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Announcements

New map shows resistance mounts as Europe locks itself into fossil fuel future

A new online map uncovers plans to build a massive web of gas infrastructure in Europe, and the mounting resistance and conflicts resulting from its development, showing sites of resistance in Europe and around the world in places where Europe-destined gas is being exploited and exported. The map, which was developed by Observatori del Deute […]

Transformations 2017

The Transformations to Sustainability programme will have a strong presence at the Transformations 2017 conference which takes place this week in Dundee, United Kingdom. The focus of the conference is ‘Transformations in Practice’ with speed talks and practice sessions structured around six themes: Conceptualizing sustainability transformations Designing transformation and transformative forms of design Conditions and […]

Transformations in practice podcast series

Ahead of the Transformations 2017 conference which begins on 30 August in Dundee, United Kingdom, SustainaMetrix have published a series of podcasts with the conference organizers, speakers and participants. The conversations highlight themes of personal and professional transformation, environmental stewardship, climate change, human behaviour and evaluation of transformation in practice. The series features conversations with: […]

Accelerating social change for the 1.5°C challenge

What extra push is needed to make a new practice take off? What stops people from adopting transformative new behaviours? What examples of rapid social change do we have, and what can we learn from them to reach the goal of curbing warming at under 1.5°C? The Paris Agreement sets out an ambitious target for […]

Media coverage of the Transformative Knowledge Networks

One year into their operation, the Transformative Knowledge Networks (TKNs) supported by the Transformations to Sustainability programme have had media exposure worldwide. International media outlets, blogs and news sites from seven countries released opinion pieces, articles and other updates in five languages in 2016, covering the work of ACKnowl-EJ, T-Learning, and Pathways. One example is an […]

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Opinion

An anthropological perspective on transformations to sustainability: Meeting the demand for integrated social transformation with a political process of open and inclusive communication

Averting a global ecological collapse Contemporary societies and their economies must undergo a transformation to sustainability without further delay if we are to avoid an unprecedented ecological and socio-political disaster. To achieve such a transformation, principles consistent with sustainable ecosystems and social systems need to be identified and applied systematically across all sectors. What are […]

Harnessing transformations: To open up or close down?

There is little contention that the world is undergoing significant change at the planetary scale, primarily induced by human activity: think of climate change, ocean acidification and coral bleaching, plastic pollution, increasing biodiversity loss, to name but a few. Scientists have termed this era the Anthropocene, where human actions are the main drivers of global […]

Another sticky note on the big egg of “things to leave behind”  

Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Transformations Conference in Dundee, Scotland. The focus was on diverse transformations contributing to more sustainable socio-ecological systems. Diversity, multiplicity, heterogeneity. A diversity of actors, territories, pathways and so on. These key elements for transformation were continually addressed and given value during the conference. But […]

Stay alive, survive or thrive? Thoughts from the Transformations 2017 conference, Dundee, Scotland

This post originally appeared on the T-learning website. Stay alive or survive? “One-point-five-to-stay-alive” or more like “one-point-five-we–might-survive.” This lyrical chant comes from Kumi Naidoo, the former Director of Greenpeace. It is a soundbite from his keynote address at the Transformations 2017 conference in Dundee, Scotland this past month (September), which I was fortunate to attend […]

Understanding the effect of social systems on food loss and wastage

Roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption each year – around 1.3 billion tonnes – is lost or wasted, and most of this is due to poor distribution networks, according to a recent report for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). On a per-capita basis, there is far more wastage in Europe […]

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Resources

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 […]

Webinar: 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 […]

New video: research into transformations

How does change happen? What are the factors that drive change? And can we control for it? In Potsdam last year, we gathered together our seed grantees, and noted researchers on social change, in the first of a series of annual Transformative Knowledge Workshops. These workshops will eventually lay the foundation for the global Transformations Knowledge Trust […]