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Sustainable Transformations

What kind of sustainability concerns plague society today? Who takes them up at local to global scales? What struggles and transformations result in relation to issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, urbanization, and economic development?

How we think about sustainability influences the societies that are formed and contested, whether through political and social movements, climate change politics, economic and labor relations, or development.

Human geography and sociology at ISS focus on the social challenges of sustainability, including how transformations come about in inclusive, equitable and sustainable ways. We have internationally leading expertise on critical approaches to addressing these issues, helping to bridge the gaps between science, policy, and practice. At ISS, research and teaching:

  • Explores the role of politics, power, beliefs, emotions and worldviews in shaping food and energy transitions, social and institutional change and innovation.
  • Emphasizes critical and reflexive approaches to understanding transitions and transformations in society.
  • Studies how political ecology, futures thinking, economic and social innovations, and climate change responses are entangled with human/environment, nature/society, local/global, and urban/rural interactions.
Published July 20, 2022 9:16 PM - Last modified July 20, 2022 9:58 PM