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We are building a global knowledge base on transformations to sustainability. Here you can download outputs from T2S networks and projects, and find videos, podcasts and other programme materials.

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Articles

Can science on transformation transform science? Lessons from co-design

‘Co-design’ is increasingly prominent as a key concept and approach in global change and sustainability research, in the scholarship on science–policy interactions, and an expressed expectation in research programmes and initiatives. This paper situates co-design and then synthesizes insights from real-life experiences of co-developing research projects under the Transformations to Sustainability programme seed grant phase. […]

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Newsletters

Newsletter April 2018

The April 2018 newsletter features a guest editorial from Ioan Fazey, which calls on readers to learn to be un-disciplined to progress the field of transformations, and updates on the T2S Transformative Knowledge Networks (TKNs) and related projects. It lists recent publications and forthcoming events featuring members of the network, with links to livestreamed content, […]

Newsletter January 2018

The January newsletter kicks off 2018 with a brief overview of the November 2017 Transformative Knowledge Workshop that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a round up of recent publications, forthcoming events and reading recommendations from the T2S community. Download the January 2018 newsletter. The Transformations to Sustainability newsletter was launched in July 2016 […]

Newsletter September 2017

The September 2017 newsletter focuses on transformations in practice, the theme of the Transformations 2017 conference held at the end of August. It features conference reflections from several of the researchers involved in the T2S programme alongside the regular updates on publications, events and reading recommendations. Download the September 2017 newsletter. The Transformations to Sustainability […]

Newsletter June 2017

The June 2017 newsletter features a guest editorial from Rania Masri of the ACKNOWL-EJ network, who reports on their annual meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. Other updates include the launch of online courses featuring members of the PATHWAYS network, news from the Political Economy of Energy Transitions (POLET) network, awards, events and publications. Download the June […]

Newsletter April 2017

The April 2017 newsletter opens with a guest editorial by Paul Shrivastava, a member of the T2S Steering Committee, who asks for stories of personal transformations to sustainability – and shares one of his own. Highlights include the latest transformational research being undertaken in each TKN, including Vikalp Sangam work by ACKNOWL-EJ, Transform labs (T-Labs) held by PATHWAYS, and […]

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Podcasts

Podcast: Introduction To Transformations To Sustainability – Heide Hackmann

This recording was made at the first annual Transformative Knowledge Workshop, which took place in November 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The overarching aim of the workshop was to lay the foundations for the global Transformations Knowledge Trust that is being developed through the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability Programme. At the time of recording, Heide Hackmann […]

Podcast: Science policy perspective – Klaus Töpfer

This recording was made at the first annual Transformative Knowledge Workshop, which took place in November 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The overarching aim of the workshop was to lay the foundations for the global Transformations Knowledge Trust that is being developed through the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability Programme. Professor Klaus Töpfer is the founding Director […]

Podcast: Can transformations toward desired futures be facilitated, steered or managed? – Enrique Leff

This recording was made at the first annual Transformative Knowledge Workshop, which took place in November 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The overarching aim of the workshop was to lay the foundations for the global Transformations Knowledge Trust that is being developed through the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability Programme. Enrique Leff is Senior Researcher/Professor in political […]

Podcast: How do transformations look? What are their characteristics? – Frans Berkhout

This recording was made at the first annual Transformative Knowledge Workshop, which took place in November 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The overarching aim of the workshop was to lay the foundations for the global Transformations Knowledge Trust that is being developed through the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability Programme. Frans Berkhout is Professor of Environment, Society […]

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Programme materials

Transformations to Sustainability poster

Download the programme poster as a JPEG (3.4 MB) If you wish to print a copy of the poster, please contact us for a copy of the high-resolution print files.

T2S logotype

The T2S logo is available to download as an .eps, .png and .jpeg file. Grant holders are requested to acknowledge the ISSC, the Transformations to Sustainability programme and its funders, and its partners (where appropriate), in any programme materials or publications with the following text: This work is based on research supported through the Transformations to […]

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Slides

T-LEARNING update, November 2017

This update on the T-LEARNING Transformative Knowledge Network (TKN) was presented on 27 November 2017 at the 2017 TKN workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The slides cover the theoretical assumptions & frameworks underlying T-learning research, an overview of the t-learning cases, and ‘play-liminal’ results to date.

ACKNOWL-EJ update, November 2017

This update on the ACKNOWL-EJ Transformative Knowledge Network (TKN) was presented on 27 November 2017 at the TKN workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It include a brief overview of the aims of the network and updates on specific activities and ongoing outputs. It also sets out transversal processes of collaboration and reflexivity across the activities.

PATHWAYS update, November 2017

An update on the PATHWAYS Transformative Knowledge Network (TKN), presented on 27 November 2017 at the TKN workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This presentation includes an overview of the PATHWAYS aim and approach, theory of change, and brief initial reflections from PATHWAYS case studies in China, Kenya, Mexico, India, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

The Transformations to Sustainability programme (January 2015)

On 29 January 2015 the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) hosted an International Joint Symposium on Transformations to Sustainability at the United Nations University in Tokyo, in cooperation with the ISSC and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). The event was also supported by the Science Council of Japan. This presentation was […]

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Videos

Transformations methods: Neema Pathak Broome on the Alternatives Framework

Neema Pathak Broome introduces the Alternatives Framework, which can be used by alternative and resistance movements to explore how holistic their alternatives movement is – in terms of how it addresses the environmental, social, economic, political and cultural spheres – and to address any gaps that may be leading to problems such as environmental degradation […]

Video: Understanding transformations – Dylan McGarry on transgressive learning

What is transgressive and transformative learning? How can art and creativity help to transform towards greater sustainability? T-LEARNING network member Dylan McGarry of the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) at Rhodes University, South Africa, on how transgressive and transformative learning (t-learning) can help lead to greater sustainability. This video was filmed at the Transformations 2017 […]

Video: Transformations methods – Million Belay on participatory mapping

What is participatory mapping? How can this kind of mapping help create transformations towards greater environmental sustainability? T-LEARNING network member Million Belay of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) introduces his participatory mapping work with local communities, and explains how mapping can help to facilitate transformations towards greater environmental […]

Video: Understanding transformations: Iokiñe Rodríguez on conflict transformations

How do transformations in practice come about? And what do conflicts and cultural revitalisation have to do with transforming towards greater sustainability? In this brief video, Iokiñe Rodríguez, of the University of East Anglia, introduces her work on conflict transformations as part of the ACKNOWL-EJ network. This video was filmed at the Transformations 2017 conference […]

Video: Transformations stories – Patrick van Zwanenberg on opening up seed systems

The global seed system is currently undergoing a very rapid transformation, but in an unsustainable direction. Seed market concentration and a decline in diversity are happening fast. In this video, Patrick van Zwanenberg of the Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT) and STEPS América Latina introduces the PATHWAYS network’s work to explore ways of […]