Selected publications


Ockwell, David, Atela, Joanes, Mbeva, Kenedy, Chengo, Victoria, Byrne, Rob, Durrant, Rachael, Kasprowikz, Victoria and Ely, Adrian (2019) Can Pay-As-You-Go, digitally enabled business models support sustainability transformations in developing countries? Outstanding questions and a theoretical basis for future research. Sustainability, 11 (7). 2105 1-21. ISSN 2071-1050

Geall, Sam and Ely, Adrian (2019) Agri-food transitions and the “green public sphere” in China. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 30. pp. 33-42. ISSN 2210-4224

Ely, Adrian, Geall, Sam and Dai, Yixin (2019) [Editorial] Low carbon China: emerging phenomena and implications for innovation governance - introduction to the special section of environmental innovation and societal transitions. Journal of Environmental Innovation & Societal Transitions, 30. pp. 1-5. ISSN 2210-4224

Sandom, Christopher J, Dempsey, Benedict, Bullock, David, Ely, Adrian, Jepson, Paul, Jimenez-Wisler, Stefan, Newton, Adrian, Pettorelli, Nathalie and Senior, Rebecca A (2019) Rewilding in the English uplands: policy and practice. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56 (2). pp. 266-273. ISSN 0021-8901

Geall, Sam and Ely, Adrian (2018) Narratives and pathways towards an ecological civilisation in contemporary China. China Quarterly, 236. pp. 1175-1196. ISSN 0305-7410

Gollwitzer, Laurenz, Ockwell, David, Muok, Ben, Ely, Adrian and Ahlborg, Helene (2018) Rethinking the sustainability and institutional governance of electricity access and mini-grids: electricity as a common pool resource. Energy Research & Social Science, 39. pp. 152-161. ISSN 2214-6296

Ely, Adrian (2018) Experiential learning in “Innovation for Sustainability”: an evaluation of teaching and learning activities (TLAs) in an international masters course. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 19 (7). pp. 1204-1219. ISSN 1467-6370

Ely, Adrian and Marin, Anabel (2017) Learning about ‘engaged excellence’ across a transformative knowledge network. IDS Bulletin, 47 (6). ISSN 0265-5012

Marin, Anabel, Ely, Adrian and Van Zwanenberg, Patrick (2016) Co-design with aligned and non-aligned knowledge partners: implications for research and coproduction of sustainable food systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 20. pp. 93-98. ISSN 1877-3435

Ely, Adrian, Geall, Sam and Song, Yiching (2016) Sustainable maize production and consumption in China: practices and politics in transition. Journal of Cleaner Production, 134 (Part A). pp. 259-268. ISSN 0959-6526

Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret, Chekar, Choon, Faulkner, Alex, Heitmeyer, Carolyn, Marouda, Marina, Rosemann, Achim, Chaisinthop, Nattaka, Chang, Hung-Chieh, Ely, Adrian, Kato, Masae, Patra, Prasanna K, Su, Yeyang, Sui, Suli, Suzuki, Wakana and Zhang, Xinqing (2016) Comparing national home-keeping and the regulation of translational stem cell applications: an international perspective. Social Science and Medicine, 153. pp. 240-249. ISSN 0277-9536

Tyfield, David, Ely, Adrian and Geall, Sam (2015) Low carbon innovation in China: from overlooked opportunities and challenges to transitions in power relations and practices. Sustainable Development, 23 (4). pp. 206-216. ISSN 0968-0802

Ely, Adrian, van Zwanenberg, Patrick and Stirling, Andrew (2015) Experiments in technology assessment for international development: what are the lessons for institutionalisation? Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis, 24 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 1619-7623

Ely, Adrian, van Zwanenberg, Patrick and Stirling, Andrew (2015) Broadening out and opening up technology assessment: new approaches to enhance international development, co-ordination and democratisation (translation into Mandarin). Technology Foresight and Assessment, 1 (2). pp. 1-30.

Ely, Adrian (2014) GM Nation or GM Planet? How to involve citizens in decisions about transgenic crops. STEPS Centre Blog.

Ely, Adrian (2014) Power and economies of scale are colour-blind. Green Economy Coalition [weblog article, June 2014].

Ely, Adrian, van Zwanenberg, Patrick and Stirling, Andrew (2014) Broadening out and opening up technology assessment: approaches to enhance international development, co-ordination and democratisation. Research Policy, 43 (3). pp. 505-518. ISSN 0048-7333

Ely, Adrian (2014) More than just a "clean energy race"? BRICS investment and innovation could lead the way on green transformation. STEPS Centre Blog.

Fressoli, Mariano, Arond, Elisa, Abrol, Dinesh, Smith, Adrian, Ely, Adrian and Dias, Rafael (2014) When grassroots innovation movements encounter mainstream institutions: implications for models of inclusive innovation. Innovation and Development, 4 (2). pp. 277-292. ISSN 2157-930X

Ely, Adrian and Tyfield, David (2013) Citizens and science in a greener China. The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

Ely, Adrian (2013) Luddites of the world unite. The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

Ely, Adrian, Smith, Adrian, Stirling, Andy, Leach, Melissa and Scoones, Ian (2013) Innovation politics post-Rio+20: hybrid pathways to sustainability? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (6). pp. 1063-1081. ISSN 0263-774X

Leach, Melissa, Rockström, Johan, Raskin, Paul, Scoones, Ian Christopher, Stirling, Andrew C, Smith, Adrian, Thompson, John, Millstone, Erik, Ely, Adrian, Arond, Elisa, Folke, Carl and Olsson, Per (2012) Transforming innovation for sustainability. Ecology and Society, 17 (2). p. 11. ISSN 1708-3087

