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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 […]

What does transformative research for sustainability look like?

Efforts to nurture more sustainable, just futures are happening all around us, albeit in the context of a rapidly changing and highly unequal world that is on the brink of irrevocably dismantling the ecological foundations that sustain human life. The researchers and partner organizations in the Transformations to Sustainability Programme are learning from and accompanying […]

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 […]

Learning from grassroots transformations for sustainability through the conflict transformation and alternatives frameworks

By Neema Pathak, Iokiñe Rodriguez, Meenal Tatpati and Mirna Inturias. Across the world, resistance movements are playing a key role in shaping the future of the planet by confronting destructive development practices and bringing forth their own narratives of alternative ways of being, which focus on the wellbeing of humans and non-humans rather than ‘growth and […]

Connecting and nurturing multi-level transformative knowledge networks at Transformations 2017

This post originally appeared on the T-learning website. In her keynote address to the Transformations 2017 conference, Susi Moser, Senior Adviser to the Transformations to Sustainability programme, identified the purpose of global transformations networks as ‘life for people and for the planet’. When eight short-listed learning networks from across the globe met the International Social […]

A transformative turn in urban studies? Three ideas on how research on sustainable cities can contribute to the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda

By Florian Koch, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany; Sonia Roitman, The University of Queensland, Australia; and Martin David, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Recently adopted global political sustainability agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) consider cities as ‘powerful actors’ with a role […]