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As the Paris agreement on limiting climate change enters into force, attention has turned to how to turn words into action, and to what adaptions, mitigation pathways and transformations will be needed to limit temperature increases to 1.5⁰C while continuing efforts to eradicate poverty. This is the challenge facing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), tasked with preparing a Special Report on the topic to be published in 2018. The International Social Science Council (ISSC) was invited to nominate a representative for the Scientific Steering Committee for the scoping of the Special Report in order to help strengthen the involvement of social scientists in IPCC processes. The ISSC also nominated a small number of social scientists to participate in the scoping workshop for the Special Report. Following up on the outcomes of the scoping process, the ISSC recently organized a webinar to discuss opportunities for social sciences to contribute further to the Special Report. Listen to the webinar (see below) and come back soon for a round-up of questions and answers to the questions posted before, during and after the webinar. 

Bringing about transformational change was also high on the agenda on for participants at our third Transformative Knowledge Workshop, which took place this week in New Delhi, India. The workshop took advantage of the location and the time to learn about transformational change from the struggles and successes of social movements in India. Participants from the funded networks and seed grants convened with representatives from civil society and authors of the recently published World Social Science Report 2016, ‘Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World’. A report from the workshop will be included in our next newsletter.

Finally, we’re very pleased that growing recognition of the need for transformations to sustainability is translating into action by research funders, with the recent pre-announcement of a new funding programme on T2S which will be implemented as a Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) in cooperation with the NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) network and the ISSC. Please share this newsletter with your contacts and keep sending us your transformational ideas as we build a Global Knowledge Trust on transformations to sustainability!

The third Transformative Knowledge Workshop is taking place this week at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, with the participation of all three Transformative Knowledge Networks. Almost one year into the networks’ activities, the workshop will focus on understanding the early stages of the transformative change processes and gearing up to mobilize change. It will also be a chance to deepen connections between the TKN projects and partners and build skills in managing complex projects. Find out more...
Call for reviewers
We're looking for scientists and other experts to review full proposals for the LIRA 2030 programme between Nov. 2016 and mid Jan. 2017. Proposals are for collaborative research projects to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. If you're interested or would like to suggest an expert, please get in touch by November 25th.
ICSU and ISSC members vote in favour of in principle merger
At an extraordinary General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and a General Assembly of the ISSC, the two organizations’ members voted overwhelmingly that the two organizations should merge. This in-principle decision followed a recommendation by the two organizations’ executives, setting the two councils on a trajectory to become one by October 2018. Watch the deliberations.
Free online course on climate justice
A free online course on the topic 'Climate Justice: Lessons from the Global South' begins on November 14th. The course will deal with some key issues related to the ethical dimensions of climate change – learning especially from the problems faced as well as the resilience models formulated by the marginalized sectors of society or the so-called “Global South”. The course is taught by Rainier Ibana of the Transformations to Sustainability Steering Committee. Join now.
Watch the webinar: the IPCC's 1.5°C Report - critical opportunities for social science to shape the future


Environmental Report 2016 - An integrated approach to environmental policy: the way forward, SRU: German Advisory Council on the Environment

World Social Science Report 2016 - Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World, ISSC, IDS, UNESCO


Exploring the governance and politics of transformations towards sustainability. Patterson, J. et al. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, September 2016

Water trajectories through non-networked infrastructure: insights from periurban Dar es Salaam, Cochabamba and Kolkata. Allen, A., Hofmann, P., Mukherjee, J & Walnycki, A. Urban Research & Practice, 2016.

Three horizons: a pathways practice for transformation. Sharpe, B., A. Hodgson, G. Leicester, A. Lyon, and Fazey, I. Ecology and Society, 2016.

The End of Desertification? Disputing Environmental Change in the Drylands. Behnke, R., Mortimore, M. (Eds). See also the related comment: 
Why we should stop talking about desertification. Scoones, I. July 2016.


Pre-Announcement: A Multilateral Joint Call for Proposals on Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) initiated by NORFACE and the Belmont Forum

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) Research Grants Programme competition: “Environmentalism, Impoverishment and Social Justice Movements: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” Grants up to USD $20,000 will be available to individual Arab researchers whose research focuses primarily on Arab societies. 


Future Earth Regional Workshop for Europe: Transdisciplinary research and co-design in practice
22 - 23 November 2016
Stockholm, Sweden
Registration closing soon

Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium
 17 - 19 May 2017
University of Michigan, USA 
Open for registration

Transformations 2017 - Transformations in Practice
August 30 - September 1 2017
Dundee, UK
Open for registration

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The Transformations to Sustainability Programme is coordinated by the ISSC and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
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