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

Carsten Butsch - Bodai near kolkata periurban landscape

A walk through water-related transformations in peri-urban India

The project H2O–T2S investigates water-related transformation processes in peri-urban areas in India. For its kick-off meeting, the project team conducted joint exploratory field work in the peri-urban areas of Pune, Kolkata and Hyderabad, followed by a two-day workshop in Hyderabad. In each of the study areas the team visited two …
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TRUEPATH's citizen-science approach gets underway with the installation of weather stations on Nicaraguan farms

Through April and May 2019, the teams of Centro Humboldt and Nitlapan have been installing weather stations on different farms in the municipalities of Río Blanco and Mulukukú, Nicaragua. This marks the start of the TRUEPATH project’s citizen-science approach to generate local climate data, and to process and use that data in …
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Artistic methods bring miners’ perspectives to the fore

The Gold Matters project team held its first workshop in Ghana, from 25 to 29 March 2019, including a visit to goldfields in Tarkwa. The project is enriched by collaboration with artists, including the painter Christophe Sawadogo (Burkina Faso) and the photographer Nii Obodai (Ghana). Eleanor Fisher, Gold Matters project leader, said “Their work provides creative ways …
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Miners in eastern Guinea

Ancient West African tradition anticipated sustainability discussion

Persian chronicler Ibn el Faqih in the tenth century noted how people in the mineral-rich Birimian belt in West Africa would “extract gold like farmers cultivate carrots”. Only recently have miners in the area started to abandon traditional ritual …
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Towards convivial conservation: CON-VIVA’s project team meet in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

In March 2019, the Convivial Conservation (CON-VIVA) research project held its initial project meeting in the Parque Nacional Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Iguaçu Falls, a multinational and multidisciplinary team discussed how the idea of safeguarding peaceful, just coexistence between apex predators and communities can be turned into a reality. CON-VIVA aims …
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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...
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Funding and calls

Belmont Forum and Future Earth: Future Earth invites contributions to research priorities and recommendations on human migration and global change by 14 August. Future Earth and the Belmont Forum have developed a preliminary synthesis document on research priorities for Human Migration and Global Change. Feedback from institutions and individuals will be incorporated into a final version of the document, which will then serve as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process for a future Collaborative Research Action (often involving a call for proposals). See the invitation to provide feedback and view other Belmont Forum funding opportunities.

Call for paper(s): The T2S team are looking for authors interested in addressing an aspect or aspects of social transformation in relation to ‘frameworks and models to capture social-ecological interactions – resilience and complexity’, to fit into a special issue of the journal Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) on that topic. The special issue is due for publication in August 2020, with a paper deadline of December 2019. The paper(s) would also form part of a virtual special issue of COSUST on the ‘State of knowledge on social transformation’. A possible angle for a paper could be ‘trade-offs and conflicts in integrative approaches to management of social-ecological systems for sustainability’, but other ideas are welcome. Please contact Sarah Moore for more information or to make a proposal.

Call for abstracts: Co-developed and co-implemented: Advancing transdisciplinary approaches to global change challenges. This session at the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall meeting is convened by Erica Key of the Belmont Forum. Abstracts for the session are now being accepted.

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XVII Biennal IASC Conference: In defense of the commons: Challenge, Innovation and Actions
1-4 July
Catholic University of Lima, Peru

Researchers from the TRUEPATH project will present TRUEPATH and their research on green microfinance and environmental governance more generally.

The Politics of Uncertainty – Practical Challenges for Transformative Action
3-5 July 2019
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

This international academic symposium will explore the theme of uncertainty. Researchers involved in the TAPESTRY and GoST projects are among the speakers.

Questioning the (un)sustainability of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining [Panel at ASA19]
3 September
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

This GOLD MATTERS panel at ASA19 will consider what anthropology has to offer for understanding possible futures in mining worlds.

Transformations 2019: Learning from Transformative Action and Thinking
16-18 October
University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Transformations 2019 aims to provide a platform for reciprocal learning between less and more developed contexts, and between researchers and practitioners, in order to enhance both practice and theory to support transformative changes for addressing climate change and other contemporary societal and environmental challenges.

See our website for all forthcoming events.
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