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Transformative pathways to sustainability: learning across disciplines, contexts and cultures

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set broad aims for transforming towards sustainability, but putting these aims into practice will require constructing concrete pathways of change. This means combining social, technological and institutional change in ways that bridge global demands and local realities and challenge dominant knowledge, practices and power relations, at the same time as respecting planetary boundaries and promoting social justice.

Windmills in China | Photo: AsianDevelopmentBank
Seeds/Photo: Sara Dent

The PATHWAYS network explores how creative methods informed by social learning can be combined with research to respond to socio-ecological problems in six sites around the world, focusing on three themes:

Transformative pathways call for new social science approaches that directly address global environmental and social imperatives, requiring context-sensitive critical engagement and practical responses.

The PATHWAYS network contributes to the understanding and the construction of transformative pathways to sustainability. It explores responses to the challenges of sustainable cities, energy and food by using transdisciplinary approaches to understand and catalyse change in diverse historical, political and cultural contexts and to communicate lessons learnt to wider research and user communities. The network builds on strong prior international collaborations and an established track record of producing both evidence and practice with partners in Argentina, China, Kenya, India, Sweden, USA and the UK.

Find out more about the network partners and activities on the PATHWAYS website.


Dr Adrian Ely
University of Sussex, UK
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Dr Anabel Marin
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET), Argentina
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This network received seed funding under phase 1 of the Transformations to Sustainability programme.