Ian Scoones
Ian Scoones is co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre, a professorial fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, and joint coordinator of the Future Agricultures Consortium. He originally trained as an ecologist but has since worked on institutional and policy issues surrounding agricultural and environmental change, particularly in Africa.

Entries by Ian Scoones

In 2016, Could the World's Poorest Countries Redefine 'Development' for Everyone?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (10:22)

When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed last September, there was much expectation about how they could help get sustainability back on the development agenda, and push the international community to develop new approaches to development.

A declaration, covering both north and south, sought to identify a...

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Will the Sustainable Development Goals Make a Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 September 2015 | (14:09)

Protest sign - there is no Planet B

This week, heads of state assemble in New York to launch the Sustainable Development Goals. The agreed text lays out 17 goals and 169 targets. It is an ambitious agenda for all...

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Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (11:20)


As the horrific Ebola crisis unfolds across West Africa, and the international community belatedly responds, there are some bigger questions that arise beyond the immediate challenges on the ground. These are worth raising and discussing, as they challenge...

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Pandemic Flu Controversies: What Have We Learned?

(1) Comments | Posted 24 January 2013 | (10:23)

There's something slightly odd about the way in which pandemic flu preparations have unfolded in recent years. On the face of it, there appears to be a compelling and reasonable case for undertaking pandemic preparedness efforts. We know that pandemics are recurring events, with three registering in the past century...

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The 'Geeks' Fight Back: Challenges for Science and Democracy

(13) Comments | Posted 31 May 2012 | (21:08)

A mood of scientific self-righteousness has broken out in the UK. The 'geeks' - professional scientists committed to evidence-based policy - are on the march. What has brought this on? Two things seem to have combined. First a protest and second a manifesto. Both have important implications for the debate...

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