Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda

Ioan Fazey, Peter Moug, Simon Allen, Kate Beckmann, David J. Blackwood, Mike Bonaventura, Kathryn Burnett, Mike Danson, Ruth Falconer, Alexandre S. Gagnon, Rachel Harkness, Anthony Hodgson, Lorens Holm, Katherine N. Irvine, Ragne Low, Christopher Lyon, Anna Moss, Clare Moran, Larissa Naylor, Karen O’BrienShona Russell, Sarah Skerratt, Jennifer Rao-Williams, Ruth Wolstenholme

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The concept of transformation in relation to climate and other global change is increasingly receiving attention. The concept provides important opportunities to help examine how rapid and fundamental change to address contemporary global challenges can be facilitated. This paper contributes to discussions about transformation by providing a social science, arts and humanities perspective to open up discussion and set out a research agenda about what it means to transform and the dimensions, limitations and possibilities for transformation. Key focal areas include: (1) change theories, (2) knowing whether transformation has occurred or is occurring; (3) knowledge production and use; (4), governance; (5) how dimensions of social justice inform transformation; (6) the limits of human nature; (7) the role of the utopian impulse; (8) working with the present to create new futures; and (9) human consciousness. In addition to presenting a set of research questions around these themes the paper highlights that much deeper engagement with complex social processes is required; that there are vast opportunities for social science, humanities and the arts to engage more directly with the climate challenge; that there is a need for a massive upscaling of efforts to understand and shape desired forms of change; and that, in addition to helping answer important questions about how to facilitate change, a key role of the social sciences, humanities and the arts in addressing climate change is to critique current societal patterns and to open up new thinking. Through such critique and by being more explicit about what is meant by transformation, greater opportunities will be provided for opening up a dialogue about change, possible futures and about what it means to re-shape the way in which people live.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-217
Number of pages21
JournalClimate and Development
Volume10
Issue number3
Early online date9 Apr 2017
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Fazey, I., Moug, P., Allen, S., Beckmann, K., Blackwood, D. J., Bonaventura, M., ... Wolstenholme, R. (2018). Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda. Climate and Development, 10(3), 197-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2017.1301864
Fazey, Ioan ; Moug, Peter ; Allen, Simon ; Beckmann, Kate ; Blackwood, David J. ; Bonaventura, Mike ; Burnett, Kathryn ; Danson, Mike ; Falconer, Ruth ; Gagnon, Alexandre S. ; Harkness, Rachel ; Hodgson, Anthony ; Holm, Lorens ; Irvine, Katherine N. ; Low, Ragne ; Lyon, Christopher ; Moss, Anna ; Moran, Clare ; Naylor, Larissa ; O’Brien, Karen ; Russell, Shona ; Skerratt, Sarah ; Rao-Williams, Jennifer ; Wolstenholme, Ruth. / Transformation in a changing climate : a research agenda. In: Climate and Development. 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 197-217.
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Fazey I, Moug P, Allen S, Beckmann K, Blackwood DJ, Bonaventura M et al. Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda. Climate and Development. 2018;10(3):197-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2017.1301864