Transformations to Sustainability focuses on the complex processes of social transformation needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions to the urgent problems of global environmental change.
Climate and other environmental changes are understood as social processes embedded in specific social systems. A transformative approach provides tools to question and rethink the shape and course of those processes, and ultimately to inform actions that result in ethical and equitable transformations to sustainability.
Profound social transformation may be planned or unintentional, and it is always the result of complex, multidimensional processes involving multiple actors and occurring at different rates and scales. The transformations lens provides a better understanding of how real and enduring social change comes about, and how – if at all – it can be initiated, fostered or steered.
Joseph Tainter: What is transformation?
Frances Westley (pre-recorded): Transformation in the social sciences and of the social sciences
Mary Watkins: Psychic, social, and eco-decolonization for the commons-to-be
Frans Berkhout: Features of (socio-technical) transformations
Melissa Leach: Steering transformations? Pathways, power and politics
Enrique Leff: Can transformations toward desired futures be facilitated, steered or managed?
Ed Hackett: Transforming science
Klaus Töpfer: The sustainability imperative despite staggering and interconnected crises