Case Study Material: Kenya

GoST stakeholder workshop in Nairobi: Imagining transformations to sustainability in energy, agriculture and cities, October 2019

A. Stirling presenting in Nairobi. © ACTS

What drives transformations to sustainability? Some reflections from recent discussions in Nairobi

 by Andy Stirling, Nov 2019

What is ‘social transformation’? Under what conditions might it be ‘good’ … or ‘bad’? What might be the added value of – and the implications for – sustainability? According to whose imaginations (and resulting analysis) should such queries be settled? And what might the answers mean in practice? In October 2019, the Africa Sustainability Hub at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi organised an unusually lively, thought-provoking and inspiring event tackling exactly these thorny questions. This first in a three-part series of blogposts reflects on some issues raised.

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Workshop in Nairobi. © ACTS

Alternative imaginings of transformation: opening emancipatory spaces for sustainability politics

by Andy Stirling, Nov 2019

This is the second in a three-part series of blogposts reflecting on discussions at a great workshop in October 2019, convened in Nairobi by the Africa Sustainability Hub of the African Centre for Technology Studies. Drawing on work undertaken in the wider ‘Governance of Socio-technical Transformations’ (GOST) project, one key idea that helped frame and motivate these discussions was the notion of the ‘socio-technical imaginary’.

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Meeting in Nairobi. © ACTS

Sustainability, transformation and power: rebalancing expertise with democratic struggle

by Andy Stirling, Nov 2019

In ways that are explored in the first and second blogpost in this three-part series, the recent workshop organised by the Africa Sustainability Hub (ASH) on the ‘governance of transformations to sustainability’, embodied in the spirit of its own discussions, some of the key driving values of sustainability itself: solidarity, ambition and hope.

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