Sustainable Transitions Theme
Rapid change is the defining feature of our way of life. With an appropriate trajectory and process guidance for change management we can unleash our potential to create and live in a sustainableworld. It’s that important.
“Sustainable Transitions” research addresses the need to rethink our conventional model of development with the aim of sustainable transformation in mind. Civil society requires new tools for managing the transition to post-industrial and post-agrarian society, a field of inquiry that has generally lacked political and academic leadership to date. Our transition management work aims towards greater environmental, economic and social sustainability, in part, through changes in institutional governance. Institutional regulatory and policy drivers and barriers, economic valuation, technical innovation and consumption form the core concepts for our work. In particular, these concepts are applied both to the practices of businesses and corresponding government policy and law.
Sustainability requires radical change in the way that businesses do business. From what they make and sell, to how they organise and operate. We consider how both large and small, dynamic companies will meet the challenges and solve the problems that sustainability poses. Drawing on novel research and case examples of decentralised research organisations, and building on theories of collaborative team work, systems analysis and complexity theory, we aim to show that dynamic companies effectively stimulate the radical innovation that is necessary to meet the current sustainability challenges that we face.