With the participation of GreenFormation, a new COST Action project kicked off in Brussels on 31st October to help align transformation research. The TransformERS (Transformations international Experience and Research network for Sustainable futures) project is based on the premise that socially just and sustainable transformation is needed to avoid further grave impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. The project is thus dedicated to aid this process through putting together pieces of relevant knowledge held by a variety of stakeholders (including policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers from various contexts, disciplines and focus) within and beyond the sustainability research community. There is a high necessity to link these different pieces together to 1) identify what transformation-relevant knowledge is held and by whom; 2) understand how the different pieces fit together; 3) understand what the big picture is – what we know about transformations collectively; and 4) identify the missing pieces – understand what we still need to create knowledge on. TransformERS creates a networking infrastructure to meet these 4 needs with objectives to 1) inform transformation policy; 2) shape transformations research and practice; 3) train transformations researchers from across broad disciplines and topics. Read more about the project here.
We consist of dedicated individuals with a diverse background ranging from ecology through economy and policy to geography. We focus on biodiversity and the well-being of society, sufficient energy use, socio-economic transition and transformation as well as behaviour change. For this we carry out research, we measure impacts, we provide advice and we do projects. We involve multiple stakeholders, we build dialogues and bridges. We bring experience and networks from both Western and Eastern Europe.