Ecological transition and social justice

Inventing new operating models

The current environmental crisis represents an unprecedented challenge and calls for major changes in all political, economic, and social behaviors, both individual and collective. Despite the social and political awareness of the need and urgency for a transition, and despite advances in research and technology on sustainability, the expected results are long overdue. This is partly due to the fact that there is not a sufficiently detailed and operational understanding of how transitions of this magnitude can be carried out. It is also due to the absence of an overall project which engages citizens to act collectively in favor of sustainability for the profound transformation of society and behavior.

The environmental transition, which implies the invention of new operating models to support and complement technical developments, then only seems possible if it is fair and perceived as such. The relationship between environmental issues and social justice challenges, raised by the Brundtland Commission 30 years ago, deserves to be put back at the center of discussions on sustainability and transition.


Inequalities of "power of action" and justice of the ecological transition

To conceptualize the differences in the capacity of households to act in the face of ecological transition, this project proposes a notion of "power of action", which integrates the context of individual situations and the "room for maneuver" available to individuals, as psychological and normative dimensions of acting.


The primary stake of the Transilience project is the establishment of a participatory research system aimed at bringing together academics, associations, public authorities, businesses and citizens, through the development of collaborative tools making it possible to share and operationalize knowledge on transition and territorial resilience.