Transformations to Sustainability

Advancing transformations to more sustainable and equitable futures. Read more.

About the programme

Supporting innovative, social-science-led research on transformations to sustainability.

Publications & Media

Sharing articles, newsletters, videos and other resources on social transformations.

Network & Activities

Fostering knowledge exchange and building research skills around the world.

A programme of the International Science Council (ISC).

More about the programme

We aim to create a ‘Transformations Knowledge Base’ around social transformation that can inform the development of solutions to sustainability challenges for the long term.

The Transformations community brings together a growing network of researchers and practitioners who work towards social transformations in sustainability contexts.

Programme outputs include workshop documentation, webinars and written syntheses of knowledge.

Funded projects

The programme funded 38 seed projects and three Transformative Knowledge Networks. Read more.

All resources

What's new

Environmental activists at high risk of violence and assassination, according to new findings published by the ACKnowl-EJ network

Environmental activists suffer high rates of criminalization, physical violence and murder, according to findings published recently in Global Environmental Change. This is despite the fact that environmental defenders employ largely non-violent protest forms. Activists suffer violence in 18% of environmental conflicts, and murder in 13% of such conflicts. Indigenous environmental activists suffer especially high rates of violence. […]

Coronavirus, crisis and the real Argentine economy: Post-pandemic challenges

By Anabel Marin. This article was first published in Spanish in the newspaper Pagina12 on 10 May 2020. Read the original article A window of opportunity is opening to reshape the organization of society, to take better advantage of new technologies and to make it more sustainable and more humane. Argentina, through its successive crises, has […]

Food in the time of COVID-19: How can local action and national coordination work together?

This blog was first posted on the STEPS centre website on 7 May 2020. As we approach the end of week 7 of the UK government’s Covid-19 social distancing measures, we have been witnessing a combination of remarkable efforts to sustain the country through this challenging time.  Workers from the National Health Service (supplemented by volunteer […]