T-Practice Workshop: Connecting science to sustainability transformations: how to create transformative research?

Speakers: Esther Turnhout (University of Twente), Josephine Chambers (Utrecht University)

Many commentators lament the lack of action in response to evidence of environmental crises, making reference to a broken science-policy contract (Turnhout and Lahsen 2022). In response, we have seen calls to shift research priorities to the production of actionable knowledge. Although participatory approaches are on the rise (Chambers et al.), there has been no fundamental reprioritization of research-agendas to support transformative change. Reasons are related to the role vested interests in science and policy (Lahsen and Turnhout 2021) and a lack of alternative imaginaries for research and how it can connect to policy and society (Maas et al. 2022).