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EcoLabSS – Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change

In an historical moment where citizens of the world are called to take action to face ´multiple crises´- the emergency of climatic change, high and rising socio-economic inequalities, and the upsurge of intolerance and racism within and between countries - the study of transformative grassroots initiatives becomes crucially important and timely. ‘Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change´ (EcoLabSS) is conceived as an international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary project aiming at producing a theoretically grounded and methodologically innovative study of one of these grassroots initiatives: the ecovillage movement. EcoLabSS provides a multi-level and mixed method study of the ecovillage movement that combines the comparative study of two local ecovillages, respectively in Denmark and Italy, with a systematic analysis of the actions and networks of the transnational organization Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). The review and the fieldwork is used to develop a comprehensive theoretical and analytical framework centred on the path-breaking definition of ´community-based prefigurative social movements´. The empirical analysis is structured along three mutually informing levels of analysis: micro-individual level, meso-community level, and macro-societal level. The first level focuses on the study of individual life trajectories and biographies of ecovillage inhabitants. The meso-community level is analyzing the everyday practices and processes involving organization, decision-making and creation of future-oriented norms and codes of conduct inside the two case studies. Finally, the macro-societal level analyzes how the ecovillage movement - represented by the transnational organization GEN - translates and diffuse its practices, narratives and visions of a just and sustainable society to policy-makers, institutions, other civil society actors and the wider public.

This project is carried out by Lara Monticelli

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News

01-02-2019
New Deadlines for Movements and Morality Conference
 
 

If you wish to participate in the conference Movements & Morality new deadlines have been made!
09-01-2019
Lars Bo joins panel on civil society
 
 

Lars Bo has agreed to sit on the panel for the Civil Society Knowledge Center made by the Danish independent online paper Altinget.
04-12-2018
Book Launch: From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
 
 

In this edited volume, CISTAS researcher Andreas Møller Mulvad has contributed with a chapter
04-12-2018
New publication by Anders Sevelsted
 
 

CISTAS researcher Anders Sevelsted has just published a new article "Protestant Ethics-In-Action: The Emergence of Voluntary Social Work in Copenhagen 1865-1915" in European Journal of Sociology / Archives Européennes de Sociologie
04-09-2018
Another exciting summer for the CISTAS project!
 
 

Researchers from the CISTAS project have participated with papers on several conferences including ISA, LSA, CSSI, PROS, EGOS & SASA during the summer.