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About the programme

A new kind of research for sustainability

Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) is a research programme with a difference. We believe that environmental and social sustainability will never be achieved without profound, even difficult, changes to our societies. Through the T2S programme, we promote research on the complex social transformations needed to address problems of global environmental change, as well as on interrelated societal problems such as poverty, corruption, migration, social discontent and conflict.

T2S supports an innovative, solution-oriented approach to sustainability research that:

T2S thereby aims to:

The T2S programme contributes to the work of Future Earth, the global research platform.

An introduction to the T2S programme:

T2S has three main lines of activity:

Supporting innovative research

Since its launch in 2014 the programme has awarded 38 seed grants and three major grants for international ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’.

Cultivating knowledge exchange and research capacity

We organize events and activities to foster the integration of knowledge, to enhance skills for doing integrated research and to facilitate interdisciplinary, international collaboration across low- and high-income countries.

2014 Transformative Knowledge Workshop, Potsdam
2015 Transformative Knowledge Workshop, Durban
2016 Transformative Knowledge Workshop, New Delhi

Building a Transformations to Sustainability knowledge base

Our goal is to generate a global body of expertise and knowledge on social transformation that will inform the development of solutions to sustainability challenges for the long term.

The Transformations to Sustainability Programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa, was an implementing partner in the call for proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks.

The ISSC is participating in the NORFACE–Belmont Forum call for proposals for Transformations to Sustainability, launched in 2017. This new programme is inspired by the existing ISSC programme, and has secured at least 13 million EUR in committed research funding. The ISSC will fund social scientists based in low- and lower-middle-income countries to participate in the projects selected through the new programme.