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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 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 […]

Newsletter February 2017

This month we open with a guest editorial by Nnimmo Bassey of the T2S Steering Committee, on the occasion of the 2017 Ecological Challenges Conference held in Norway, Oslo. The newsletter also features a new call for funding proposals, an update on the Steering Committee and TKN activities, and recent publications. Download the February 2017 […]

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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

Video: Towards transformations in practice – perspectives from the T2S programme

How can we make transformations in practice, to create a step change towards environmental sustainability? What does transformation look like? What methods can help create transformations? What about new innovations? And how can we accelerate transformations? We brought together members of the Transformations to Sustainability community to share their ideas on what transformations in practice […]

Video: The IPCC’s 1.5C Report: critical opportunities for social science to shape the future

This webinar was hosted on 31 October 2016. Join Ioan Fazey, Frank Geels, Bronwyn Hayward, Susi Moser, Petra Tschakert and other experts from the Transformations to Sustainability community for a discussion on opportunities for social science in the forthcoming Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming […]

Video: Transformative Knowledge Networks – solutions oriented research in practice

Research on global change and sustainability increasingly goes hand in hand with calls for profound change and social transformation – but what do we know about these processes in different, concrete contexts of application? What can social science-led research contribute to generating solutions and transformative change towards sustainability and social justice? On Tuesday, 5th July […]

Video: Marco Armiero: Justainability – Grassroots initiatives to merge social and environmental justice

Speaking at the Undisciplined Environments conference in March 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, Marco Armiero (KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) presents a consortium that won a seed grant from the Transformations to Sustainability programme to develop a project around the intersection of social and environmental justice. Interrogating the concept of sustainability, he argues that it […]

Video: Leah Temper: Acknowl-EJ – Academic–activist co-produced knowledge for environmental justice

Leah Temper, Autonomous University of Barcelona, presents the Acknowl-EJ project, part of the Transformations to Sustainability programme, at the Undisciplined Environments conference which took place in Stockholm in March 2016. The Acknowl-EJ project studies the transformative potential of community responses to extractive activities. Leah begins with the example of Berta Cáceres, a Honduran indigenous environmental […]