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Research

Transformative Knowledge Networks

Transformations to Sustainability is pioneering an innovative, solution-oriented approach to sustainability research that is framed and led by social scientists and involves natural scientists and societal stakeholders from beginning to end of the research process. The research teams and sites span the globe, including low- and middle-income countries.

Since its launch in 2014 the programme has awarded 38 seed grants and three major grants for ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’ (TKNs). The networks have been funded to conduct empirical research projects from 2016 to 2018. They are:

The Programme Steering Committee also short-listed five additional proposals that were considered highly meritorious:

Beyond Resource Extractivism: Resource justice as a global societal challenge (BEYOND-EXT)

Topic
Alternative visions of sustainable resource use, complexity & consequences of transformations, upscaling
Led by
Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna, Austria; Maristella Svampa, University of La Plata, Argentina
Partners in
Austria, China, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa, Spain, Sweden

This network received seed funding under the first phase of the programme.

Future Coastal Livelihoods Network (FINE)

Topic
Role of co-production of coastal knowledge and governance in transformations
Led by
Elvin Nyukuri, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Juergen Weichselgartner, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
Partners in
Brazil, USA, Colombia, India, Norway, Sri Lanka

Just Sustainability: Building bridges for grassroots initiatives for socio-ecological justice (JUSTAINABILITY)

Topic
Alternative sustainability discourses, legitimatizing local knowledge, connecting actors, & scaling up local initiatives
Led by
Marco Armiero, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Partners in
Brazil, India, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

This network received seed funding under the first phase of the programme.

Political Economy of Energy Transitions (POLET)

Topic
The influence of ideology, interests groups and power in determining energy futures; political imagination of policy-makers
Led by
Aleh Cherp, Central European University, Hungary
Partners in
Austria, Denmark, Germany, India, Nigeria, Ukraine, with UNEP and SE4All

This network received seed funding under the first phase of the programme.

Towards Urban Food & Water Security: Integrating sustainable phosphorus management in urban decision-making (P-FUTURES)

Topic
Role of visions, practices, and agents of change in urban food and water security
Led by
Dana Cordell and Genevieve Metson, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Vanwyk Chikasanda, University of Malawi, Malawi; David Iwaniec, Arizona State University, USA
Partners in
Malawi, USA, Vietnam

This network received seed funding under the first phase of the programme.