Transformations to Sustainability
The Transformations to Sustainability Programme supports and advances research on the fundamental processes of social transformation needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions to some of the most urgent problems of global change and sustainability — including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy consumption, poverty and inequality.
On 19 January 2016 the programme announced that three Transformative Knowledge Networks had been selected from a field of 88 eligible submissions in an open call for proposals. The three networks will be supported to conduct empirical research projects over three years. A further five proposals were short-listed for funding, but could not be funded with the existing programme budget.
Together the networks, funded and short-listed, will form an overarching and ever-growing network of researchers focusing on the theme of social transformation in the context of global environmental change and sustainability.
The Programme is designed to enable researchers from the social sciences to lead ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’ that:
- conduct internationally comparative, solutions-oriented research on the needs and opportunities for social transformation in specific locations experiencing challenges of environmental change;
- bring together researchers from the relevant academic disciplines;
- engage societal stakeholders in the co-design of research and the co-production of knowledge, and;
- build capacity for international research collaboration across a set of countries including low- and middle-income economies, including by supporting early career scientists.
In March 2014, the programme issued a call for proposals for seed grants and awarded 38 grants to allow research teams to build the knowledge networks in view to applying to the main call for Transformative Knowledge Networks issued in December 2014.
The Transformations to Sustainability programme represents a significant contribution to Future Earth, the global research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth is co-sponsored by the members of the International Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability.
The Transformations to Sustainability Programme is being supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Ad hoc additional support for seed grants was provided by the ESRC/Newton Fund, SSEESS, NWO and NRF.