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

Welcome to the website of the research programme UNMAKING. Grassroots 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 agri-food grassroots initiatives unmake environmentally disruptive institutions and practices that are deeply ingrained in capitalist societies.

An overview of the research programme can be accessed here while more detailed information on the research programme and its subprojects can be found here.


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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