Human activity is the major driver of global change. A fundamental transformation is necessary to meet the challenges of biodiversity conservation, food security, energy demand, public health, social cohesion, climate change, clean water, and fair consumption. In the research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation” – established in October 2017, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and hosted by Leuphana University Lüneburg – 12 PhD students seek to understand the drivers of, barriers to, and leverage approaches towards a sustainability transformation. The group focuses on food and textiles as two sectors that have major sustainability implications in production and consumption. Both sectors are analysed on a local and global level, through both disciplinary and transdisciplinary research methods. This innovative project also supports the PhD students in their professional and personal development as future change agents by offering internship opportunities in one of our national and international partner institutions.