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Against human self-centeredness 21 September 2017 - Flyer designed by Malin Bäckman for the Action Hub: Arts-based methods for transformative design at Transformation 2017 By Malin Bäckman March 2017 I enter a dark room, two screens on both sides display images of large telescopes and green forests, in the front a black screen with white text. A story is being told. I’ve seen this before, in ... read more »
Discussing about Diverse Economies with prof. Katherine Gibson 20 September 2017 - On June 27th 2017, the Rural Sociology Group in collaboration with SUSPLACE and in conjuction with the CSPS Conference ‘The Value of Life’ organised a masterclass on Performative Practices for Diverse Economies with prof. Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University) – visiting scientist in SUSPLACE. The masterclass was well attended, with more than 25 PhDs, researchers and professors ... read more »
Towards an Agenda for Sustainable Food Governance 19 September 2017 - On Thursday September 21, 2017  SUSPLACE partners KU Leuven en Cardiff University are organising an event on Good Food Governance in the post-exit UK and EU. The aim of this event is to identify new complexities in global food governance regimes in the wake of new objectives, targets and indicators set forth by global actions such ... read more »
SUSPLACE contributions to Transformations2017 (#TCONFDD17)- speedtalks and action hub 30 August 2017 - The SUSPLACE team present at Transformations 2017 SUSPLACE is contributing to the Transformations 2017 conference in Dundee from August 30 -September 1 (@TCONFDD17) with speedtalks and an action hub. Kelli Pearson, Sara Grenni and Ina Horlings each provide a speedtalk in various sessions. Together with Angela Moriggi, Siri Pisters, Malin Backman, Marta Nieto, Anke de Vrieze, and with the ... read more »
OuiShare Fest Paris 2017 – A festival of ideas and an ode to collaboration 28 August 2017 - OuiShare Fest, ‘not your typical conference’. Never has a conference’s tagline so aptly described the experience an attendee is in for. There were no stuffy boardrooms, no saran wrapped sandwiches, no dry monologues from experts — none of that. It was really a festival. A festival of ideas and an ode to collaboration. As OuiShare ... read more »
Researching sustainable food citizenship in Cardiff 17 August 2017 - Cardiff Market. Photo credits: Marie Quinney By Marie Quinney I am undertaking research on sustainable food citizenship, what this concept means and what the barriers and opportunities are to achieving it. I completed my secondment at the Sustainable Places Research Institute of the University of Cardiff, UK, between April – July 2017 under the guidance of prof. ... read more »
Youth profile of the Cardiff Capital Region 7 August 2017 - By Lorena Axinte For my research project Sustainable city-regions I’ve wrapped my head around the statistics available in Wales, trying to get a general picture before starting my fieldwork. I learned that more than 50% of all young people (aged 16-24) in Wales live in the south eastern part of the country, in Cardiff Capital Region. Here, ... read more »
Newly recruited ESR Andris Šuvajevs has started June 1 26 June 2017 - As of June 1 2017 Andris Šuvajevs has been appointed for 24 months as Early Stage Researcher by Latvia University at the project Social economy, social entrepreneurship. In the time to come he has to catch up the other ESR and the SUSPLACE project, although he cannot redo all we did so far. So he has to find his ... read more »
Masterclass prof. Katherine Gibson – Performative Practices for Diverse Economies 14 June 2017 - Join us now! For a unique masterclass with prof. Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University), internationally known for her research on rethinking economies and involved in SUSPLACE as a visiting scientist. When: Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 9.30 – 12.30 (CET) Where: Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands. Exact location to be announced The masterclass is organised in conjunction with ... read more »
Wales: Leading the way in co-production 9 June 2017 -   By Anke de Vrieze and Diogo Soares da Silva In the past two months the city of Cardiff has been able to enjoy to the presence of no less than six SUSPLACE researchers. Besides the three researchers (Lorena Axinte, Malin Bäckman and Cátia Rebelo) that have their home base at Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute ... read more »
Inaugural lecture prof. Horlings – Transformative Planning: enabling resourceful communities 8 June 2017 - June 13, at 16.00 Ina Horlings will be inaugurated as prof. Socio-Spatial Planning at the University of Groningen. Ina Horlings is co-coordinator of the MSCA ITN project SUSPLACE. On behalf on of all the partners and Early Stage Researchers we congratulate her with this challenging position and good luck with her inaugural lecture titled: Transformative Planning: enabling resourceful ... read more »
