Creating a fair, prosperous world that maintains and strengthens Earth’s life-support system requires transformative changes. This stream aims to use and develop resilience thinking to understand and enhance social-ecological innovations and transformations towards sustainability. Our research is organized around three different approaches to transformations: (1) pathways and phases; (2) innovation and scaling; and (3) agency and capacities.
Important research questions and objectives include:
- How do transformation processes unfold and scale in different types of systems? What factors affect the pace and type of such changes?
- How and under which conditions can new ideas, experiments and initiatives lead to large-scale, systemic transformations towards sustainability?
- What could ‘good’ Anthropocenes look like, and who decides? How can potential “Seeds of a Good Anthropocene” (e.g. initiatives, technologies or social innovations) be identified and be combined to facilitate transformations towards sustainable futures?
- How do we build capacities to envision alternative futures, and how can the potential of those visions be assessed for whether they will contribute to transformations that are just, prosperous, and sustainable?
- How can we effectively link transformation theory and practice to mutually inform one another?
- What roles do system entrepreneurs, opportunity contexts, and transformative capacities play in transformations? How do context and agency interact within transformations?
- How can resilience science for transformation contribute to the new development agenda of the Anthropocene?
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2017 - Journal / article
The emerging discipline of sustainability science is focused explicitly on the dynamic interactions between nature and society and is committed to research that spans multiple scales and can support transitions toward greater sustainability. Because a growing body of place-based social-ecological sustainability research (PBSESR) has emerged in recent decades, there is a growing need to understand better how to maximize the ef...
2016 - Policy brief or report
This report was produced by the independent, tripartite, Working Group on Resilience Management and the Circular Economy working under the aegis of the High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management . Its members – senior civil servants drawn from the European and national administrations, experts and managers from leading innovative companies and prominent scholars from academia – have participated in its work in their pe...
The ARTS project is an EU-funded project that assess the role and impact of local sustainability initiatives in Brighton, Budapest, Dresden, Flanders and Stockholm. Read more here