‘Transformation as Praxis: Exploring Socially Just and Transdisciplinary Pathways to Sustainability in Marginal Environments’ (TAPESTRY) explores how transformation may arise ‘from below’ in marginal environments with high levels of uncertainty. It looks at transformative alliances between local communities, NGOs, scientists and state agencies, seeking socially just and ecologically sound alternatives based on local people’s understandings of what transformation entails.
TAPESTRY focuses on three ‘patches of transformation’ in India and Bangladesh – vulnerable coastal areas of Mumbai, the Sundarbans and Kutch. In these areas, we are exploring how hybrid alliances and innovative practices are reimagining sustainable development, and inspiring societal transformation.
Its conceptual innovation lies in studying transformation as praxis, by putting bottom-up change and the agency of marginalised people at the centre, and by analysing how co-produced transformations can be scaled up and out.