‘T-learning’ refers to transformative, transgressive learning in times of climate change.

Radical changes in society are needed for responding to climate change, and for transforming to sustainability. It is increasingly clear that people everywhere will need to learn to transform to sustainability in ways that are socially just, peaceful and ecologically sustainable.

It is now already widely known that transformations to sustainability can occur if people learn to make changes at niche level. This can drive wider social changes and regime shift transformations, especially if such forms of learning become more collective. 

Transformations to sustainability do not come about easily because of ‘lock-ins’ in the system. Transformative, transgressive types of learning are needed to help ‘unlock’ the lock-ins and to strengthen wider forms of collective social learning.

Yet, we know little about the type of transformative, transgressive learning (t-learning) that enables such change.

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The t-learning transformative knowledge network actively works on reframing dominant narratives in education and learning spaces. It embraces a commitment to the commons and the common good, to decolonisation, the good life, ecological economics, real sustainability and will seek to bring environmental and social justice into being.

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Research School

The t-learning transformative knowledge network has launched a virtual, interconnected research school to support young researchers undertaking t-learning research in times of climate change.

The t-learning research school focusses on emancipatory and sustainability processes, and supports the role of research in bringing about social change (research as activism).

The t-learning research school recognises that research is complicit in moral action that generates knowledge with both human and more than human beings. It supports research that seeks to enrich the common good in direct ways that are linked to social activities and practices.

It encourages researchers to develop new methodologies that are co-engaged, and that are transformative in nature, and that actively support t-learning processes.

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T-learning stands for transformative, transgressive learning in times of climate change.

The T-learning Transformative Knowledge Network aims to facilitate deeper understanding of the role of learning in transformations to sustainability.

The T-learning TKN is a not-for-profit research and knowledge co-production network.

The T-learning TKN welcomes participation from graduate and postgraduate researchers, academics, civil society and public sector organisations involved in co-learning, and facilitating and developing t-learning knowledge that is oriented towards social justice and common good.

This short form asks you to provide some information on yourself and your interest in, and experience in t-learning knowledge co-production. In particular, the form seeks to capture how you might wish to be involved in the T-learning TKN as it develops.

Once you have filled in the questionnaire, and depending on your choices, we will link you up to the TKN communications and activities as per your preferred options should you meet the criteria for participation noted above.

NOTE: All information submitted on this form will only be used for facilitating participation in the T-learning Transformative Knowledge Network, and for non-commercial communications related to advancing T-learning knowledge, theory and practice.

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The work reported on via this website is based on the research supported in part by the Transformations to Sustainability Programme, which is coordinated by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and implemented in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa (Grant Number ISSC2015-150314115141). The transformations to Sustainability Programme represents a contribution to Future Earth.  The National Research Foundation of South Africa supports the work of the SARChI Chair in Transformative Social Learning Systems and Green Skills Learning Pathways, which is hosting the implementation of this T-learning Transformative Knowledge Network and its research programme. The support and support in kind of partner organisations in the T-learning Knowledge Network is also acknowledged.