Mathieu Denis

Mathieu Denis

Mathieu Denis is Executive Director of the International Social Science Council. He holds a PhD in history from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He has previously taught at Université de Montréal, and worked as researcher at the Berlin Social Science Centre and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies.

In his own words...

In my organisation, we regard transformations broadly as multidimensional processes of change within the eco-social systems, with far reaching consequences at different scales. Transformations can start small or big, lead to rapid change, or develop over a longer period of time. But transformations entail deep and profound changes of social systems. That definition is good but probably incomplete. Because not every change is a transformation, and not all transformations are good. We need to add in the mix notions of sustainability, equality, and progress. Of course, these are loaded notions which historically have been associated with very different projects around the world, sometimes with negative consequences for people and the environment. But my feeling is that the kinds of deep transformations that the epoch demands must be sustainable in terms of their impacts on the eco-social systems, equitable in the way in which they impact different groups, and must represent a qualitative improvement of the political and economic systems.

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