This stream of work attempts to answer questions, such as: Why is the unprecedented sophistication of science and technology insufficient to help world’s poorest, most vulnerable or marginalized people in current and future generations?
New and emerging technologies, such as social media, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, drones, genetically modified organisms and biofuel, are becoming increasingly available nowadays. Some argue that not only their social and ecological impacts on human and non-human species are uncertain but also they are either inaccessible to vulnerable local and indigenous communities or poorly adapted to local social, cultural, climatic, and ecological conditions. We believe that these technologies are essentially controversial. Thus, the Adaptive Transition Initiative aims to promote accessibility and adaptability of emerging technologies through end-user participation in scientific research, technology development, socio-technical innovations, and sustainability transitions.