Knowledge infrastructure for transformation: Design, implementation, evaluation of platforms to develop TIP research knowledge and practice

Past Event
20 January 2022 17:30 (GMT)
20 January 2022 18:30 (GMT)

Established in 2020, the Global Sustainable Futures: Progress through Partnerships Network (GSFN) materialised out of the need to connect Global South with Global North and co-address sustainable futures challenges through constructive partnerships.

The Network is successfully working to deliver full-fledged collaborative and interactive activities and co-creation of knowledge and practices beyond national borders and academic disciplines and contribute to SDGs Agenda 2030 and beyond. The Network is creating collaboration/partnerships across low-, middle-, and high-income countries, reaching out through its coordinators to secure sustainable global futures, both urgent and vital.

The Network has planned many engaging, interactive, inclusive, enthusiastic programs for networking and capacity development, starting from the first day of 2021. Currently, the Network comprises 700 coordinators from 101 countries. The group is inclusive and accessible for academics, systems thinkers, innovation practitioners, change-makers, creative voices, etc. Any discipline that wants to enable sustainable transitions for future generations is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have forged connections outside of academia with other stakeholders such as government, community groups and business.

This session will introduce the Global Sustainable Futures Network platform, discuss its aims and objectives, the importance of having such a platform, the Network activities and how the Network contributes to broader sustainable development, aligned to its vision and goals. The discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges and how this community of practice can motivate others to initiate such innovative platforms.

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Knowledge infrastructures for transformation
Capacity building


Renuka Thakore
Dr Renuka Thakore, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) PIEMA AFHEA, Founder of Global Sustainable Futures: Progress through Partnership Network, University College of Estate Management, UK, provides leadership to a global network, administering multidisciplinary activities and research partnerships development platform. Her research interests include sustainability and sustainable development and transformations. Her passion is to investigate the challenges of natural and societal systems and identify emerging trends that are competent in offering sustainable solutions. She contributes to this knowledge by revealing the strategic reality of real-world problems researched through transdisciplinarity and systems thinking. She is trying to widen the knowledge base from concepts to the real world, bringing together technologies, future scenarios, different elements of the built environment, societal systems evaluated through the multi-dimensional integrated framing of sustainable development.
Alaiha Rathore
An expert in environmental impact assessment, Alaiha Rathore is an environmental management graduate from the National College of Business, Administration, and Economics. Over the years Alaiha has achieved certification in a number of issues relating to the environment, education, and women health from international institutes such as in International Women’s Health & Human Rights from Stanford University, Introduction to Family Engagement in Education from Harvard University, and taken a number of certifications from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) & Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) in issues relating to Designing Multidimensional Poverty Index and Nature-Based Solution For Sustainable Development. She has worked with a number of organizations including piloting a project for WWF focused on converting biodegradable waste to natural fertilizers and running active plantation drives throughout Lahore. She is a strong advocate for taking practical approaches to Pakistan’s rising environmental problems. Currently, she is working on a number of projects with the U.S Embassy and The Asia Foundation. She is the First Pakistani female children’s book author working on a project with the European Union, advocating on environmental issues, recycling, and sustainability. Alaiha has also received a Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People (Bronze Standard) for Public Services. Currently, Alaiha is a member of many organizations such as Millenimun Campus Network (MCN) where she is getting her training from the United Nation Impact Academy (UNIA) and Global Sustainable Futures She is one of the coordinators from 100 countries. Alaiha Rathore has also been a part of many conferences, she has also served as a Panellist speaker representing Pakistan in a Regional Dialog for Climate Solutions for South Asia held virtually hosted a Sri Lanka, where she spoke about the aspects of the Multi-dimensional Poverty index and how It will and has an impact on the climate change. She has also taken part in many learning opportunities and is currently part of an online course (Social Protection for Sustainable Development) by United Nation System Staff College (UNSSC).
Abd El Hamid Sherief
Sustainable Development, Green Technologies MSc. Candidate and enthusiast; multidisciplinary at hard with both environmental engineering and business studies in addition to interests in green entrepreneurship, space and writing. He is the kind of character who would be taking courses on the Arctic, write poems on Lucy Space Mission to the Trojan Asteroids and would suggest carbon financing schemes to finance the protection of the Amazon rainforests from wildfires. Ideally, Abd El Hamid is interested in interdisciplinary discussions and cross-cutting knowledge sharing with interest in fast movement of ideas shared in classrooms into real world applications. Abd El Hamid thinks that automation and the over-reliance on technology increases risk factors and should raise more questions for sustainability practitioners than what is currently raised in addition to political and socio-cultural impacts on our definition of the social contract and the human spirit. "
Kushal Adhikari
Dr. Adhikari is a Ph.D. graduate in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and now serves as a faculty member at Humboldt State University. His research interest lies in integrating sustainability dimensions into engineering, thus building a sustainable and resilient society while using appropriate ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Dr. Adhikari’s major research projects include water sustainability via reclamation and reuse, climate-smart agriculture, optimization techniques for water resources management, food-energy-water nexus, and materials sustainability, among others. As a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, he looks forward to continuing sustainability efforts via research, teaching and global engagement. Alongside, he also serves as Guest Editor on sustainability related issues across multiple journals and is an active member in professional organizations and international networks including Global Sustainable Futures: Progress through Partnerships Network (GSFN).