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Input sought on future work programme of IPBES

The Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have opened a call for requests, inputs and suggestions on short-term priorities and longer term strategic needs for its future work programme. IPBES members, United Nations bodies related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and relevant stakeholders such […]

DayOne podcast: Understanding and guiding the way water flows in Cape Town

In the face of a complex water crisis in Cape Town, two early-career researchers involved in the T-LEARNING programme have launched DayOne – a podcast created by and for Cape Town to share understanding on how water flows in the city. The DayOne podcast aims to present the latest facts about the crisis, to start […]

The global voice for science – launch of the International Science Council

The International Social Science Council (ISSC), which launched the Transformations to Sustainability programme in 2014, has merged with the International Council for Science (ICSU) to form the International Science Council, a single unified council to be the global voice for all the sciences. You can visit the ISSC’s new website here: The decision to […]

Living Aulas early-career research school in Colombia

A unique research school beginning this week in Colombia brings together early-career research activists and grassroots change-makers from civil society who are working towards socio-ecological transformations, in order to discuss and develop emergent ways of approaching transformations research. Named ‘Living Aulas’ (living classrooms), the aim is to create a space for early-career researchers and change-makers […]

Seedbeds of transformation – science with society for SDGs in Africa

Members of the Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) community are well represented at the ‘Seedbeds of Transformation’ conference, which begins on 9 May in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ‘Seedbeds of Transformation: the Role of Science with Society and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa’ aims to provide a collaborative space from which to interrogate transformations in […]

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Sustainability worthy of our longing

By Hannah Moersberger and Dylan McGarry This post also appears on the Future Earth blog.  “We are longing for mentors that take care of us as human beings; mentors that act like parents, not like political dictators.” These are the words of Kuda Mudokwani from Zimbabwe, reflecting on struggles and longings of early career change-makers […]

T-learning as Seedbed of Transformation

Zimbabwean farmers creating new markets via creative solidarity relations; South African farmers crossing boundaries between college, youth groups and farmers’ associations; Ethiopian communities re-framing power relations as they protect their sacred natural sites, and university students and administrators hosting a funeral for e-waste on their campus. What do these all have in common?  Qualities and […]

Just Transition(s) and transformative change

By Dunja Krause and Joachim Roth This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Despite its growing uptake, the Just Transition is often narrowly conceived as a concept to protect workers who are facing unemployment due to climate policy and shifts to sustainable production systems, […]

Lessons learnt and guiding principles for a just energy transition in the Global South

By Thomas Hirsch This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  The Just Transition discourse has its origin in the struggle of North American trade unions for programmes supporting workers who lost their jobs as a result of environmental protection policies in the 1970s and […]

Contesting the colour of a Just Transition in South Africa

By Jacklyn Cock This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Two new coal-fired power stations, among the largest in the world, are being built in South Africa. Another 10 smaller ones are planned as well as 40 new coal mines, most of them in […]

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July 2018 newsletter out now

The July 2018 T2S newsletter is a bumper edition, 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 […]

Ten essentials for research that responds to the climate challenge

A knowledge brief published today by the Transformations to Sustainability programme highlights ten essentials for research that responds to the climate challenge. Accelerating the kinds of learning needed to make transformations to sustainability will require transformations in the way knowledge is produced and used. This brief sets out ten essentials for action-oriented transformations research, and […]

Resources round-up: latest publications from the T2S community

Our April 2018 newsletter includes numerous journal articles, books, blogs, book chapters, videos and more from the T2S community. Many of these are available open access. A perspective on radical transformations to sustainability: resistances, movements and alternatives Leah Temper, Mariana Walter, Iokiñe Rodriguez, Ashish Kothari, Ethemcam Turham (2018), Sustainability Science This paper presents key results and […]

Mapping of initial learning interactions (Malawi case study blog: part 2)

This post originally appeared on the T-LEARNING website. Read the first part – ‘Co-defining matters of concern’ – here.  The Malawi case study takes place in the Lake Chilwa Basin, a wetland of international significance prone to drying. Within the basin, Domasi and Nsanama Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) are our focus. The study subjects are women […]

Co-defining matters of concern (Malawi case study update: part 1)

This post originally appeared on the T-LEARNING website. Read the second part here. Brief Description of the study site Lake Chilwa is the second largest lake in Malawi with a surface area of 1,300 km2. The lake has a history of droughts resulting from below normal precipitation levels. Since the 1700s, the lake has either […]