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


Stories of transformations to sustainability films and multimedia website out now

We are proud to launch seven short films from the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Six films present insights from specific projects, showing how they worked with communities in diverse places around the world to understand the complex relations between social structures, the material world and environmental and social change. A longer conceptual film explores some of the difficult questions around transformations to sustainability and proposes approaches to tackling the defining challenge of our times.

The films can be subtitled in around 80 different languages. We hope you will find them a useful resource, and will help us to share them widely.

Resources round-up: latest outputs from the T2S community

Articles, blogs, videos, media coverage and more from the T2S programme projects and related research...

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News from the T2S community:

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Waterproofing Data project shortlisted for Times Higher Education Awards ‘AHSS project of the year’ 2022

We congratulate the Waterproofing Data project on being shortlisted for the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards ‘Project of the Year’ in the category of ‘Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ for its work on flood memories in Brazil.

You can find out more about the Waterproofing memories project in a short documentary series available on YouTube in Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles.

Open Access teaching kit on intellectual property and sustainability transition

Findings from the IPACST project demonstrate that intellectual property (IP) forms an integral part of a sustainability-oriented business. However, businesses acknowledge a general lack of awareness and insufficient guidelines about using IP for facilitating sustainability transition. By combining expert knowledge from strategic IP management, business models and sustainability fields, the IPACST team has created a free open access teaching kit for anyone interested in learning about IP and sustainability. Find out more and access the teaching kit.

In September, IPACST was a co-partner of the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) 2022 conference, holding a roundtable on IP for a sustainable business.
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'People who transform' video series

The AGENTS Project recently launched a series of films called ‘People who transform’, in which local people in the Amazon were invited to produce short movies using their mobile phones.

The goal was to give visibility to sustainable initiatives developed by local populations in the region. The series includes initiatives related to timber and non-timbermanagement, fishing management, organic agriculture, agroforestry in small-farms and traditional communities, oil production in indigenous communities, art and craft by women’s organizations, social technology for irrigation, learning-practice for education and a social fund to collective projects. A total of 17 films were produced and are available online.

AGENTS also co-organized an audiovisual workshop for young people in Santarem, Brazil, to train and empower young people to use audiovisual technologies in order to communicate the initiatives that are taking place in their communities.
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New Catch in Town

New Catch In Town, a video created by The Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic together with the TAPESTRY project and Bombay 61, shows a co-created solution from Mumbai’s oldest communities that has the potential to remove 5000 kgs of rubbish every month from Mumbai’s creeks. The participatory process that gave rise to this solution is detailed in a report that also shares recommendations for local policy-makers.

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Governing groundwater in Ravangaon, Maharashtra, India

The T2GS team in India organized a one-day dissemination workshop that brought together around 100 people to learn about and discuss the key findings of the study done in Ravangaon village, Maharashtra, India.

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TAPESTRY meetings and workshops discuss findings

The TAPESTRY project has been busy with several events in recent weeks, including a national roundtable, an exhibition of co-produced images and maps, and community workshops.

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Calls and other opportunities

Call for papers: Using Liberation Pedagogies and Knowledge Systems to Build Communities of Resistance to Address Environmental and Climate Injustices
This special issue of Environmental Justice welcomes papers that explore the intersections of environmental justice, liberation struggles, scientific research and knowledge systems, to build communities of resistance.

All manuscripts should be submitted for consideration by 31 December 2022. Find out more here.

IPBES Call for nominations of experts to participate in the methodological assessment of the impact and dependence of business on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people
This assessment is aimed at categorizing how businesses depend on, and impact, biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people and at identifying criteria and indicators for measuring that dependence and impact, taking into consideration how such metrics can be integrated into other aspects of sustainability. Find out more here.


Transformations Gathering 2023
June/July 2023
Online and in person in Sydney, Australia
More details coming soon - to get involved with conference design please complete the survey here.

See our website for all forthcoming events.
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