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

The political challenge of achieving transformations to 1.5ºC – the role of social justice

A knowledge brief published by the Transformations to Sustainability programme assesses the role of social justice as an organizing principle to enhance the political feasibility of a dramatic decarbonization trajectory. This is the second in a series of knowledge briefs to be published by the Transformations to Sustainability programme. The knowledge briefs synthesize findings from recent […]

March 2019 newsletter out now

The March 2019 edition of the Transformations to Sustainability newsletter is now available for download. The quarterly newsletter brings together the latest news and publications from the Transformative Knowledge Networks. Download it here. As the networks move into the final stages of their research projects, the newsletter highlights the ways in which their findings and […]

ISC launches ‘State of Knowledge on Social Transformations to Sustainability’ series

A new series of peer-reviewed papers is synthesizing the state of knowledge on social transformations to sustainability in order to inform research and practice responding to the massive challenges of global environmental change. The papers will appear regularly in the journal COSUST (Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability) and will also be collected in a virtual special […]