In 2015 the International Social Sciences Council established a research programme on Transformations to Sustainability. This programme seeks to strengthen social responses to climate change and environmental concerns. It has established three Transformative Knowledge Networks linking scientists, educators, civil society, policy makers, business and other stakeholders together.
Learning as been identified as an important driver of change towards sustainability. Yet, we know little about the type of transformative, transgressive learning (t-learning) that could potentially enable such change.
In response, this t-learning transformative knowledge network, focusing specifically on transgressive social learning for social-ecological sustainability in times of climate change, will seek to uncover and enable t-learning processes at the climate-energy-food-water security and social justice nexus. We aim to generate, surface and describe qualities of T-learning processes, and their role and contribution to sustainability transformations.
Our specific objectives are to:
1. Investigate and expand the emergence and qualities of t-learning processes in selected food-water-energy-climate-social justice nexus contexts in diverse niche level settings,
2. Investigate and identify potential ‘germ cell’ sustainability activities and engage these in potential expansions within a multi-levelled perspective, and trace how this is done, and
3. Develop generative t-learning methodologies for informing social-ecological science research and praxis, and extend current theoretical work on t-learning within the social-ecological sciences.
We will pursue these objectives via co-engaged processes of working with diverse actors across nine countries in selected t-learning community sites (t-learning LABS) in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe to develop inter-cultural understanding of such learning processes.
Through co-engaged research and actively engaged t-learning processes, network members aim to shape practice, theory and methodology for t-learning, developing the theory and practice of t-learing in practice.
Visit the rest of our website:
- Our news and views section will carry up to date news and views on t-learning research.
- The case studies will share updates of the work emerging in our T-LEARNING LABS in the different countries.
- The resources page will share papers we are publishing, as well as videos, podcasts, webinars and other material to support t-learning research and practice. We also share insights into readings that inspire our work.
- The research school will share insight into t-learning narratives, methods and approaches. In time, we will also add short on-line research school courses focussing on t-learning research as activism.