Connecting with rural producers and their traditions in Várzea de Calde, Portugal 24 May 2017 - Engracia, Laura and Maria spinning flax fibres By Alessandro Vasta I want you to remember a time when you were on holidays in a rural area and came across a local shop selling traditional hand-made products. Have you ever asked how it was made?  Who made it and why it was made in this way? And what its ... read more »
Final opportunity to participate in the SUSPLACE Autumn School 2017 11 May 2017 - We offer a final opportunity to participate in the SUSPLACE Autumn School 2017 ‘Shaping Places, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries’, hosted by the University of Aveiro, Portugal and taking place from October 2-6, 2017. We welcome applications from PhD candidates and Early Stage Researchers, and encourage  participants to bring in their own research projects and proceedings.The Autumn School focuses ... read more »
People make places 19 April 2017 - Lisbon Giant Street Art. Picture by Kevin Poh. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinpoh/5140012026 under Creative Commons license. “People make places”. With this sentence the journalist of Click, a Portuguese radio program from the national radio Antena 1, introduced and tried to summarize SUSPLACE and what we are doing regarding sustainable place-shaping practices, initiatives, values and local resources. During ... read more »
Back to basics and it feels good! 13 April 2017 - Do you ever have the feeling that in order to live more sustainably you have to make lots of sacrifices? That you have to give up on those things that actually bring joy, comfort and pleasure to your life? Living lightly and feeling good You might want to think twice. Research shows that people who live lightly ... read more »
Managing forests collectively in Galicia 6 April 2017 - Do you know what happened to historical commonlands in Europe? Before the 18th century many of our rural areas where managed directly by communities. Today, many of these historical commonlands have been taken by the state, are privatised or abandoned. To show what’s happening in a community in Galicia, Spain, I made a short video (above). O ... read more »
SUSPLACE’s third training in Leuven 3 April 2017 - Holland’s College, Leuven. Photo: Marie Quinney As we come to the end of the first year of the project, the third training session hosted by KU Leuven provided the researchers with time to reflect on progress made, gain insight into how to move forward and acquire valuable skills. This training included 3 core modules: Sustainable Place-Shaping, ... read more »
An exercise in participatory mapping 28 March 2017 - Participatory mapping at the Sustainable Places Research Institute in Cardiff. Picture: Lorena Axinte In the Sustainable Places Research Institute – the place where I am based, some Friday afternoons are dedicated to one-hour seminars where academics can give short presentations of their work. These sessions are open for anyone to attend and the audience is generally made of approximately ... read more »
Early Stage Researcher position ‘Social Economy, Social Entrepreneurship’ vacant again 7 March 2017 - The SUSPLACE Early Stage Researchers (ESR) position ‘Social economy, social entrepreneurship’ is vacant again. The current ESR accepted another position. We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher to be appointed for the remaining 24 months. The ESR position is hosted by the Latvia University – Faculty of Social Sciences. The position is open for ... read more »
Film, sound and editing: learning skills in participatory visual research methods 6 March 2017 - By Catia Rebelo As part of the Innovative Training Networks each Early Stage Researcher should be hosted by a non-academic partner. This collaboration, entitled secondment, aims to enhance researchers’ relationship with the labour market and to boost researchers’ professional skills. My first secondment is hosted by a social cultural association called Binaural-Nodar, based in Vouzela, Portugal. The ... read more »
SUSPLACE Autumn School 2017: Open for application 1 March 2017 - The SUSPLACE Autumn School ‘Shaping Places, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries’ is hosted by the University of Aveiro, Portugal and takes place From October 2-6, 2017. The Autumn School focuses on interdisciplinary approaches towards sustainable place-shaping. SUSPLACE is a MSCA ITN project on sustainable place-shaping funded by the EU-commission with 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) working on 15 ... read more »
Interactions between human and environment: an account of the DENVI 2nd annual meeting 13 February 2017 -   Siri, Angela and Sara presenting the poster of the SUSPLACE project By Angela Moriggi, Sara Grenni, Siri Pisters The Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences (DENVI) at the University of Helsinki hosted its 2nd Annual Meeting on February 6-7, 2017. Sara, Angela and Siri – the group of ESRs based in Helsinki at the Natural Resources Institute ... read more »
