Pathways Forum #10 – Whose Sustainability? – Unpacking decolonization in Sustainability Science

Decolonizing research in practice is a nuanced and multifaceted endeavour that involves reexamining and restructuring research practices to challenge and undo the complex and ongoing impacts of colonization.


In this webinar:

Farhana Sultana (Syracuse University) takes a global perspective on addressing the unspoken coloniality of global sustainability, underscoring the urgency of decolonizing colonial-capitalist ideologies and practices.

Lyla Mehta (Institute of Development Studies) uncovers the colonial roots and enduring western biases of sustainability sciences.

Bagele Chilisa (University of Botswana) reflects over the need to have research paradigms driven by indigenous worldviews, the African philosophy of Ubuntu and the inherent relational nature of research.


Let’s have western science standards adopt indigenous methodologies and invite them to dance, as proposed by Bagele Chilisa.


The Pathways Forum is a bi-monthly online event where researchers from diverse disciplines who engage, or want to engage, with societal actors in processes of adaptive learning to design, implement, and evaluate pathways to sustainability get a chance to reflect on concepts and theories of change, and discuss the practical implications of sustainability science and transdisciplinarity for research practices. Through this webinar series, the Pathways Initiative aims to develop and support agenda-setting, synthesis and capacity building around pathways for sustainability.