UNMAKING: a research programme on the disruption of capitalism in societal transformation to sustainability

Welcome to the website of the research programme UNMAKING, which aims to understand to what extent, under what conditions and through what processes radical grassroots innovations unmake modern, capitalist institutions and practice.

Radical civil society initiatives may hold the potential to transform society toward sustainability. This project will use a novel interdisciplinary theory and an innovative combination of methods to explain whether, when and how radical civil society initiatives unmake environmentally disruptive institutions and practices that are deeply ingrained in capitalist societies.



This programme is led by Dr. Giuseppe Feola and hosted by the Section of Environmental Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.



This research programme consists of two separate, but parallel projects funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) through a Vidi Research Grant, and by the European Research Council (ERC) through a Starting Grant, respectively.


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