Grant for ‘Transformations to Sustainability’




The ISSC call for Transformations to Sustainability from 2014 is now closed.


The ‘Transformations to Sustainability’ programme is a grant programme of the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC), pharm which aims to support the development of a series of Transformative Knowledge Networks. These networks will conduct research on social transformations related to concrete challenges of global change and sustainability.

38 research initiatives were awarded within this programme. SSEESS supported two of them, the ‘Justainability’ and ‘T-learning’ programme, following its policy to strengthen networks between GEC scientists from Sweden and developing countries. The seed funding of 30 000 euros was intended to allow the two rewarded social scientists:

  • to build necessary partnerships with colleagues from other disciplines and fields and from different countries
  • to identify and establish contact with relevant societal stakeholders
  • to engage identified stakeholders as knowledge partners in the co-design of proposals to develop Transformative Knowledge Networks

You will find more information about these two projects and all the other winners of this seed grant on ISSC’s website.

Supported projects by SSEESS


Justainability: Towards ‘just sustainability’. Exploring grassroots initiatives to merge social and environmental justice


Grassroots organisations and local communities have resisted contamination, expropriation and exploitation while experimenting with creative alternatives to the mainstream organisation of collective life.

With partners in eight countries – Brazil, India, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey -, Justainability aims to recover those experiences through the organisation of local labs through which researchers, activists, local communities, and artists will gather stories of resistance and endurance. Dr Marco Armiero, director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, is the main applicant of this seed grant.



T-Learning: Transgressive Learning and Transformative Climate Change Adaptation

Adaptation to climate change requires innovative forms of learning at inter-linked levels and scales in a wide variety of contexts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2014) reports that there is a strong need for learning-centred approaches to climate change adaptation, yet little research has been done on this type of learning, or on how such learning emerges or can be expanded.

With different stakeholders across eight countries – South Africa, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, India, Vietnam, Sweden, and the Netherlands -, the project ‘T-learning’ aims to initiate, frame and investigate a transgressive, creative, boundary crossing approach to learning. Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka, director of Environmental Learning Research Centre and Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability Rhodes University in South Africa, is the main applicant of this seed grant.