Transformative Knowledge Networks


Three Transformative Knowledge Networks have been selected from a field of 88 eligible submissions to the Call for Proposals that closed in March 2015. 

The Networks will be funded to conduct empirical research projects between 2016 and 2018 through the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for the Transformations to Sustainability Programme. They are:

All the networks are embedded in an overarching and growing network of researchers focusing on the theme of social transformation in the context of global environmental change and sustainability. The Programme Steering Committee also identified five additional proposals (see below) that were considered highly meritorious and for which the ISSC will attempt to raise funds from other sources. 

Five short-listed proposals:

Beyond Resource Extractivism: Resource justice as a global societal challenge (BEYOND-EXT)
Transformations 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
Sustainability challenges: resource extractivism, politics and justice

Future Coastal Livelihoods Network (FINE)
Transformations 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
Sustainability challenges: multiple stresses on coastal natural resources and ecosystem services

Just Sustainability: Building bridges for grassroots initiatives for socio-ecological justice (JUSTAINABILITY)
Transformations 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, and Turkey
Sustainability challenges: waste, GMOs, energy, right-to-the-city, climate justice
This network received seed funding under the first phase of the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Read more on the seed funded activities.

Political Economy of Energy Transitions (POLET)
Transformations 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, India, Denmark, Nigeria, Ukraine Germany, with UNEP and SE4All
Sustainability challenges: energy transition in low- and middle- income countries
This network received seed funding under the first phase of the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Read more on the seed funded activities. 

Towards Urban Food & Water Security: Integrating sustainable phosphorus management in urban decision-making (P-FUTURES)
Transformations 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, Vietnam, USA
Sustainability challenges: food security, phosphorus in urban water management
This network received seed funding under the first phase of the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Read more on the seed funded activities.