Environmental Governance for Transformative Action

The social and ecological problems we face nowadays are not isolated, but represent the diverse processes of interaction, transaction and knowledge mobilization between stakeholders, and their relation to human environmental impact.

Environmental governance problems are more than resource conflicts: they refer to social inequalities and injustices, mismatches between solutions and context conditions and dynamics that operate across different geographical scales. Therefore, we need new approaches to understand the complex relations between global transformations of social and ecological systems. At Transition Academy, we explore and apply new frameworks and tools, to tap into the knowledge capitals and draw new transformative agendas and actions.

Our Expertise

Our expertise on the governance of linked social, ecological and technological systems has been developed and tested in diverse international research projects and is continuously informed and updated. Examples are the IMPRESSIONS research project (www.impressions-project.eu) that aims to advance understanding of the implications of high-end climate change and the URBES research project on the understanding environmental governance in different cities across Europe. Our team also integrates cutting edge knowledge and experience from other practitioners and researchers in our network by involving them as lecturers and speakers.

TAC Offer

At the Transition Academy, we offer a dual approach. First, we take a theoretical and interpretive approach towards the transitions and resilience frameworks. Second, drawing on a process-oriented perspective and on our empirical work, we show how these conceptual insights translate into different Transition Management designs and applications. You learn to use your new tools to set up knowledge co-production processes that create strategic environmental agendas. As a result, you gain the insights to inform and inspire action that will deal with current transformations while taking into consideration global and national justice and equity.


Do you want to read more about Sustainability Transitions and Transition Governance? Make a start with these key publications or subscribe to our newsletter, for the latest insights from research and practice.

  • Frantzeskaki, N., Jhagroe, S., and Howlett, M., (2016). Greening the state? The framing of sustainability in Dutch infrastructure governance. Environmental Science and Policy, 58, 123-130.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., and Kabisch, N., (2016), Designing a knowledge co-production operating space for urban environmental governance, Lessons from Rotterdam, Netherlands and Berlin, Germany, Environmental Science and Policy, Article in Press.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Slinger, J.H., Vreugdenhil, H., and Van Daalen, E., (2010). Social-ecological systems governance: from paradigm to management approach, Nature and Culture, 5(1), 84–98.
  • Frantzeskaki, N. and Tilie, N., (2014). The dynamics of urban ecosystem governance in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. AMBIO, 43, 542–555.