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Learning to be un-disciplined for the emergence of the field of transformation

Whether we like it or not, transformation is inevitable. Transformation will either occur through deliberate attempts to shift societal trajectories towards a more sustainable way of living or – if these attempts are not successful – as the impacts of climate and other global changes continue to grow. While we can try to hide under […]

‘Cities have not received the attention that they deserve’: Q&A on CitiesIPCC

Ahead of a major scientific conference on the future of research on cities and climate change, we sat down with ISSC World Social Science Fellow Aliyu Barau to find out more about the knowledge gaps on transforming towards lower-carbon, more resilient cities. The CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference aims to stimulate novel research […]

What does transformations research look like?

What does your approach to research look like? Is there an object that you regularly use in your research? There are surely thousands of journal articles, monographs and weighty manuscripts that deal with how researchers view their work, but what if you had to capture your answer to those questions in a single object? That’s […]

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 from Beijing to Nairobi and back: What can we learn from each other?

by Yang Lichao, Kennedy Liti Mbeva and Jiang Chulin This blog post summarizes discussions between the PATHWAYS Africa and China hubs at the project-wide meeting of the PATHWAYS network in Dundee in August 2017. This post originally appeared on the STEPS Centre website. The Africa and China hubs in the project are both working on […]

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 […]