program format & FINAL program

This year the three universities will partner to create a week with a truly global experience that involves both online and in-person activities, in which conference participants will virtually travel through three different time zones and continents, with the opportunity to also meet in person.

The conference will be run through a single integrated conference and abstract submission system. Over the course of the week, each university will virtually host 1 online conference day on the conference platform, in their respective time-zone. This is followed by 1 in-person conference day in Stellenbosch, Melbourne, and Washington DC.


  • Prof Xuemai Bai, Distinguished Professor, Urban Environment and Human Ecology, Fenner School of Environment and Society.
  • Dr Chantal Naidoo, Founder and Principal Associate of Rabia Greening Finance.
  • Dr Flor Avelino, Professor of Organizations and Sustainability.
  • Prof Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities and South African Research Chair in Urban Policy.
  • Prof Benjamin Sovacool, Director, Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS)Professor, College of Arts Sciences, Earth &Environment.
  • Gaël Giraud, Director, Director, Environmental Justice ProgramProfessor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.
  • Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.


A Newcomers & Early Career Session is currently in consideration. This session traditionally provides an overview of international transition studies and their highlights. The aim is to introduce researchers who are not yet familiar with sustainability transitions literatures to this vibrant community, and to explore complementarities with related research fields, perspectives and approaches. The event is organized by STRN's Network of Early career researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST).

For an introduction to transitions research, follow NESTS' webinar series. Check out recent activities and opportunities on the NEST blog, and follow NEST on Twitter @transitionsnest.


Virtual program:  21 - 24 November 2022 
All paid up delegates received login details for access to view the virtual program.

Click here to view the Online Program Overview

Regional Days:  25 November 2022

Each University will organise and host their respective Regional Day in-person conference

Venues for in-person regional days:

Stellenbosch:  STIAS, Marais Road, Mostertsdrift, Stellenbosch

Monash:        Sofitel hotel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne

Georgetown:  Georgetown University, 3700 0 Street Northwest, Washington DC

Click here for Stellenbosch In-person program


Africa Regional Day

The above events will take place after COP 27 which will be hosted by Egypt. Branded as the ‘Africa COP’, this event has particular relevance for the African region in general, and South Africa in particular. African Governments are the target of a sophisticated PR campaign to support massive gas infrastructure investments as an alternative to renewables. South Africa could play a leading role in defining an African energy transition pathway. This was emphasized during COP 26 in Glasgow. The focus of the Africa Regional Day will be a review of Africa’s energy transition dynamics and challenges in light of the outcomes of COP 27.

Three Stellenbosch University institutions will collaborate to co-host IST 2022, namely the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, and the School for Climate Studies.

Monash Regional Day

The Monash Regional Day will be co-organised by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and School of Social Science. The day will be open to all topics to allow broad participation from across the region and internationally. Emphasis through key-note talks will be placed at the role of actors and behaviour change in systems transformation and sustainability transitions in urban contexts.

Georgetown Regional Day

One of the main obstacles to a sustainability transition is its funding.  The cost of such a collective process over the next 15 years is evaluated around $90 trillion at the global level.  The pivotal challenge, therefore, becomes who is going to pay.  What are there mechanisms that can be put in place to ensure that the financial burden is equitably shared?  What are the governance and regulatory issues at stake?  What are the financial consequences of the sustainability paths that more equitably address the overexposure of the most vulnerable?  Given that there is no such thing as a "one-fit-all solution" to these questions, we will have to envision them from a regional, if not national, perspective.