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.

Upcoming webinar: “How a Social Learning Approach can Support the Design and Implementation of Interventions will take placeon Tuesday the 27th of June, 14:30-16:00 CEST (GMT +2). Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Blane Harvey will reflect on interventionist research and limits and challenges of social learning approaches with a  focus on the global South and international development. This interactive webinar is organized by Romina Rodela and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf. The webinar is the 2nd in a series of webinars on learning, which are coordinated by the Learning Community, a working group of TIAS. See the attached invitation for more information. To register, please go to: http://www.tias-web.info/webinar-registration-27-june-2017/

Information about previous webinars:

Conference sessions

At the International Sustainability Transitions conference 2017, the coordinators of the Learning Community organize the dialogue session: Understanding learning for governing sustainability transitions (session G23). This session builds upon the sessions on learning that we had at IST 2017 and will pay explicit attention to our community. It takes place on Tuesday, the 20th of June from 15:00-16:30 (Lindholmen 12).

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. A workshop for contributors is organized on the 22nd of July in Gothenburg, Sweden.



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.