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Transgressive social learning for social-ecological sustainability in times of climate change

Changes in human activities and social systems are critical to mitigating climate change and creating transformations to sustainability. People everywhere will need to learn how to create new forms of human activity and new social systems that are more sustainable and socially just. However, we have limited knowledge about the type of learning that creates such change, how such learning emerges, or how it can be scaled-up to create transformations at many levels.

The T-LEARNING network works with civil society, youth, academic, government and community partners across nine countries in diverse areas that are vulnerable to impacts at the climate-energy-food-water security and social justice nexus. The aim is to understand how transgressive learning (T-learning) processes emerge, what they look like, and how they can contribute to transformations to sustainability.

It will do this by identifying ‘germ cell’ activities for T-learning, and examining how T-learning can initiate and expand sustainability transformations in selected community sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

The network aims to produce practical, theoretical and methodological outcomes for creating sustainability transformations. These include new, generative research methodologies that can be used to support and expand T-learning processes; and new insights into the types of learning needed for sustainability transformations, and how such learning can be supported.

Through internationally networked institutions and partners, network members aim to influence global action projects and contribute to the development of international policy.

Discover case stories, resources and the online research school on the T-LEARNING website.


Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka
Rhodes University, South Africa
[email protected]

This network received seed funding under phase 1 of the Transformations to Sustainability programme.
More on T-Learning seed funded activities.