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

Transformations 2019: Learning from Transformative Action and Thinking

The Transformations to Sustainability community will be active at the forthcoming Transformations 2019 conference, which takes place in Santiago, Chile. The theme for the conference is ‘Learning from Transformative Action and Thinking’, and discussions on on this topic will be kick-started on 15 October, when researchers from the Transformations to Sustainability community will convene a pre-conference […]

Call for Papers: Handbook of Climate Change Management: Research, Leadership, Transformation

The increased frequency and severity of extreme weather and climate impacts around the world suggests that urgent efforts are needed to better understand and manage such climate phenomena. Importantly, climate change occurs in tandem with other global mega-trends, including population growth, urbanisation, habitat destruction, resource depletion, pollution of the oceans, environmental degradation, biodiversity pressures and burgeoning rates of […]

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 […]