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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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09-10-2018
Call for papers to conference on movements and morality
 
 

The CISTAS group invites submission of abstracts and general registration for a two‐day conference on social movement and morality 28‐29th of May 2019.
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.
22-08-2018
Cistas project receives a Marie Skodlowska-Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship September 2018.
 
 


01-08-2018
PhD scholarships in young people's self-organised networks and communities, democratic governance and social media.
 
 

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a three-year position as PhD scholarships in the CISTAS project at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP). Application deadline 1.10.18
07-05-2018
Civil Society Research at EGOs
 
 

Together with leading scholars in the field, CISTAS project places civil society research on the agenda at EGOs through a SWG