In the last few years, transformation research has gained increasing attention as means of studying socio-ecological crises and radical change towards sustainability. Especially the transformative research mode, through which research actively engages in societal change processes, is intensely debated. This workshop, organized by DRIFT with support from Ecologic Institute, aimed at self-reflection on empirical and theoretical foci, frameworks and suitable research methods in transformation research. The workshop report is available for download.
25 (inter)national experts in transformation research participated in the discussion around this emerging research field. After some impulse presentation, the following questions where discussed:
- What is transformation research?
- What are research approaches of transformation research?
- What are methods of transformation research?
In a final world cafe, methods and results of transformation research where discussed in three groups. The results will be published in the project report.
The workshop was part of the project From Niche to Mainstream – How to Spread Sustainable Practices funded by the German Environment Agency and Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and led by the Ecologic Institute with DRIFT as partner institution.