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 Pathways to Sustainability responds to this gap by presenting a set of coherent, theoretically informed and methodologically innovative experiments from around the world that offer important insights for this growing field.

The book draws on content and cases from across the ‘Pathways’ Transformative Knowledge Network, an international group of six regional hubs working on sustainability challenges in their own local or national contexts. Each of these hubs reports on their experiences of ‘transformation laboratory’ processes in the following areas: sustainable agricultural and food systems for healthy livelihoods, with a focus on sustainable agri-food systems in the UK and open-source seeds in Argentina; low carbon energy and industrial transformations, focussing on mobile-enabled solar home systems in Kenya and social aspects of the green transformation in China; and water and waste for sustainable cities, looking at Xochimilco wetland in Mexico and Gurgaon in India. The book combines new empirical data from these processes with a novel analysis that represents both theoretical and methodological contributions. It is especially international in its scope, drawing inputs from North and South, mirroring the universality of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The book is of vital interest to academics, action researchers and funders, policy makers and civil-society organisations working on transformations to sustainability.

The Open Access version of this book, available at

www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9780429331930/transformative-pathways-sustainability-pathways-network, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

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ByAdrian Ely
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The ‘Pathways’ transformative knowledge network

ByAdrian Ely, Anabel Marin
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Emerging themes across the transformative knowledge network

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Transformations: Theory, research and action

ByAdrian Ely
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Transdisciplinary methods and T-Labs as transformative spaces for innovation in social-ecological systems

ByLaura Pereira, Per Olsson, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, Olive Zgambo, Nathan Oxley, Patrick Van Zwanenberg, J Mario Siqueiros-García, Adrian Ely
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Insights from different international contexts

chapter 5|23 pages

Towards a more sustainable food system in Brighton and Hove, UK

ByAdrian Ely, Elise Wach, Rachael Taylor, Ruth Segal, Rachael Durrant
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A collaborative, open source seed breeding initiative for sustainable agriculture
ByAnabel Marin, Patrick Van Zwanenberg, Almendra Cremaschi
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Making mobile solar energy inclusive
ByVictoria Chengo, Kennedy Mbeva, Joanes Atela, Rob Byrne, David Ockwell, Aschalew Tigabu
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The economic shock of a green transition in Hebei
ByLichao Yang, Chulin Jiang
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Wetlands under pressure

The experience of the Xochimilco T-Lab, Mexico
ByHallie Eakin, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, Rebecca Shelton, Beatriz Ruizpalacios, David Manuel-Navarrete, J. Mario Siqueiros-García
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Enabling transformations to sustainability

Rethinking urban water management in Gurgaon, India
ByDinesh Abrol, Pravin Kushwaha
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chapter 11|19 pages

Reframing sustainability challenges

ByFiona Marshall, Patrick Van Zwanenberg, Hallie Eakin, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, Adrian Ely, Anabel Marin, J. Mario Siqueiros-García
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chapter 12|27 pages

Emerging insights and lessons for the future

ByAdrian Ely, Anabel Marin, Fiona Marshall, Marina Apgar, Hallie Eakin, Laura Pereira, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, J Mario Siqueiros-García, Lichao Yang, Victoria Chengo, Dinesh Abrol, Pravin Kushwaha, Edward Hackett, David Manuel-Navarrete, Ritu Priya Mehrotra, Joanes Atela, Kennedy Mbeva, Joel Onyango, Per Olsson
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