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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 and that the contribution of the social sciences and humanities is vital in this regard. Not only can the social sciences and humanities use their insights to challenge assumptions about technical or technocratic solutions, they must also help to focus attention on power relations in any struggle over sustainability.


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