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

Why we need alternatives to development

By Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta. This post originally appeared on the EADI blog. The seductive nature of development rhetoric, sometimes called developmentality or developmentalism, has been internalized across virtually all countries. Decades after the notion of development spread around the world, only a handful of countries that were […]

Launch of 12 new Transformations to Sustainability projects highlights the social justice and equity dimensions of sustainability

Twelve new international, interdisciplinary research projects on transformations to sustainability, jointly funded by the Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the International Science Council, were formally presented in a session at the World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka, Japan, on 26 September 2018. In a keynote address to the projects, Professor Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute […]

T-Labs: A Practical Guide from the PATHWAYS network

The PATHWAYS network has published a new guide to T-Labs (Transformation Labs), which draws on lessons from its work worldwide as part of the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Since 2016, the Pathways Network has convened T-Labs to respond to social-ecological problems in six countries (Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, China, the UK and India). T-Labs: A Practical […]