Day I: Action-oriented research for sustainability transformations

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Public webinar on 18 March 2021

Interested in action-oriented research for sustainability transformations? We invite you to join the discussion on how to co-create actionable transformative knowledge across disciplines and cultures and for different contexts.

Calls have rapidly grown for new ways of doing research for sustainability transformations. The transdisciplinary turn emphasises the need for actionable knowledge that is co-created with the practitioners. Actionable, solution-oriented knowledge is requested ever more strongly by the research funding bodies as well, such as European Commission, Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland or the new Innosuisse flagship funding in Switzerland.

As co-created solutions are demanded from research to tackle the wicked sustainability problems of our time, questions about how we conduct such research, which research methodologies are the most appropriate for providing co-created transformative knowledge and what problems arise from these entangled forms of research practice need to be addressed. We need to have a critical look on what kind of knowledge action-oriented research can produce and how this knowledge participates in the making of sustainability transformations.

Come and join the webinar with Dir. Guido Caniglia and Prof. Stephan Rist to discuss the applications of action-oriented research across multiple disciplines and cultures. 

Dir. Guido Caniglia is the Scientific Director of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research. In his work, Dir. Caniglia studies and contributes to shaping new experiments, methods, and theories in sustainability science and education. He is interested in how those can help to create knowledge and capacities for sustainability transformations.

Prof. Stephan Rist is Professor for human geography at the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern. He also works at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern. The geographic focus is on Latin America and Africa and he is involved in several international research projects, dealing, inter alia, with transdisciplinary research approaches aiming at the enhancement of social transformation in view of environmental justice.

The keynote speeches by Dir. Caniglia and Prof. Rist will be recorded and made available after the event. 

Public Webinar Programme for Day I

Thursday 18 March 2021 at 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EET

Minna Kaljonen (SYKE), Theresa Tribaldos (CDE)

Action-oriented knowledge for sustainability: Balancing pluralism and integration in a diverse field
Dir. Guido Caniglia, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (Austria)

Transdisciplinarity across spaces and cultures
Prof. Stephan Rist, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern (Switzerland)

Commentary note
Research Director Eeva Primmer, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Dr. Sabin Bieri, Centre for Developmemnt and Environment (CDE)

Questions and discussion

Webinar recording

Upcoming webinars

  • 3 June 2021 at 10:00 EET – Just transitions, together with the Just food project, with keynote speeches from Prof. David Schlosberg (SEI), Dr. Mari Martiskainen (SPRU) and Research Prof. Minna Kaljonen (SYKE), more information coming soon
  • Fall 2021 – Theories of Change, more information coming soon

More infromation

If there are any questions, don't hesitate to contact:

  • Minna Kaljonen, Research professor, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE,, Tel. +358 295 251 252
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The webinar is part of webinar series organised to promote reflective and critical discussion on methodologies and new research questions posed by sustainability transformations amongst researchers and the wider public. The webinar series was collectively organised by Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE, Finland), Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom). The CDE engagement in the seminars was supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, while the SYKE engagement was funded by SYKE seed money.

    Published 2021-02-04 at 12:00, updated 2022-02-22 at 11:35
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