Transformative change: from personal experience to societal value 7 February 2017 - What is the nature of societal transformative change? When are people willing to go along a transformative change process and when and why do they resist? These questions have been guiding me in my research journey thus far, aiming to better understand the ‘roots’ of transformative societal change towards a more sustainable world. Looking back I ... read more »
SUSPLACE Autumn School 2017 – ‘Shaping Places, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries’ 14 December 2016 - SUSPLACE Autumn School 2017 ‘Shaping Places, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries’ October 1- 6, 2017 University of Aveiro, Portugal From October 1- 6, 2017 SUSPLACE organises an intensive one-week Autumn School at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. The SUSPLACE Autumn School will focus on interdisciplinary approaches towards sustainable place-shaping. SUSPLACE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network funded by the ... read more »
A trip across Galician territory: building the rural and the commons 29 November 2016 - By Marta Nieto Romero On the 26th of November I attended a collective hike in Galicia (North West Spain). Organized by the Commons Study Program they invited members of Ergosfera, an association of architects, who guided us in an amazing trip throughout the rural space of Galicia under the lenses of: Commons, Feminism and Rurality. The ... read more »
New, big and beautiful – reflections on rebuilding Utopia 25 November 2016 - Future city. Source: http://fav.me/d3jcl5u By Malin Bäckman On the 16th of November I attended the event Cities: Ensuring Prosperity, Equality and Well–one of the Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning’s 50th anniversary celebration events. The presentations covered topics such as city economies, resilience and homelessness. One of the presentations Neo-Cities: rebuilding Utopia seemed to confuse and provoke ... read more »
Renee Lertzman on Environmental Melancholia: facing the unbearable. 21 November 2016 - How do live with the knowledge of global climate change? On November 6th, during the InScience Festival in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, the American psychologist Renee Lertzman gave a presentation on how to cope with ‘climate depression’. Climate depression refers to the feelings of anxiety which people experience in dealing with wicked issues such as climate change.Lertzman ... read more »
Food for thought: reducing waste and encouraging pro-environmental behaviour 9 November 2016 - Restaurant ‘Noordoever’ in Leuven, Belgium From 10-14 October 2016, the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance Nam Dinh visited the University of Leuven to learn about Community Supported Agriculture. I was able to accompany them on some of their excursions, with the most fascinating being a lunch at a restaurant called Noordoever. Noordoever provided the catering for the group for ... read more »
First steps in participant observation: Brecon Beacons National Park 8 November 2016 - Brecon Beacons National Park. Source: http://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/ By Catia Rebelo Brecon Beacons is one of the fourteen of the National Parks in Britain and was established in 1957. Located in South Wales the National Park comprises an area of 1,344 km2 and its landscape is a ‘protected area’ according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ... read more »
SUSPLACE’s second training in Wageningen 3 November 2016 - The whole SUSPLACE consortium during the first day of the SUSPLACE seminar in the Honigcomplex in Nijmegen (Photo: Lorena Axinte) by Marie Quinney and Anastasia Papangelou Is there such a thing as a silent conversation? How can we support (and be supported by) our peers in the cumbersome writing process? How can one, as a facilitator, deal with demotivated ... read more »
Reflections on diversity and the risk of creating boundaries 2 November 2016 - By Siri Pisters ‘Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without’. William Sloane Coffin Jr. The last couple of months I have wandered around Finland exploring its ecovillages with an additional two on the other side of the Baltic Sea, Estonia. ... read more »
ESRS Autumn School 2016 – Researching Globalization in a Rural Context 12 October 2016 - SUSPLACE ESRs at the ESRS Autumn School. From left to right: Alanna Higgins, Alessandro Vasta, Lorena Axinte and Catia Rebelo By Alanna K. Higgins From the 3rd to 7th of October I – along with my fellow ESRs Lorena Axinte, Catia Rebelo, and Alessandro Vasta – attended the biennial ESRS Autumn School. This year’s school was facilitated ... read more »
