About this site

This website provides learning materials developed by the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre for self-study and classroom teaching.

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The STEPS Centre’s work focuses on the politics of sustainability, the perspectives of poor and marginalised people, and the role of technology and innovation. These resources explore different theories and ideas about sustainability, examples and cases from field research in countries around the world, and the range of methodologies that people can use to seek more sustainable futures.

About the resources

The first course on the website is on Pathways to Sustainability. It is based on the annual Summer Schools run since 2012 at the University of Sussex. The course includes video lectures, reading lists and suggested questions to guide study.

There is also a guide to linking research & activism, which was produced with participants at the 2016 Summer School.

More courses and guides will be added in due course when they become available.


The 'Resource Politics' illustration on the front page and at the top of the Pathways to Sustainability course is by Raquel Durán.

Who is behind this website?

This website is produced by the ESRC STEPS Centre, a research centre hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. It has been funded since 2007 by the Economic and Social Research Council.

In 2015 the STEPS Centre formed the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium with institutions in 6 ‘hubs’ in Europe, North/Central America, Latin America, Africa, South Asia and China.  

Last modified: Thursday, 29 June 2017, 2:58 PM