This short note was initially prepared as an outline for the project team of the research project ‘Deltas under Pressure’ (DuP) to structure activities and increase impact in the search for possible transition pathways for food systems in a delta environment. The overall aim is to present an overarching framework that clarifies the linkages between the different disciplines in analysing such pathways. This work was supported by the ‘Transition Pathways’ project that is part of the same research programme ‘Food and Water Security’. By placing research in context, the framework helps to increase the impact of research activities as the connections between the different research activities and critical intervention points become evident. The framework might also be helpful for other stakeholders, like policymakers, private sector parties, NGOs, farmers groups, and individuals involved.