Eco-cultural traditions and contemporary societal challenges: an account from the Green Care Days 2016, Finland 4 October 2016 - The road to Rantasalmi, Finland By Angela Moriggi It’s a chilly September morning in Helsinki. My destination is more than 300 km away, but I am lucky enough to get a lift from a friendly acquaintance, a Finnish rural development consultant, who, as myself and other roughly 140 people, will be participating to the Green Care Days ... read more »
BrEPS annual conference: Healthy and Sustainable Places 28 September 2016 - The third annual conference of the British Environmental Psychology Society By Sara Grenni On September 22nd – 23rd the third annual conference of the British Environmental Psychology Society took place at the University of Surrey’s Environmental Psychology Research Centre. This year’s edition focused on two key themes, both of great relevance for our SUSPLACE programme: Environment, health and ... read more »
RegPol² – Research on the development of peripheral regions 27 September 2016 - RegPol² consortium on excursion in the Tatra Mountains, Slovakia RegPol² By Lummina Horlings The European Marie Curie ITN project RegPol² on Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe centres on new patterns of regional disparities between metropolised regions and the remaining parts of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. The program is coordinated by The ... read more »
The UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2016: Planning for Future Generations 23 September 2016 - By Lorena Axinte and Cátia Rebelo The UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference is an annual event which this year was hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning. The event celebrated the school’s 50 years of existence, bringing together academics and practitioners interested in sharing knowledge on spatial, regional, neighbourhood and community planning. The theme of the ... read more »
Grassroots initiatives and citizen power 19 September 2016 - Community gardening in Amsterdam. Photo credits: Ed Buijs A key concept in SUSPLACE is transformative capacity, which refers to the ability of people to shape places according to their own ideas, needs and desires. Even though people and places are affected by global and structural processes, there are also numerous examples of how people take initiatives ... read more »
Presenting on social economy concepts in Latvia 16 September 2016 - “Sustainable and Solidarity Economy” (SUSY) workshop in Latvia. Photo credits: http://lv.solidarityeconomy.eu/ By Alanna K. Higgins Earlier this week, I gave a talk entitled “Social Economy: A Primer” at a local training course co-hosted by Zala Briviba and the Latvian branch of the EU project “Sustainable and Solidarity Economy” (SUSY). The course “When money is not essential? Local ... read more »
Learning to hope 29 August 2016 - By Malin Bäckman Every now and then I find myself wondering: what’s the point? What’s the point of researching about sustainability, searching for ways to shape more sustainable places? What difference will my contribution make, or will it make any difference at all? While grappling with these questions I continuously try to tell myself, that one ... read more »
XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology: Debating peasantries, envisioning real utopias, and the all-important interdisciplinary perspective 25 August 2016 - Waiting for the opening talk of XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology By Alanna Higgins From the 10th to 14th of August, over 700 delegates met at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada for the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. The theme of the conference was “Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities”; with 78 regular ... read more »
“Common-tryside”: revitalising the Portuguese countryside through commoning forests 28 July 2016 - Image showing a baldio in Trás-os-Montes region. Source: Secretariado dos Baldios de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro. http://www.sbtmad.pt/site/ By Marta Nieto Romero “Para lá de Marão, mandam os que lá estão”- “At the other side of Marão, govern those who are there” (traditional Portuguese saying) Last week, Elisabete, Sandra and me crossed the recently inaugurated tunnel of Marão to meet ... read more »
“All models are wrong, some are useful” [1] : summer school on quantitative storytelling with MuSIASEM 27 July 2016 - Mario Giampietro lecturing by Anastasia Papangelou Imagine a sizzling day in the heart of Spanish summer. A long room with bright-green chairs, welcomingly cool despite the lack of air-condition. A patchwork of more than 30 people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, origins and ages. And a bearded man talking in an imposing voice, mixing in his ... read more »
