Arts For Sustainability Transformations (A4ST) is a broad alliance between organisations, institutions and networks worldwide. Below are the links for these partners and networks that through A4ST project, are collaboratively working to articulate the role the arts can play in sustainability transformations.

Through this collaborative effort we have identified key exemplary cases worldwide and we are currently developing a documentary film about these projects and initiatives.



LUCSUS research addresses complex sustainability challenges with a critical perspective and a solutions-based approach. Our research projects focus on sustainability challenges such as water conflicts, food security, land use changes and urban transformations - and is often conducted in international cooperation. LUCSUS research strives to catalyse change, on both a local and a global level, for a more sustainable society and future.

Stockholm Resilience Centre, since its launch in 2007, SRC has developed into a world-leading science centre for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity. The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy Sciences.

University of Oslo, Depart of Sociology and Human Geography, The Climate and Society group specializes in research on transformations to sustainability. Prof. Karen O’Brien

York University, Department of Environment and Geography and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television. Environment and Geography has a strong interdisciplinary approach working across natural, physical and social sciences. Prof. Ioan Fazey

University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, The Sorbonne school of arts is the largest art school in France with more than 3000 students. The ACTE institute is one of the leading research center on contemporary arts in France. In particular, the Art&Flux team questions interdisciplinary issues at the interface between art, energy, the environment and social dynamics. Prof. Antoine Mandel and Prof. Yann Toma

Rhodes University (South Africa), the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) and SARChI Chair in Global Change and Social Learning Systems focusses on research aimed at transformations to sustainability. The Chair has been strongly engaged in developing transformation theory, as well as transformative learning practice. Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka.

Global Climate Forum, conduct high-level research on climate change and related global challenges. Members comprise institutes, (insurance) companies, NGOs, and individual researchers. Prof. Dr. Carlo C. Jaeger, Prof. Diana Mangalagiu and Dr. J. David Tàbara

KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. The environmental humanities are characterised by a hybrid nature, combining skills, methods, and theories from several humanities disciplines – historical, aesthetic, visual, anthropological, etc. – with problems and issues of high relevance for society and informed by science and technology. Prof. Sverker Sörlin

Sacha Kagan, is a pioneering researcher in the field of arts and sustainability, who contributed significantly over the past 15 years to open this transdisciplinary research field and to the development of the field through both theoretical approaches and empirical research.

IIASA, established in 1972, the institute conducts policy-oriented research into issues that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. This includes pressing concerns that affect the future of all of humanity, such as climate change, energy security, population ageing, and sustainable development. IIASA Science & Art project has developed a method to create research projects involving artists and scientists.

Stockholm University of the Arts, has research education within 5 areas: choreography, film and media, opera, performing arts and in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art also visual arts.

University of Białystok, is the largest institution of higher education in North-East Poland. The Social Art Workshop engages artists, social researchers, cultural animators, activists, educators and local leaders. The workshop is aimed at building bridges between art and other areas of social experience in order to address social needs and problems, and to bring about social change.

CNRS, is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of the French Ministry in charge of research. Nathalie Blanc is a pionneer of ecocriticism in France, she has published and coordinated research programs on areas including habitability, environmental aesthetics, literature & environment and nature in the city.


Julie’s Bicycle, is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability., working with world renowned artists and partners, ART2030 facilitates exciting art projects connected to the UN Global Goals - including public events, art experiences, multi-platform communication, and educational activities.

Capefarewell, works internationally, we bring creatives, scientists and informers together to stimulate a cultural narrative that will engage and inspire a sustainable and vibrant future society.

Climarte, aim is to create a strong arts voice to join with other concerned citizens in calling for immediate, effective and creative action to secure a safe future for humankind and for all life on Earth

cChange, connects people with the knowledge and tools to enhance leadership capacity and collaborative power. cCHANGE focuses on the power of imagination and creation, bringing together the best of art and science to facilitate new types of responses to climate change.

Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, is a public consortium comprising the City Council of Barcelona, the Municipal Council. The Agency’s aim is to rethink cities in terms of sustainability. BCNecologia applies a systemic and transdisciplinary approach to city management in order to reach urban sustainability.


The Arctic Cycle , uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action.

Arts Twenty-Thirdy, advocates for the use of artists’ creativity to communicate the SDGs and inspire global audiences to take action towards a more sustainable future.

EU-IMPRESSIONS, worked with the arts as part of a broader strategy to advance understanding of the implications of high-end climate change, involving temperature increases above 2°C, and to help decision-makers apply such knowledge within integrated adaptation and mitigation strategies. Link to publications

ArtConnects (University of Oslo), as part of a larger project (AdaptationConnects), ArtConnects explore “integration through art,” including the role of art in adaptation processes. It will emphasis how art can help visualise the imagined and open up unexplored perspectives that reveal new patterns and capacities for change.

Konnect, brings together art students and environmental scientists to discuss some of the major environmental challenges that the world faces and prototype novel works of art.

H2020-PERFORM, aims to investigate the effects of the use of innovative science education methods based on performing arts in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in selected secondary schools in France, Spain and the United Kingdom.