Transformations to Sustainability

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

About the programme

Supporting innovative research, knowledge exchange and capacity building for transformations to sustainability.


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

The Transformations to Sustainability programme supports international, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research with a focus on the social dimensions of the causes of and solutions to sustainability challenges.

This website served to showcase the three funded Transformative Knowledge Networks and the programme outputs in the period 2015-2019. The website is maintained to allow users to access resources but is not frequently updated.
Information on the second set of funded projects in the Transformations to Sustainability programme is available at

Funded projects

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

All resources

What's new

The transformative potential of managed retreat in the face of rising sea levels

The latest Transformations to Sustainability knowledge brief explores whether managed retreat – a planned effort to permanently move people and assets away from hazardous places and resettle them in safer locations – can contribute to wide-scale, positive social transformation in the direction of sustainability. Find out more and download the knowledge brief.

Weaving a story: Transformation amongst handloom weavers of Kachchh, India, on film

After two years of intensive on-the-ground research and participatory filming in Kachchh, western India, the ACKNOWL-EJ project has released six thematic films of the Sandhani project. The films look at the multiple dimensions of transformation taking place in the livelihoods of the weaving community, linked to an overall revival of the craft from a time […]

Finding common ground in transformative sustainability narratives

The latest Transformations to Sustainability knowledge brief explores discourses and narratives around transformations to sustainability. James Waddell finds out more. Stories help us understand others and ourselves. They unite us by forging connections and conveying shared values, culture and history. In other words, they provide meaning to our collective life. From childhood tales to political discourses embodying our hopes […]