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 | 2019-01-17
New Lancet report demonstrates why diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet
Research news | 2018-12-19
How Multi-Actor Dialogues can unlock stalled negotiations
Research news | 2018-11-28
The seventh in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-20
The sixth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-15
The fifth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-08
The fourth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
2019 - Journal / article
Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both. Providing a growing global population with healthy diets from sustainable food systems is an immediate challenge. Although global food production of calories has kept pace with population growth, more than 820 million people have insufficient food and many more consume low-quality diet...
2018 - Journal / article
Financial actors and capital play a key role in extractive economic activities around the world, as well as in current efforts to avoid dangerous climate change. Here, in contrast to standard approaches in finance, sustainability and climate change, we elaborate in what ways financial actors affect key biomes around the world, and through this known “tipping elements” in the Earth system. We combine Earth system and sustainabi...
2018 - Report
The dual adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together with the Paris Climate Agreement, both in 2015, represents a global turning point. We have never before had such a universal development plan for people and planet. For the first time in human history the world has agreed on a democratically adopted roadmap for humanity’s future, which aims at attaining socially inclusive and highly aspirational socio-e...