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ate change; it is hard to see where science and technology will not be a major component for poverty reduction programmes.

James Wilsdon, head of science and innovation at think tank Demos, speaking at the launch, said STEPS fills a vital gap: The global landscape for science, technology and innovation is changing at an astonishing pace.

But while the frameworks we use for analysing these changes are good at asking how much" and how fast" they are useless at asking questions about direction the diversity of outcomes to which all of this activity and investment could lead.

So the STEPS Centre will fill a vital gap: it will be a place where these questions can be asked and answered. Im excited by the Centres vision, and I hope it will shake up established thinking about the relationship between science, technology, poverty and sustainability.

STEPS will partner Demos in the second phase of the Atlas of Ideas project, which is mapping changes in the global geography of science and innovation.

Andrew Scott, policy director at charity Practical Action, also speaking at the launch, said: The STEPS centre will help us understand how we can make technology development work in the interests of people living in poverty, rather than pander to the wants of the affluent.


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