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Giuseppe Feola gives research seminar at Konrad Lorenz Institute

Today Giuseppe Feola gave a research seminar titled ‘The Schismogenic Hypothesis: Conceptualizing Grassroots Sustainability Transformation as a Process of Conscious Self-Determination by Differentiation‘ at the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Klosterneuburg (Austria), as part of a short visiting fellowship at this institution. Abstract: Theorizations of sustainability transformation have foregrounded the construction (making) of novel socioecological relations;…

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Giuseppe Feola gives research seminar at University of Trento

Today Giuseppe Feola gave a research seminar titled ‘Unmaking Capitalism: per una trasformazione verso la sostenibilità. Il caso delle iniziative agro-alimentari comunitarie’ at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. posterfeola060422_0 Short interview (in Italian) here.

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Giuseppe Feola gives talk at Interdisciplinary Night on Climate Change

15 March 2022. This evening Giuseppe Feola gave a talk at the Interdisciplinary Night on Climate Change organized by the Study Association for Sociology Students at Tilburg University. His talk explored the roles of grassroots initiatives in sustainability transformation, including insights from the UNMAKING project.

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Giuseppe Feola interviewed by Dublin Digital Radio

On 1 November Giuseppe Feola participated in the show Planting Permission at Dublin Digital Radio, an indipendent online radio station and alternative media platform. In the 1-hourn long conversation with the host, Oisin Klinkenbergh, Giuseppe talked about transformation to sustainability and capitalism, degrowth and the circular economy, and the role of grassoots social movements in…

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Call for papers: Power and politics in agri-food systems transformation

We welcome abstract submissions to our special session on Power and politics in agri-food system transformation at the upcoming conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics (Pisa, Italy, 14-17 June 2022).   Submissions via this link.   Session description Sustainability transformations are inherently political. The processes and outcomes of sustainability transformations are shaped by…

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Julia Spanier presents at IOER Annual Conference 2021: Space & Transformation

On 24 September Julia Spanier presented her paper ‘Remnants and memories of the past in the rural places of grassroots innovation. The case of Community Supported Agriculture in Germany‘at the IOER Annual Conference 2021: Space & Transformation held at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (Dresden, Germany).   Abstract: This paper speaks…

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Jacob Smessaert and Giuseppe Feola present at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference

On 1 September 2021 Jacob Smessaert and Giuseppe Feola presented papers at the Royal Geographical Society’s (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference 2021. Jacob and Giuseppe took part in the session ‘The Role of Radical Food Geography Praxis in Food Studies’ convened by Charles Levkoe, Kristin Reynolds and Colleen Hammelman. They presented the…

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UNMAKING Team contributes to 8th International Degrowth Conference

The UNMAKING team contributed en masse to the 8th International Degrowth Conference that took place between 23-28 August in Den Haag (the Netherlands). The UNMAKING team (co-)organized various conference sessions: Conference plenary on Anarchism and Degrowth (co-organized by Jacob Smessaert), Conference plenary on Dutch Social Movements and Degrowth (co-organized by Laura van Oers) Conference plenary…

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New publication: The politics of deliberate destabilisation for sustainability transitions

The politics of deliberate destabilisation for sustainability transitions. By: Laura van Oers, Giuseppe Feola, Ellen Moors, Hens Runhaar. Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 40, 159-171. Abstract: This paper advances scholarship on deliberate destabilisation for sustainability transitions. To understand how deliberate destabilisation plays out in practice, the politics of such processes must be confronted….

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Laura van Oers and Jacob Smessaert present at SPRU PhD Forum: Collaboration in Context

On 18 June Laura van Oers and Jacob Smessaert presented at the 2021 SPRU PhD Forum: Collaboration in Context: Advancing Research and Policy Practices in Science, Technology, and Innovation. Laura and Jacob’s presentation focuses on a project that aims to set-up a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) in the Netherlands – an alternative to conventional third-party certification…

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