individual part has its own learning outcomes. Participants should use these for guidance on how they are progressing against the aims of each part and the course as a whole.
This course consists of six parts, with sections (e.g. 1.1, 1.2) in each part. You can browse around them using the navigation menu that appears to the left of each page (see picture on right).
Each part is structured as follows:
Go straight to part 1: Introduction to the Pathways Approach