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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Social, Technological, and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre invites applications for its 2018 Summer School, which will take place from 14-25 May 2018.

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place at the Institute of Development Studies on the Sussex University campus, near Brighton, UK. Kate Raworth, author of the bestseller Doughnut Economics, will give this year’s Annual Lecture as part of the Summer School.

The ESRC STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. The STEPS Centre launched in 2006 and is based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK. In 2015, STEPS launched a Global Consortium with hubs in Africa, Latin America, North America, South Asia, China and Europe.

The deadline for applications is 28 January 2018 at 17.00 GMT. There is a fee to attend, but scholarships are available.


For further details on this event, please see the course website here.

Monday, 14 May, 2018 - 21:00 to Friday, 25 May, 2018 - 17:00
Event location: 
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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