Roundtable: What does ‘transformation(s) to sustainability’ mean today?

Thursday, 4 March at 15h–16h CET
Roundtable: What does ‘transformation(s) to sustainability’ mean today?

On 4 March 2021 the Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme convened three leading scholars and practitioners – Ulrich Brand, Cheikh Mbow and Karen O’Brien – for a roundtable discussion of some of the critical questions for research on transformations to sustainability, including:

The discussion was moderated by Susanne Moser.

Listen to the recording of the discussion here.


Sarah Moore
Science Officer

Learn more about the T2S programme at

📨 To keep up to date with T2S programme events and outputs, sign up for the quarterly Transformations to Sustainability newsletter.

Related resources

Check out some of the following reflections on transformation and transformative research:

Presentations (of ca. 25 mins) at the Transformations to Sustainability launch event in 2014 on questions such as:

Film (11 mins) on ‘Transformations in Practice’, recorded at the Transformations Conference 2019, in Dundee.

Talk by Giuseppe Feola on 9 February 2021 reviewing uses of the term ‘transformation’ since 2010: ‘Transformation to sustainability: theoretical roots and (some) research directions’.

Brand, U. 2016. “Transformation” as a New Critical Orthodoxy: The Strategic Use of the Term “Transformation” Does Not Prevent Multiple Crises. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives on Science and Society 25(1):23-27. DOI: 10.14512/gaia.25.1.7

Brand, U. and Wissen, M. 2021. The Imperial Mode of Living. Everyday Life and the Ecological Crisis of Capitalism. Verso.

O’Brien, K. 2018. Is the 1.5°C target possible? Exploring the three spheres of transformation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2018, 31:153–160.

Please let us know if you know of other open access films or written reflections on the meaning of ‘transformations’ and ‘transformative science for sustainability’, by writing to us at

Header photo: Bankim Desai via unsplash.

Skip to content