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?
Research news | 2020-11-24
While hurdles remain, the region can build on the shared history of collaboration to tackle food system challenges together, new insight papers show
Research news | 2020-11-13
The clothing industry is dominated by a clutch of powerful companies, but interest groups around them are crucial in efforts to make it more sustainable
Research news | 2020-10-23
Tackling alarming decline in nature needs a ‘safety net’ of multiple, ambitious goals, say researchers
Research news | 2020-09-24
Humanity relies on nature in a wide variety of ways. Opening up a diversity of perspectives is critical to identify pathways towards desirable futures
Research news | 2020-09-21
A successful transformation goes through phases, and each phase must be navigated carefully
Research news | 2020-09-20
It’s not clear what eating ‘less’ and ‘better’ meat entails. This may have consequences for sustainability
2020 - Paper
This first installment of the Nordic food system transformation series introduces the project Towards sustainable Nordic food systems. The project aims to bring together policymakers and food system actors to explore‘what’s next’ when it comes to sustainable Nordic food systems. This Insight Paper explores the motivation for the project and details the process used to gain insights from stakeholders across the Nordic region re...
2020 - Journal / article
2020 - Journal / article
Achieving a rapid global decarbonization to stabilize the climate critically depends on activating contagious and fast-spreading processes of social and technological change within the next few years. Drawing on expert elicitation, an expert workshop, and a review of literature, which provides a comprehensive analysis on this topic, we propose concrete interventions to induce positive social tipping dynamics and a rapid global...