‘Pathways’ Network: Transformative pathways to sustainability

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The PATHWAYS Network carries out comparative research in six countries to explore how to work with local people on social transformations in the context of environmental change. We are conducting ‘Transformation Labs’ (T-Labs) with diverse groups in each country to address a specific socio-ecological problem.

We aim to provoke change, test methods, learn from each other and share our learning more widely.

About the project

Book: Transformative Pathways to Sustainability – Learning across disciplines, cultures and contexts

Published by Routledge, Pathways to Sustainability series
Edited by Adrian Ely
September 2021
Open Access


Guide to Transformation Labs

T-Labs: A Practical Guide
Using Transformation Labs (T-Labs) for innovation in social-ecological systems

Pathways Network
October 2018

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Case studies and learning

Our case studies are in China, Kenya, Argentina, Mexico, India and the UK. We are sharing insights from the project through blog posts and other materials. We are also comparing our experiences and learning from each other through ‘co-learning’ blogposts, events and exchanges.

Case studies


‘Transformation Labs’ (T-labs) aim to produce social innovations to address problems in which society and ecology are entangled. They are process which can include research, interviews and workshops combining a number of methods.

Read about our methods


Read academic papers, video and other outputs from the project.

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TInternational Science Councilhe project is one of three ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’ funded as part of the innovative Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) 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).

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