Transformation research : exploring methods for an emerging research field / by Julia Wittmayer, Katharina Hölscher (DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam), Stephanie Wunder (Ecologic Institute, Berlin), Sylvia Veenhoff (German Environment Agency, Dessau-Roßlau) ; on behalf of the German Environment Agency ; study performed by: Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) Erasmus University Rotterdam ; edited by: Section I 1.1 Fundamental Aspects, Sustainability Strategies and Scenarios, Sustainable Resource Use Sylvia Veenhoff
VerfasserWittmayer, Julia M. ; Hölscher, Katharina ; Wunder, Stephanie ; Veenhoff, Sylvia
KörperschaftDeutschland ; Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
ErschienenDessau-Roßlau : Umweltbundesamt, January 2018
Umfang1 Online-Ressource (29 Seiten, 1,46 MB)
Study completed in: February 2017
Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 20-29
SerieTexte ; 2018, 01
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Transformation research [1.46 mb]
The last years calls surged for a transformation research which addresses the increasing global environmental and social challenges and supports transformations towards sustainability. As transformation research developed rapidly in relation to various societal domains and established research strands there is currently a need for self-reflection with regard to empirical and theoretical concepts foci and frameworks. Especially the far-reaching ambitions of transformation research namely to contribute actively to societal change processes towards sustainability are controversially debated and need a critical reflection of research approaches and methods. This working paper contributes to the ongoing discussion about transformation research. We argue that transformation research is not (yet) an established research field but an emerging research perspective that joins together different research streams focusing on societal change towards sustainability. We analyse the goals contents results and research approaches of this perspective as well as its social science methods. A specific focus of this paper is on the description and analysis of suitable methods for transformation research. We analyse social-science methods with regard to their contributions to the goals results and research foci of transformation research as well as their use in descriptive-analytical and transformative research approaches.