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, in the south of Ghana. The project includes 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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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 or 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, as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process until August 14th. Future Earth and the Belmont Forum have recently 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 about either of the two special issues or to make a proposal.

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Webinar: Understanding and Addressing the Pandemic – Insights from Anthropology

14 April, 13:00 UTC | 15:00 CEST

The ISC presents its fifth webinar in a six-part series on COVID and the Social SciencesUnderstanding and Addressing the Pandemic: Insights from Anthropology.

The series explores the impact of the social sciences on the pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on the social sciences.

This webinar will address the following two questions:
  • How has Anthropology provided useful insights into thinking about the pandemic and in formulating responses to the pandemic?
  • How has the pandemic impacted on developments within Anthropology and on the changing relationship of Anthropology to other disciplines?
Find out more about the webinar and register

The series has already covered EconomicsPsychologySociology and Political Science. The final episode in the series will cover Statistics.

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POLLEN 2022: The 4th Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network

The 2022 Pollen conference will be a fully virtual, interactive event taking place over 4-days from 28 June – 1 July 2022.

More details can be found online here.

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