Transformations to Sustainability

The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme supports solutions-oriented, international research for sustainability, led by social scientists and jointly produced with societal stakeholders.

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The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme promotes research on the complex social transformations needed to address problems of global environmental change, as well as on interrelated societal problems such as poverty, corruption, migration, social discontent and conflict.

What does it do?

T2S supports an innovative, solution-oriented approach to sustainability research that:

  • is framed and led by social scientists;
  • involves all relevant knowledge holders – from social, natural and engineering sciences, the humanities, civil society, media and policy domains – at all stages of the research process;
  • involves researchers in all regions of the world, including low- and middle-income countries.

T2S thereby aims to:

  • Inform the development of more effective, durable and equitable solutions to the problems of environmental change and sustainability;
  • Promote the use of the best available knowledge about social transformations by researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector and citizens.

T2S has three main lines of activity:

  • Supporting innovative research: Since 2014 the programme has awarded 38 seed grants and three major grants for international ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’.
  • Promoting knowledge exchange and research capacity: The programme organizes events and activities to facilitate research collaboration across low- and high-income countries and to develop skills for doing inter- and transdisciplinary research.
  • Building a lasting global knowledge base: Knowledge created through the programme aims to inform the development of solutions to sustainability challenges for the long term. Its growing network of researchers and practitioners stretches around the globe, connecting research to policy, practice and civil society at all levels.

The Programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and contributes to the work of Future Earth, the global research platform.

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