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Launch of 12 new Transformations to Sustainability projects highlights the social justice and equity dimensions of sustainability

Twelve new international, interdisciplinary research projects on transformations to sustainability, jointly funded by the Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the International Science Council, were formally presented in a session at the World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka, Japan, on 26 September 2018. In a keynote address to the projects, Professor Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute […]

T-Labs: A Practical Guide from the PATHWAYS network

The PATHWAYS network has published a new guide to T-Labs (Transformation Labs), which draws on lessons from its work worldwide as part of the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Since 2016, the Pathways Network has convened T-Labs to respond to social-ecological problems in six countries (Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, China, the UK and India). T-Labs: A Practical […]

Tiny books for T-Learning

The T-Learning projects met for their third research school and project meeting this June in Colombia, following on from the Living Aulas Early Career Research School. Time was spent on reflecting on the qualities and processes of T-learning, discussing metaphors that help to transgress the taken-for-granted, and forms of sharing the t-learning research. One of the […]

Lessons on T-learning using an app

In South Africa, one third of all food produced for consumption is wasted, whilst 26% of all households experience hunger. The Food for Us project aims to develop a mobile phone application to link farmers and consumers to reduce food surplus on farms. The application has being trialled by 40 voluntary participants in the Western […]

Graduation for environmental activist T-learners

Some of the principles for T-learning facilitation have been co-developed with the Environmental Monitoring Group and AWARD in a ‘Changing Practice’ course for environmental activists in South Africa, which has now drawn to a close after 18 months of intense focus and learning. Seventeen community-based environmental justice activists from civil society organizations throughout the Olifants […]

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 […]