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Challenging Research

In a series of events in 2021 entitled Challenging Research, we asked critical questions on the way we use and think about methodologies in sustainability research. About the series Faced with multiple intersecting crises and long-term social and ecological problems, sustainability research is called to challenge power, revealing alternative pathways to diverse futures. But it…

Gathering knowledges – Umbela Conversatorio #3

In connection with our 2021 Methods theme, the Mexico-based NGO Umbela – Transformaciones Sostenibles has held a series of online events on the theme of ‘Cultivating Knowledges’. In this third event, the conversation focuses on Gathering knowledges. ‘Gathering knowledges’ is a conversation where we speak from the collective, from the organisations that have sown diverse…

Theatre as a participatory methodology for action research

Theatre can be used, as part of action research, to enable researchers and participants to explore, reflect and co-create understanding and knowledge on an issue. Participatory theatre can open up spaces for dialogue and understanding between the range of participants through the development of the script, setting up the logistics and the performance itself. In…

Serious games

A ‘serious game’ is a game played for educational, exploratory or research purposes to explore the complexity of a particular issue. These are distinct from games that are played purely for entertainment. In the video clip below, Dr Nicolas Saillou of ETH Zurich describes how he builds and uses ‘serious games’ for exploring natural resource…

Mānoa Mash-up Method

The Mānoa Mash-up method was developed by researchers at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at the University of Stellenbosch to build positive and just visions of the future for given specific contexts. The methodology is a combination of the Mānoa Method and 3 Transitions Method and involves bringing together participants who have…

The ‘Methods bazaar’: what did we learn about transdisciplinary methods for sustainability?

What methods can help to ‘open up’ and ‘broaden out’ pathways to sustainability, revealing alternatives to one-track visions of progress and expertise? Sustainability challenges – from Covid-19 to climate change, agri-food futures to urbanisation – require thinking carefully about the relationships between power, knowledge and action. Transdisciplinary methods can offer a way to make new…

Methods bazaar: Transdisciplinary methods for sustainability

  An online knowledge exchange event for researchers and other participants in sustainability initiatives interested in transdisciplinary methods 8 November 2021 15.00 – 18.00 UTC/GMT BLOG: The Methods ‘bazaar’ – What did we learn about transdisciplinary methods for sustainability? Video and reflections from the event, including short talks by researchers with experience of using methods…

Transformative Pathways to Sustainability: Learning Across Disciplines, Cultures and Contexts

Edited by Adrian Ely Routledge, Pathways to Sustainability Series (2021) Open Access Read/Download this book Transformations to sustainability are increasingly the focus of research and policy discussions around the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the different roles played by transdisciplinary research in contributing to social transformations across diverse settings have been neglected in the literature. Transformative…

Printing the Calamity: Pattachitra Scrolls on Tropical Cyclones and Natural Disasters in Shyamnagar, Shatkhira

By Sumaiya Binte Anwar, Research Officer, ICCCAD; Mahmuda Akter, Research Officer, ICCCAD; Faizah Jaheen Ahmed Research Intern, ICCCAD “We are the people of coastal area, Our sufferings know no bounds, We have to survive fighting various disasters.” —Shagorika Mondol, song sung to pattachitra scroll on disaster awareness How do you creatively inform the community about…

ARIN/ASH Summer School on Decolonizing Sustainability Research

15-22 August 2021 Organised by the Africa Research & Impact Network and Africa Sustainability Hub Deadline for applications: 1 June 2021 Full details (ARIN website) Application form Background In the Global South, ‘coloniality’ has long been associated with political rule over subordinated countries. 1. Struggles for ‘decoloniality’ have evolved from the undoing of colonial rule, to the…

Methods: The sowing of shared dreams – Umbela Conversatorio #2

In connection with our 2021 Methods theme, the Mexico-based NGO Umbela – Transformaciones Sostenibles is holding a series of online events on the theme of ‘Cultivating Knowledges’. In the second event in this series, The sowing of shared dreams, Tania, Enrico, Mirna and Loni talk about how to plant dreams, utopias that they describe as…

ARIN Webinar: Multidimensionality of Methods

Webinar organised by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). 8 July 2021 This webinar explores multiple facets of research (such as funding flows, research politics, and the perceived research power dynamics between female and male researcher), and how collectively they promote or undermine decoloniality of methods. Considering that different disciplines have variety in methodological…

Transformations Conference: Tales of Uncertainty, Resilience and Transformation Through Visual Stories and Narratives

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. We focus how participatory storytelling, through visual methods, facilitates an engaged process of building knowledge from below by sketching issues of vivencia representing climate change, uncertainty and transformative actions in South Asia. The participants discuss potential, limitations and scope for co-creation of knowledge….

Transformations Conference: Transformations from within: Towards a 2nd person epistemologies & methodologies

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. Presenters: Jesús M. Siqueiros, Alex Penn; Lakshmi Charli-Joseph; Beth Cullen; Marina Apgar; Andrew Stirling Abstract: Structural, systemic and enabling transformations towards sustainability require reconnecting to our local environment and the biosphere in general (i.e., Folke et al. 2011, Scoones et al. 2020, among…

Transformations Conference: Africa – ‘Philosophical Underpinnings’ In Decolonizing Research Methods For Transformation Towards Sustainability

This plenary session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. This event is convened by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). CONVENERS: Joanes Atela and Joel Onyango. With contributions from Andrew Stirling, Laura Pereira, Nadia Sitas, and Jessica Cockburn View conference programme Background In contributing to the decoloniality imperative, the session…

T-Lab: Transformation As Praxis – Responding To Climate Change Uncertainties In Marginal Environments In South Asia

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. In this session we present and open for debate experiences and challenges (methodological and conceptual) from carrying out project research on transformation from ‘below’ in marginal environments in South Asia marked by high levels of climate-related uncertainties and where transformative changes are being assembled…

Transformations Conference: Theories and Perspectives of Transformations

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. A live Q&A session with the authors of the presentations in this Interactive Session will take place at the scheduled time. Registered participants can watch the pre-recorded presentations from 7/06/2021 until 31/08/2021. Speakers: Bruce Goldstein Cristina Costa Salavedra Neha Mungekar Paulina Aldunce Andy Stirling…

Transformations conference: Transformative Responses to Climate Uncertainties in South Asia

This session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021. In this session we present and open for debate experiences and challenges (methodological and conceptual) from carrying out project research on transformation from ‘below’ in marginal environments in South Asia marked by high levels of climate-related uncertainties and where transformative changes are being…

Transformations Conference 2021: STEPS Methods Sessions

The upcoming annual Transformations Conference will feature a talks by STEPS colleagues reflecting on questions of methods and methodology. These talks will form part of the Centre’s theme for 2021: Methods. The sessions will take place on 17-18 June, and are open to registered participants of the 2021 Transformations Conference. The Sessions Theories and Perspectives…

Methods video: Regenerating the soil for new roots – Umbela Conversatorio #1

Our colleagues in Mexico have have launched the first webinar in a four-part series, Cultivating Knowledges. The first webinar was convened in April by Umbela Transformaciones Sostenibles and LANCIS-IE-UNAM and brought together four “knowledges cultivators” from Colombia and Mexico. They discussed how they expanded their belief systems in order to incorporate more plural ways of…