Transformations to Sustainability

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

Transforming research

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

Sharing knowledge

Creating an open collection of outputs and other resources on social transformations.

Building capacity

Promoting research collaboration and skill building around the world.

A programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

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.

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What's new

Connecting and nurturing multi-level transformative knowledge networks at Transformations 2017

This post originally appeared on the T-learning website. In her keynote address to the Transformations 2017 conference, Susi Moser, Senior Adviser to the Transformations to Sustainability programme, identified the purpose of global transformations networks as ‘life for people and for the planet’. When eight short-listed learning networks from across the globe met the International Social […]

A transformative turn in urban studies? Three ideas on how research on sustainable cities can contribute to the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda

By Florian Koch, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany; Sonia Roitman, The University of Queensland, Australia; and Martin David, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Recently adopted global political sustainability agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) consider cities as ‘powerful actors’ with a role […]

Putting environmental justice on the map

From prehistoric charts of the stars etched into cave walls to the fine-grained, multi-dimensional projections of the 21st century, maps have been tracing, reflecting and influencing the development of human society for thousands of years. As expressions and representations of our environment, maps have long been invaluable in providing direction and guiding human decisions. Today […]