Professor Stephen Morse

Chair in Systems Analysis for Sustainability

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD (Reading) PhD (Southampton)

Phone: Work: 01483 68 6079
Room no: 19 AZ 04

Further information


Steve joined the Centre in August 2010, having previously been at the University of Reading (Geography) and University of East Anglia (Development Studies). He has a background in applied biological science, and his research and teaching interests are broad spanning both the natural and social sciences. Steve has helped pioneer a number of participatory methodologies for sustainability assessment, including Triple Task. He has been involved in research and sustainable development projects across Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia.

Research Interests

  • Partnerships in sustainable development (including the role of faith based groups)
  • Methodologies for stakeholder participation in sustainable development
  • Methodologies for assessing sustainability, including indices and indicators
  • Natural resource and environmental management
  • Agricultural/rural development (including sustainability indicators, sustainable livelihood analysis, integrated pest management, microfinance and the impacts of new technologies such as conventional and genetically modified crop varieties)

Research Collaborations

  • EU Framework 7 project (POINT) exploring the policy use of indicators in sustainable development and some key sectors (transport, energy and agriculture) with a number of partners throughout Europe.
  • ESRC funded project entitled 'Analysing partnership in aid chains: A Catholic Church case study’.
  • EU DG Environment funded project entitled 'Assessment of the economic performance of genetically modified crops worldwide'.
  • DFID Research Into Use project on up-scaling sustainable seed yam production systems in West Africa
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project entitled 'Yam Improvement for Income and Food security in West Africa'
  •  EU Framework 7 project entitle 'Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy


Journal Papers (2012 to present)

Parsa S,  Morse S, Bonifacio A, Chancellor TCB, Condori B, Crespo-Perez V, Hobbs SLA, Kroshel J, Ba MN, Rebaudo F, Sherwood SG, Vanek SJ, Faye E, Herrera M and Dangles O. Obstacles to IPM adoption in developing countries: a global concept map. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (in press).

Al Zadjali S, Morse S, Chenoweth J and Deadman M. Factors determining pesticide use practices by farmers in the Sultanate of Oman. Science of the Total Environment (in press)

Zhang D, Gao Y and Morse S. Corporate social responsibility and food risk management in China; a management perspective. Food Control (available online)

Bell S and Morse S. Groups and indicators in post-industrial society. Sustainable Development (available online).

Bell S and Morse S. (2013). An approach to comparing external and internal methods for analyzing group dynamic. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice 17(4), 281-298.

Al Zadjali S, Morse S, Chenoweth J and Deadman M. (2013). Disposal of pesticide waste from agricultural production in the Al-Batinah region of Northern Oman.  Science of the Total Environment 463-464, 237–242

Bell S and Morse S. (2013). Towards an understanding of how policy making groups use indicators. Ecological Indicators 35, 13-23

Cassar, L, Conrad E, Bell, S and Morse S. (2013). Assessing the use and influence of sustainability indicators at the European periphery. Ecological Indicators 35, 52–61

Bell S. and Morse S. (2013). How people use Rich Pictures to help them think and act. Systemic Practice and Action Research 26, 331-348.

Morse S. (2013). Out of sight, out of mind. Reporting of three indices in the UK national press between 1990 and 2009. Sustainable Development 21(4), 242-259

Morse S (2013). Bottom rail on top: The shifting sands of sustainable development indicators as tools to assess progress. Sustainability 5(6), 2421-2441

Bell S. and Morse S (2013). Groups and facilitators within problem structuring processes. Journal of the Operational Research Society 64, 959–972

Bell S and Morse S. (2013). Rich Pictures: a Means to Explore the ‘Sustainable Mind’? Sustainable Development 21(1), 30-47.

Mannion AM and Morse S. (2012). Biotechnology in agriculture: agronomic and environmental considerations & reflections based on 15 years of GM crops. Progress in Physical Geography 36(6), 747-763

Morse S and McNamara N. (2012). Partnership and inter-dependence in aid chains: Social pathology or social health? Journal of International Development 24(7), 909-921

McNamara, N, Morse S, Ugbe  UP, Coyne D and Claudius-Cole A. (2012). Facilitating healthy seed yam entrepreneurship in the Niger River system in Nigeria: the value of ‘Research Into Use’. Outlook on Agriculture 41(4), 257-263

Bell, S., Morse S. and Shah R. (2012). Understanding stakeholder participation in research as part of sustainable development. Journal of Environmental Management 101, 13–22

Morse S and McNamara N. (2012). Trade-offs in the exploration of Sustainable Livelihoods: experience from a micro-credit intervention in Nigeria. The Geographical Journal 178(2), 162-174.

Ibana S., Coyne D., Claudius-Cole A., McNamara, N and Morse S. (2012). Economic analysis of commercial seed yam production systems in the sub-humid ecologies of the River Niger. Journal of Crop Improvement 26, 22–38

Morse S, Evans C and Mannion A (2012). Location, Location, Location: Presenting the economic evidence regarding genetically modified crops. Applied Geography 34, 274 - 280

Books (2012 to present)

Morse S and McNamara N. (2013). Sustainable Livelihood Approach. A critical review of theory and practice. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 189 pages. ISBN: 978-94-007-6267-1 and 978-94-007-6268-8

Bell S and Morse S. (2012). Resilient Participation: Saving the Human Project? Routledge, Abingdon. 224 pages. ISBN 978 1 849712552

Kotze, L and Morse, S. (eds) (2012). Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Volume 9. Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability. Berkshire Publishing Group, Great Barrington, MA. 512 pages. ISBN: 978-1-933782-19-5


Teaching sustainability to first year undergraduate students taking the following modules:

  • Design, sustainability & component production (ENG1058)
  • Introduction to systems engineering & sustainability (ENG1054)
  • Civil engineering practice & sustainability (ENG1051)

Contributions to the MSc modules 'Sustainable Development' and 'Environmental Economics'

Dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and masters level.

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