SustainabilITI: Towards a Socio-Ecological Transformation

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RISE submitted the SustainabilITI ITI application, a 4-year programme dedicated to sustainability research and training.

Since 2021, FERED has facilitated community involvement in major sustainability science projects at both national and European levels, as well as attracting top-tier talents. It has established national and international collaborations and enhanced the visibility of Unistra in these areas. FERED has played a significant role in shaping the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals and researchers, while developing internationally recognized research, focusing on key areas of water and urban sustainability. Operating within seven LivingLabs integrated into international networks and involving partnerships with public and private sector entities, FERED is dedicated to sustainability research and education. Leveraging the diversity and complementarity of its entities and members, it lays the groundwork for SustainabilITI. This four-year program aims to understand, co-create, experiment with, and disseminate innovative concepts and approaches for socio-ecological transformation of aquatic and urban systems. SustainabilITI will examine the dynamics of socio-ecosystems in relation to climate and anthropogenic constraints, at the core of societal and territorial transitions. It will develop and implement transdisciplinary and structuring methods and tools for research and its training programme. This effort aims to introduce new concepts, approaches, and scenarios to address the complexity of socio-hydrosystem and urban socio-ecosystem transitions, as well as their governance. Additionally, it will create new integrative tools to support management and decision-making. SustainabilITI's overarching vision is to consolidate its expertise and promising research and education initiatives in the fields of continental water sustainability and urban sustainability at the international level, establishing itself as a globally renowned Institute for Sustainability.