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Webinar: Transformative Knowledge Networks

Date: June 29, 2016

The Transformations to Sustainability programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) has announced an open webinar that will air on 5 July at 17:00 CEST. The Transformations programme, which is managed by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), represents a significant contribution to Future Earth. In this webinar, you will hear more about the programme and its three funded research networks and hear about how they are co-developing integrated research led by social scientists on topics such as environmental justice and conflict; sustainable urban water and agricultural systems; and how learning can create transformative change towards sustainability.

Research on global change and sustainability increasingly goes hand in hand with calls for profound change and social transformation – but what do we know about these processes in different, concrete contexts of application? What can social science-led research contribute to generating solutions and transformative change towards sustainability and social justice?

Join us for a webinar with researchers from the Transformations to Sustainability Transformative Knowledge Networks to discuss solutions-oriented research in practice. Find out more about how the networks intend to contribute to transformative change towards sustainability and social justice, ask questions and share ideas on solutions-oriented research involving co-design and co-production. This webinar will also generate discussions and new ideas for the Future Earth Transformations Knowledge-Action Network, a collaborative platform for research and engagement on societal transformations to sustainability.

Register to join the discussion here.

Speakers include:

  • Mathieu Denis, Executive Director, International Social Science Council (ISSC).
  • Adrian Ely, Transformative pathways to sustainability: learning across disciplines, contexts and cultures (PATHWAYS) network; STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability), United Kingdom. PATHWAYS focuses on three themes:sustainable urban water and waste; low carbon energy transitions for the poor; and sustainable agricultural and food systems for healthy livelihoods.
  • Ashish Kothari, Academic-Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (ACKnowl-EJ) network; Kalpavriksh Environment Action group, India. The ACKnowl-EJ network will emphasize and dissect the processes of knowledge production against ‘extractivism’ and towards transformative sustainability from the ground up.
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Transgressive Social Learning for Social-Ecological Sustainability in times of Climate Change (T-LEARNING); Rhodes University, South Africa. Changes in human activities and social systems are critical to mitigating climate change and creating transformations to sustainability; T-LEARNING focuses on the type of learning that creates such change, how such learning emerges, or how it can be scaled-up to create transformations at many levels.

The discussion will be moderated by Susi Moser, Senior Advisor to the Transformations to Sustainability programme and member of the Future Earth Science Committee.

The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme supports research to help advance transformations to more sustainable and equitable societies around the globe. An updated programme for the webinar and biographies of all speakers will be posted on the ISSC website in the coming days.