Jin, Chenggang, Ely, Adrian, Fang, Lijie and Liang, Xiaoyun (2011) Framing a global health risk from the bottom-up: user perceptions and practices around antibiotics in four villages in China. Health, Risk and Society, 13 (5). pp. 433-449. ISSN 1369-8575

Van Zwanenberg, Patrick, Ely, Adrian, Smith, Adrian, Chuanbo, Chen, Shijun, Ding, Fazio, Maria-Eugenia and Goldberg, Laura (2010) Regulatory harmonization and agricultural biotechnology in Argentina and China: critical assessment of state-centred and decentred approaches. Regulation and Governance, 5 (2). pp. 166-186. ISSN 1748-5991

Ely, Adrian V, Leach, Melissa, Scoones, Ian and Stirling, Andy C (2010) A New Manifesto for innovation, sustainability and development - Response to Rhodes and Sulston. European Journal of Development Research, 22 (4). pp. 586-588. ISSN 0957-8811

Ely, Adrian (2008) Rethinking regulation in China: Zhang's seed shop. The Crossing (STEPS Centre Blog) [weblog article, 15 April 2008].

Ely, Adrian (2008) Rethinking regulation in China: decisions facing farmers. The Crossing (STEPS Centre Blog) [weblog article, 15 April 2008].

Ely, Adrian (2007) Cotton farming in Hubei province. The Crossing (STEPS Centre Blog) [weblog article, 16 July 2007].


Smith, Adrian, Fressoli, Mariano, Abrol, Dinesh, Arond, Elisa and Ely, Adrian (2016) Grassroots innovation movements. Pathways to sustainability . Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138901216

Van Zwanenberg, Patrick, Ely, Adrian and Smith, Adrian (2011) Regulating Technology: International harmonisation and local realities. Pathways to Sustainability . EarthScan. ISBN 9781849712477

Book Section

Rosemann, Achim, Zhang, Xinqing, Sui, Suli, Ely, Adrian and Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret (2017) The regulatory situation for clinical stem cell research in China. In: Phuc, Van Pham and Rosemann, Achim (eds.) Safety, ethics and regulations. Stem cells in clinical applications, 6 . Springer, Heidelberg and New York. ISBN 9783319591643

Ockwell, David, Byrne, Rob, Urama, Kevin, Ozor, Nicholas, Kirumba, Edith, Ely, Adrian, Becker, Sarah and Gollwitzer, Lorenz (2017) Debunking free market myths: transforming pro-poor, sustainable energy access for climate compatible development. In: Nunan, Fiona (ed.) Making climate compatible development happen. Routledge. ISBN 9781138657014

Ely, Adrian (2015) Lessons from China’s GM controversy. In: MacNaghten, Phil and Carro-Ripalda, Susana (eds.) Governing agricultural sustainability: global lessons from GM crops. Pathways to Sustainability . Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 161-166. ISBN 9781138891777

Smith, Adrian and Ely, Adrian (2015) Green transformations from below? The politics of grassroots innovation. In: Scoones, Ian, Leach, Melissa and Newell, Peter (eds.) The Politics of Green Transformations. Pathways to Sustainability . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 102-118. ISBN 9781138792906

Ely, Adrian (2009) Implementation of the general framework: genetically modified (Cry1Ab) maize case study. In: Dreyer, Marion and Renn, Ortwin (eds.) Food Safety Governance: Integrating Science, Precaution and Public Involvement. Risk, Governance and Society, 15 . Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 143-157. ISBN 9783540693086

Reports and working papers

Cavicchi, Bianca and Ely, Adrian (2016) Framing and reframing sustainable bioenergy pathways: the case of Emilia Romagna. Working Paper. STEPS Centre.

Rosemann, Achim, Zhang, Xinqing, Sui, Suli, Su, Yeyang and Ely, Adrian (2014) Country report: stem cell research in China. Working Paper. Economic and Social Research Council.

Byrne, Robert, Ockwell, David, Urama, Kevin, Ozor, Nicholas, Kirumba, Edith, Ely, Adrian, Becker, Sarah and Gollwitzer, Lorenz (2014) Sustainable energy for whom? Governing pro-poor, low-carbon pathways to development: lessons from solar PV in Kenya. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Ely, Adrian and Oxley, Nathan (2014) STEPS Centre research: our approach to impact. Working Paper. STEPS Centre, Brighton.

Becker, Sarah, Byrne, Rob, Ockwell, David, Ozor, Nicholas, Ely, Adrian and Urama, Kevin (2013) Innovation histories workshop on the solar home system market in Kenya. Other. STEPS Centre, Brighton, UK.

Chen, Yantai and Ely, Adrian (2011) Health Biotechnology Innovation for Social Sustainability -A Perspective from China. Working Paper. STEPS Centre.

Ely, Adrian, Van Zwanenberg, Patrick and Stirling, Andrew (2011) New Models of Technology Assessment for Development. Working Paper. STEPS Centre.

Dreyer, Marion, Renn, Ortwin, Ely, Adrian, Stirling, Andy, Vos, Ellen and Wendler, Frank (2008) A general framework for the precautionary and inclusive governance of food safety in Europe. Project Report. DIALOGIK, Stuttgart.


Day, Julia, Leach, Melissa and Ely, Adrian (2013) Engaging science and politics in a post-2015 framework. IDS and The STEPS Centre.