This project's key question is how can learning fruitfully contribute to Sustainability Transitions (ST). Its objectives are 1) to develop a new analytical and conceptual framework for investigating the connections between learning processes, the transformation of habits and customs, and (potential) STs; 2) to identify the key conditions for learning to contribute to STs; and 3) to develop a roadmap for future research in diverse settings and contexts. Achieving a breakthrough requires us to successfully connect the process and outcomes of micro learning processes to the emergence of macro societal transitions.
Transactional pragmatism provides valuable inspiration to investigate the learning that takes shape in response to sustainability problems that are increasingly disturbing our habitual way of acting. It will be used to develop a novel analytical and conceptual framework by building on earlier work in environmental and sustainability education research, didactics and sustainability transition studies (WP1). The newly developed analytical toolbox will be applied to empirical data collected in three case studies: a sustainable food system in Ghent, sustainable mobility in Wetteren and a sustainable way of handling plastics in Flanders (WP2). The analyses focus on identifying key patterns of how learning through engagement with sustainability problems results in the consolidation, enrichment or (trans)formation of habits and customs (WP3), assessing and categorising the outcomes of learning episodes in terms of their potential to contribute to STs (WP4), and analysing (changes in) the socio-technical systems in the three cases in order to identify and describe potential STs in-the-making (WP5). Synthesis should result in succesfully tracing the connections between the learning process, outcomes of learning and (potential) STs (WP6). Finally, we will develop hypothesis and a research agenda as a roadmap for future research (WP7)
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