by Franz Skala
(Photo: (c) Jana Madzigon)
Transformation is a complex long-term process with very slow progress
This cross-sectional task requires the cooperation of all key actors in politics, economy (producers and consumers), civil society
Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary basic and applied research is needed
Alternative research questions should be formulated and the work on them financed
Good life for all should be a guiding goal for the research – all citizens of the world have the same right on a good life
“Growth and Jobs” is no sustainable development strategy
The “Netzwerk sozial-ökologische Transformation” presented a “Memorandum on the need of social-ecological transformation research in Austria“, which is supported by a broad network of researchers from Austrian university and non-university research institutions.
The research to meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Goals should cover obstacles and risks as well as learning from pioneers of change, innovative policies and results from experiments. It should help to accelerate the complex socio-ecologic transformation process towards a sustainable society.