Transformations to Sustainability is a Belmont Forum-NORFACE Joint Research Programme


Enabling positive tipping points in an uncertain world

In recent weeks members of the T2S community have been very active in two major conferences on sustainability transformations.

First, the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2021) brought together thousands of researchers for many virtual sessions and in-person events in Brisbane, Australia. Several members of the T2S community joined a session on Critical social science perspectives on transformations to sustainability – emerging framings and approaches. All congress registrants can watch the video now, and you can find out more in the blog posted by Akriti Jain (IPACST project) ahead of the session. We are currently working to make some clips available more widely, and these should be added to the T2S website in due course.

Immediately after the SRI Congress, the 2021 Transformations conference included several sessions on the T2S projects. Registered participants - including anyone who signs up before the end of August - have access to the recorded sessions and can still participate in the chat discussions until the end of August.

More news and opinion from the T2S community:

Network compass

Navigating towards sustainability: how research networks can make a difference using the ‘network compass’

Addressing complex sustainability problems requires more than scientific knowledge. Researchers must collaborate with societal actors from government, business and civil society, and engage in the co-production of knowledge and action. Sustainability-oriented networks can help to foster this co-production as they link different types of actors across various scales. But how can such networks effectively facilitate co-production? The ‘network compass’ offers guidance in supporting networks to reflect on effective strategies for sustainability transformations.

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Faced with devastating cyclones, how are women in coastal Bangladesh building resilience?

The TAPESTRY project focuses on how vulnerable and marginalized people in areas with a high risk of climate uncertainty are building their own agency, by working together on sustainable responses to uncertainties in ‘patches’ of transformation. This blog explores how people from Shyamnagar and Satkhira (especially women) are becoming more involved in adaptation practices.

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Transformation to Sustainability in the Amazon: The Role of Place-Based Farming Initiatives

In a lecture for the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, Eduardo Brondizio, project lead for the AGENTS project, reflects on the opportunities and challenges of place-based sustainability initiatives in the Amazon in light of development inequalities, global markets and climate change.

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Resources round-up: latest publications from the T2S community

Articles, book chapters, media coverage and more from the T2S programme projects and related research - our latest resources round-up is a bumper edition...

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Reading recommendations from our network

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Photo story: How could camel milk change the fortunes of Gujarat’s pastoralists?
by Ranit Chatterjee, Rohit Jha, Sahjeevan, Shilpi Srivastava, Lyla Mehta, Nobuhito Ohte, Shibaji Bose, TAPESTRY project.

Kachchh is a dryland in Western India with a dynamic ecosystem. The livestock-based economy has always been one of the most important sources of livelihood. In this arid to semi-arid region, pastoralism has been practiced for generations, providing an important source of food and income. However, in mainstream conservation and policy discourses, pastoralism is denigrated as backward and unproductive, and often blamed for the degradation of mangroves and their habitats.

The TAPESTRY project research is taking place in the midst of transformations, with camel rearing said to be being revived and demand for camel milk increasing.

Article: (Un)making in sustainability transformation beyond capitalism
This paper by Giuseppe Feola, Olga Koretskaya and Danika Moore explores sustainability transformations through the lens of processes of making and un-making, based on analysis of an ongoing sustainability transformation, the territorios campesinos agroalimentarios (TCA) movement in Colombia. It sets out the basis for a research agenda that is sensitive to the analysis of transformation as a multifaceted, multilevel process that entails the deconstruction of capitalist modernity and the construction of post-capitalist realities.

Some of the ideas in the paper were presented by Giuseppe Feola during the 2020 virtual meeting of the T2S programme and we hope you will enjoy reading it. Please contact us if you are unable to access the full paper at the link above and would like to receive a copy.

Calls and other opportunities:

Call for Papers: The Management of Intellectual Property in Times of Rapid Institutional Change
This special issue of World Patent Information, which is organized in collaboration with the IPACST project, explores the management of intellectual property (IP) in times of substantial institutional change. First submissions should be made by 1 October 2021.

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INASP Online Courses: Research Writing in the Sciences (2021)
These courses are designed for researchers in developing countries working in a scientific field (life sciences / natural sciences / other related fields). They are particularly suitable for early career researchers, or those with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals, and are free for participants:
  • 7th September to 2nd November: Research and Proposal Writing in the Sciences
Find out more on our website.

Sustainability: Call for papers on Transformations for a Sustainable Future
A special issue of the journal Sustainability will feature research articles, reviews, and case studies that explore transformations from various theoretical, methodological, conceptual, and geographic perspectives. Manuscripts can be submitted until 31 December 2021, and a full call is available on our website.

Connect with the T2S Community

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes conference
5-8 July 2021

Unleashing Science: Delivering Missions for Sustainability
6 July 2021

Symposium: Evidence for Action: Aligning the Climate and SDG Agendas, 20-22 July 2021
20-22 July 2021

Webinar series: Reimagining Groundwater Governance (gwG) with a special emphasis on India
20, 27 July & 3, 10 August

Human Development and Capability Association Conference: ‘Capabilities and Transformative Institutions’
19-22 September 2022

See our website for all forthcoming events.
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