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Announcements

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 […]

Twelve transnational projects receive 11.5 million euros for research on transformations to sustainability

Twelve transnational research projects starting in 2018 have been awarded 11.5 million euros from the Belmont Forum and NORFACE joint programme Transformations to Sustainability (T2S). The programme builds on and expands the Transformations to Sustainability programme launched by the ISSC in 2014. The twelve teams will undertake research in areas ranging from groundwater, mining, urban […]

Online forum on Just Transition(s) to a low-carbon world launched

The ‘Just Transition’ – the idea that justice and equity must form an integral part of the transition towards a low-carbon world – is the focus of a new digital publication launched recently by the Just Transition Research Collaborative (JTRC) and the International Social Science Council. Its authors include members of the Transformations to Sustainability Transformative […]

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 […]

New video: Towards Transformations in Practice

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 […]

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Opinion

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 […]

A Just Transition must include climate change adaptation

By Romain Felli This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  In 2016 UNIA — the largest trade union active in construction and industrial work in Switzerland — won special protection for workers of the Vaud region in the case of severe weather. Now, during the winter months, the […]

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Resources

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 […]

Transformations in practice – September 2017 newsletter

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 updates on publications, events and reading recommendations. Download the September 2017 newsletter. Access back issues of the newsletter […]

Transformations and co-design: special issue publication

An edited collection of 16 papers on co-design in sustainability science, authored by members of the Transformations to Sustainability programme community, has been published as a special issue of the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST). The papers examine co-design in the context of social-science-led, integrated research on transformations to sustainability, including a practical […]