Learning Community

Welcome to the webpage of the Learning Community. We are an international, online community of circa 80 scientists, policymakers and practitioners who share an interest in learning for sustainable development. This community was set up following three sessions on learning at the International Sustainability Conference 2016. Its aim is to enhance the learning capacity of those who examine or seek to stimulate or organize learning processes. It brings together people working on learning in transitions and those working on social learning in natural resources management. By connecting these usually rather seperate communities, we hope to create synergies and to identify and address cross-cutting questions.



On a regular basis we plan to co-organize webinars with TIAS on a theme that is of direct relevance to those interested in learning. We will use this page to share information about past and future webinars.

  • Conceptualization and measurement of learning (16th of November 2016, co-organized with TIAS, hosted on Adobe Connect). The webinar presentations and synthesis report are posted here
  • The next webinar is planned for May 2017 and will focus on social learning and the design and implementation of interventions.

Potential themes for future webinars include the role of learning in transitions, transformative learning or research methods for studying learning. We welcome suggestions for speakers or themes!


Conference sessions

At the International Sustainability Transitions conference 2017, the coordinators of the Learning Community will organize a session on learning. More information will follow.

This Learning Community is a follow-up of the following sessions that were organized at the International Sustainability Conference 2016: Session A2: Dialogue Session “Conceptualizing and measuring social learning: challenges and ways forward” chaired by Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Geeske Scholz and Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Session programme

Brief Summary of Discussions

Sessions J1 and K1: Dialogue Sessions “The role of learning in understanding and governing sustainability transitions (Part I and Part II)” chaired by Johannes Halbe and Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Session programme and results

All presentations have been posted on a password-protected website. You can obtain the link and the password by sending an e-mail to learningcommunity@tias-web.info.


Special issue

The coordinators of the Learning Community are involved in editing a special issue on “Learning in Transitions” to be published in the Journal of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transformation. The call for abstracts is closed. The editorial team consists of: Barbara van Mierlo, PJ Beers, Johannes Halbe, Geeske Scholz and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf.



This learning community is coordinated by Johannes Halbe, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Geeske Scholz and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf. We all work at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück. This community is kindly supported by The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS). All members of the coordinating team are active members of TIAS. If you would like to engage with TIAS, you can become a member. TIAS depends on the support of individuals and organizations and welcomes donations.


Want to become involved?

If you would like to be on our mailinglist or if you have ideas for further cooperation in the form of joint webinars, conference sessions or dedicated workshops, please send an e-mail to learningcommunity@tias-web.info.