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Pathways from research to sustainable development: insights from ten research projects in sustainability and resilience


  • Scaini, Anna
  • Mulligan, Joseph
  • Berg, Håkan
  • Brangarí, Albert
  • Bukachi, Vera
  • Carenzo, Sebastian
  • Chau Thi, Da
  • Courtney-Mustaphi, Colin
  • Ekblom, Anneli
  • Fjelde, Hanne
  • Fridahl, Mathias
  • Hansson, Anders
  • Hicks, Lettice
  • Höjer, Mattias
  • Juma, Benard
  • Kain, Jaan-Henrik
  • Kariuki, Rebecca W.
  • Kim, Soben
  • Lane, Paul
  • Leizeaga, Ainara
  • Lindborg, Regina
  • Livsey, John
  • Lyon, Steve W.
  • Marchant, Rob
  • McConville, Jennifer R.
  • Munishi, Linus
  • Nilsson, David
  • Olang, Luke
  • Olin, Stefan
  • Olsson, Lennart
  • Rogers, Peter Msumali
  • Rousk, Johannes
  • Sandén, Hans
  • Sasaki, Nophea
  • Shoemaker, Anna
  • Smith, Benjamin
  • Thai Huynh Phuong, Lan
  • Varela Varela, Ana
  • Venkatappa, Manjunatha
  • Vico, Giulia
  • Von Uexkull, Nina
  • Wamsler, Christine
  • Wondie, Menale
  • Zapata, Patrick
  • Zapata Campos, María José
  • Manzoni, Stefano
  • Tompsett, Anna


Drawing on collective experience from ten collaborative research projects focused on the Global South, we identify three major challenges that impede the translation of research on sustainability and resilience into better-informed choices by individuals and policy-makers that in turn can support transformation to a sustainable future. The three challenges comprise: (i) converting knowledge produced during research projects into successful knowledge application; (ii) scaling up knowledge in time when research projects are short-term and potential impacts are long-term; and (iii) scaling up knowledge across space, from local research sites to larger-scale or even global impact. Some potential pathways for funding agencies to overcome these challenges include providing targeted prolonged funding for dissemination and outreach, and facilitating collaboration and coordination across different sites, research teams, and partner organizations. By systematically documenting these challenges, we hope to pave the way for further innovations in the research cycle.

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  • Scaini, Anna & Mulligan, Joseph & Berg, Håkan & Brangarí, Albert & Bukachi, Vera & Carenzo, Sebastian & Chau Thi, Da & Courtney-Mustaphi, Colin & Ekblom, Anneli & Fjelde, Hanne & Fridahl, Mathias & Ha, 2024. "Pathways from research to sustainable development: insights from ten research projects in sustainability and resilience," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 122096, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:122096

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    upscaling; climate change adaptation; knowledge co-creation; knowledge transfer; resilience; sustainable development goals; 2016-06359; 2016-06355; 2016-06297; 2016-06300; 2016-06327; 2016-06329; 2016-06334; 2016-06289; 2016-06313; 2016-06389;
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    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development

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