Video: Sustainability Transformations through Permaculture

How understand and advance sustainability transformations? This is the key question that guided SUSPLACE researcher Elgars Felcis in his exploration and co-creation of the permaculture movement in Latvia. Learn more about his journey in this short video.

This video is the second in a series of short videos that illustrate inspiring examples of place-shaping practices in Europe.

#SUSPLACE2019: Time, Space, Essence

The scene is set.  We are running out of time.  The quadruple squeeze – population growth, ecosystem degradation, climate change and the added element of surprise – demands urgent and transformational change.  Yet, with an increasingly polarised societal debate, how do we manage change in a way that brings societies together and for people and communities to be more empowered to determine their own futures?

#SUSPLACE2019: Reflections on the Final Event

From May 8 -10, 2019 the SUSPLACE Final Event was held in Tampere, Finland. The event addressed the theme of ‘Exploring Places and Practices through Transformative Methods’. To harvest knowledge and outcomes, we asked some participants to write a short blog post capturing their experiences. Find below the first blog, written by Rubén Vezzoni, Early Stage Research Fellow in MSCA ITN RECOMS.

Register now for the SUSPLACE Final Event

“Exploring places & practices through transformative methods”. Tampere, Finland May 8 ­­– 10, 2019.

The Event is inspired by the desire to explore new ways of engaging with communities by means of experimental and unconventional research methods and approaches, to shape places towards desired futures.Join us to share experiences of these methods in fruitful dialogues in interactive sessions, roundtable discussion and during the field trips! See the programme and register by April 20th.

Once Upon the Future: Everyday Adventures that Change the World

Can you produce a children’s book as part of an academic research project? Yes, you can! With great enthusiasm and dedication, a team of six SUSPLACE fellows (Anastasia, Alessandro, Angela, Kelli, Lorena and Marta) has been engaged in the writing of children’s stories inspired by their research projects. After more than a year of work, they are happy to announce that they are almost done! Preliminary title of the book: Once Upon the Future: Everyday Adventures that Change the World.

Policy Event: Revitalising Agenskalns Market, Riga

How to re-develop a neighborhood market in a sustainable and creative way? In September 2018, Kalnciema Quarter invited the SUSPLACE consortium to think along and develop a set of practical ideas and policy proposal for the re-development of Agenskalns market, Riga. Together with local stakeholders and experts, the SUSPLACE team addressed 3 challenges: 1) How can stakeholders work together effectively? How to develop new forms of private-public partnerships and foster co-operation at the local and national level? 2)How to build an identity for Agenskalns market, promoting the reputation of a cultural and historic place? 3)What models of sustainable financing are available? Watch the embedded video for an impression and summary of the event.

Publication: “Citizen Initiatives in the Post-Welfare State”

In the recently published article Citizen Initiatives in the Post-Welfare State , SUSPLACE researcher Diogo Soares da Silva  reflects on the role of citizen initiatives in shaping sustainable places. The article is based on the outcomes of the research project The Energetic Society and was co-authored by prof. Lummina Horlings and prof. Elisabete  Figueiredo. The article belongs to the Special Issue Civic Enterprises, the Co-Production of Public Governance and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal in Europe of Social Sciences.

Kalnciema Quarter gathers sustainability scientists to discuss the development of Āgenskalna Market

By Baiba Bela (University of Latvia) and Darja Trizna (Kalnciema Quarter). Translated by Andris Šuvajevs. In the last week of September, SUSPLACE participants convened in Kalnciema Quarter, Riga to come up with a set of practical ideas and policy proposals for the sustainable development and creative re-vitalisation of Āgenskalna market. The rejuvenation of the market … Read more

Call for papers: Exploring places & practices through transformative methods, Tampere 8-10 May, 2019

Call for papers, panels and practice sessions: Exploring places & practices through transformative methods Tampere, Finland from May 7th to 10th, 2019 Which innovative, unconventional methods are being experimented with to disrupt the established norms in place-based research? How to effectively engage people in place-based research, including marginalised voices? How can researchers’ and practitioners’ reflexivity … Read more

SUSPLACE welcomes Alice Taherzadeh as researcher to the project

On August 1, 2018 Alice Taherzadeh started as a newly recruited ESR on the research project ‘Connected Learning Spaces‘. Alice will be joining us for the final 10 month of the project and we are pleased to welcome her in our network. Please find Alice’s introduction to her research plans below: As a new ESR … Read more