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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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Knowledge briefs

Ten essentials for research that responds to the climate challenge

To accelerate the kinds of learning needed to respond to the climate challenge and advance transformations to sustainability, transformations will also be needed in the way in which knowledge is produced and used. This T2S knowledge brief examines ten essentials for research that responds to the climate challenge. It is based on the synthesis paper by […]

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Newsletters

Newsletter September 2018

The September newsletter focuses on the Living Aulas early-career research school, with an editorial by one of the co-organizers, Thomas Macintyre, and a number of blogs and videos resulting from the school. There’s an update from each of the T2S networks, including recent publications and new initiatives. It also features reading recommendations from the broad T2S […]

Newsletter July 2018

The July 2018 newsletter is a bumper issue, with updates on the new Belmont Forum-NORFACE T2S programme, the first T2S knowledge brief, a new digital forum on Just Transitions, and the usual updates, publications and events from the ACKNOWL-EJ, PATHWAYS and T-LEARNING networks. The editorial in this edition is by Mathieu Denis, Science Director of […]

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 […]

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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

Restructuring the field of sustainability research for sustainable and secure futures

This presentation was given as part of the 2018 World Social Science Forum session to launch the new Belmont Forum-NORFACE Transformations to Sustainability projects. Each of the twelve new international, interdisciplinary research projects was presented, and slides relating to each project are enclosed in this slide pack. The session opened with a keynote address by […]

Understanding and encouraging transformations to sustainability

This presentation was given by Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, as a keynote address to the 2018 World Social Science Forum session to launch the new Belmont Forum-NORFACE Transformations to Sustainability projects. Leach stressed that questions of equity, fairness and justice must be integral to any discussion on sustainability […]

Impact, Outcomes and Sustainability

This presentation was given by Adrian Ely, co-lead of the T2S PATHWAYS network, on 23 September 2018, during the 2018 Transformations to Sustainability workshop. The 2018 workshop included a session on ‘Impact, outcomes and evaluation’, which had been suggested by members of the T2S research community partly in response to the challenges of monitoring and […]

PATHWAYS update, September 2018

This update from the PATHWAYS Transformative Knowledge Network (TKN) was presented on 22 September 2018 at the Transformations to Sustainability workshop in Fukuoka, Japan. It asks ‘what have we learned about research on/for social transformation?’ and presents learnings from the network’s case studies, including in Mexico, Argentina and India.

ACKNOWL-EJ update, September 2018

This update on the ACKNOWL-EJ Transformative Knowledge Network (TKN) was presented on 22 September 2018 at the Transformations to Sustainability workshop in Fukuoka, Japan. It includes a brief overview of case studies and frameworks used by the network for understanding and supporting transformation, an overview of the TKN’s theory of change, and desired outcomes, impacts […]

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Videos

Video: Injairu Kulundu on decolonizing education in Africa (All Woman TV)

In this brief interview for All Woman TV (South Africa), Injairu Kulundu, from the T-LEARNING network, talks about decoloniality and transgressive learning, which is the focus of her PhD study on surfacing contemporary liberatory pedagogy in Africa. This video was filmed for All Woman for their YouTube channel. 

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 […]