Questions of community-making at the GEN-Europe Conference 14 July 2016 - By Siri Pisters Last week I attended the yearly conference of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) – Europe in Arterra Bizimodu, a young community in Navarra, Spain. Arterra Bizimodu inhabits an old monastery in a sleepy, rural village in the beautiful yet dry and quite deserted Spanish country side. This young community hosted over 200 participants for a ... read more »
Exploring the potential of place-based practices in Sao Pedro do Sul, Portugal 6 July 2016 - The remoteness of the village of Pena in the Sao Pedro do Sul area in northern Portugal By Alessandro Vasta About a month ago I went to visit the rural area around Sao Pedro do Sul Municipality, about a couple of hours to the interior from Aveiro, Portugal.  I went with the research team that is working on ... read more »
The Art of Place: Sensing Terschelling at the Oerol Festival 30 June 2016 - ‘Drie Streken’ by Marc van Vliet By Kelli Rose Pearson and Anke de Vrieze We are standing in awe in the middle of a tidal sea, perched on a structure resembling a wooden spaceship-flower. Vast skies decorated with streaks of white and cotton candy clouds are mirrored in the water all around us. A light breeze tickles our faces ... read more »
Exploring eco-villages in Finland 27 June 2016 - By Siri Pisters A few weeks ago I officially visited my first eco community in Finland – Ihala. If I understood correctly, it means something in the direction of bright place. I joined an open community weekend and GEN(Global Ecovillage Network)- Finland gathering at the same time. The group of people attending was small for the ... read more »
Integrated Sustainability Strategies for Cardiff 14 June 2016 - What strategies can we develop to improve the sustainability of the Cardiff Capital Region? This was the challenge we addressed during the 3-day training in Integrated Sustainability offered by SUSPLACE partner Except in May 2016. Applying the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) framework developed by Except, we worked in teams to define strategies for four different ... read more »
Stripping sustainable forms of transportation in Cardiff 13 June 2016 - text and pictures by Lorena Axinte For a city where cycling’s modal share is still modest[1], a group of almost 150 cyclists going around the main streets on a sunny Sunday afternoon might come as a surprise. The fact that most of them are completely naked is the added bonus. Nonetheless, the world naked bike ride (WNBR) ... read more »
ESRS 2016 Postgraduate Autumn School, October 3-7, Wales: ‘Researching Globalization in a Rural Context’ 13 June 2016 - This year’s ESRS Autumn School will explore the theory and practice of researching globalization in rural context with a programme led by Michael Woods and the research team from the European Research Council GLOBAL-RURAL project at Aberystwyth University. The theme will examine key aspects of globalization as experienced in rural localities in both the global north ... read more »
Sustainable Place Making in Public Policy 9 June 2016 - In this video prof. Terry Marsden, director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute in Cardiff and project partner of SUSPLACE, discusses about sustainable place-making in the context of public policy together with prof. Susan Baker, co-director of the same institute, and mr. Matthew Quinn, director of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Welsh Government and also ... read more »
Successful first training session in Wageningen 30 May 2016 - To train ESRs in innovative approaches to study sustainable place-shaping practices, SUSPLACE offers an extensive training program in both scientific and professional skills. From April 18 till May 11, 2016 all 15 ESRs participating in SUSPLACE came to Wageningen, The Netherlands for their first intensive training session. The training started with an Introduction Course, introducing the ESRs to ... read more »
SUSPLACE welcomes 15 Early Stage Researchers 5 April 2016 - The SUSPLACE consortium recruited 15 talented Early Stage Researchers (ESR) for a three year period starting April 1, 2016. The 15 ESR are contracted by the six academic partners and take secondments at the seven non-academic partners in the second and third year of their contract period. Below an overview of the 15 projects and the ESR appointed with a link to ... read more »
SUSPLACE – Exploring the potential of place-shaping practices for sustainable development 24 March 2016 - The SUSPLACE consortium bids you a hearty welcome to our newly launched website www.sustainableplaceshaping.net. SUSPLACE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission that explores the full potential of place-shaping practices for sustainable development. SUSPLACE officially kicked-off on October 1, 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands and will last till September 30, 2019. The overall aim of the project is ... read more »