About the Pathways Network

The PATHWAYS Network is a global project that explores how transformations to sustainability could happen across cultures and disciplines. In six sites around the world, we have set out to research and intervene in processes of transformation, in collaboration with civil society and policy makers. The aim is to discover and create inclusive, practical solutions to key sustainability problems in each place.

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The PATHWAYS Network builds links and allows the exchange of ideas between researchers in Latin America, Europe, Africa, China, North America and South Asia. It is the flagship project of the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium.

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Some of the researchers on the project, pictured at the inception workshop in Argentina. Photo: STEPS

In our six sites (in Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, China, the UK and India) the project is convening ‘Transformation Labs’ (T-Labs) to develop innovative responses to socio-ecological problems. The T-Labs incorporate creative methods to explore people’s visions, values and ideas for transformation.

The project covers three areas:

  • Sustainable agricultural and food systems for healthy livelihoods
  • Low carbon energy transitions that serve the needs of the poor
  • Waste and water for sustainable cities

Funding and aims

T2S-LogoThe project is one of three ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’ funded as part of the innovative Transformations to Sustainability (T2) Programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC). It started in 2016 and will run for three years.

The programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

In keeping with the T2S programme, the project focuses on learning, creating dialogue between researchers and non-academics; and developing and combining research methods in an interdisciplinary way. See Methods for more information on how we work.


Adrian Ely, SPRU/ESRC STEPS Centre, UK
[email protected]

Patrick van Zwanenberg, Fundacion CENIT/STEPS America Latina, Argentina
[email protected]

Project partners

The project is co-led by the Argentina and UK hubs, based at CENIT/STEPS America Latina in Argentina, and SPRU/ESRC STEPS Centre in the UK.

  • ESRC STEPS Centre and SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex, UK
  • Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformacion (CENIT), Argentina
  • Africa Sustainability Hub and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya
  • Beijing Normal University, China
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • Arizona State University, USA
  • Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad (LANCIS), Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, Mexico
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden