New publication! Place-based transformative learning: a framework to explore consciousness in sustainability initiatives by Siri Pisters et al.

Siri Pisters is an external PhD-candidate at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University. From April 1, 2016, until March 31, 2019, she was appointed as Early Stage Researcher at the National Resource Institute of Finland (LUKE) at the research project Eco-villages and sustainable living of the MSCA ITN programme SUSPLACE. Abstract Based on a … Read more

New open access paper! Decentralising geographies of political action: civic tech and place-based municipalism by Omer Husain

Omer Husain is a research fellow at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University. He was appointed at the MSCAction INT SUSPLACE research project Place-based policies and pathways from April 1, 2016, till March 31, 2019. Abstract This article introduces the concept of ‘place-based civic tech’ — citizen engagement technology codesigned by local government, civil society … Read more

New open access paper! Regenerative city-regions: a new conceptual framework

The city-regional scale is increasingly being considered the most suitable level for planning and development, yet city-regions have often been established for purely economic reasons in the UK. This paper argues that city-regions are not mere socioeconomic units through which competitiveness can be achieved, but also rich, socioecological spaces. Although the progressive regionalist literature has taken significant steps in this direction, concerns remain that critical contemporary issues such as environmental sustainability, cultural viability, social exclusion or political (dis)empowerment have not been addressed in a holistic way. We attempt to advance the debate and overcome some of the shortcomings by connecting progressive regionalism with two other literature strands: collaborative governance and regenerative development. Based on the synergies found, we design a conceptual framework that can be used to study, understand and improve policy processes and practice, paving pathways towards regenerative city-regions.

Publication: Experiential approaches to sustainability education-towards learning landscapes

In the recent publication Malin Backman et al. critically reflect the current specialist discourse on experiential approaches to higher education for sustainable development (HESD). Limitations to the current discourse are identified, and as a result, an alternative, learning landscape approach to the study of experiential education (EE) within HESD is suggested. Malin Backman was appointed as a fellow at the SUSPLACE research project Connected Learning Spaces from April 2016 till June 2018.

May 7-10 2019 #SUSPLACE2019 Final Event on Transformative Methods – Join us!

May 7-10 2019 the #SUSPLACE2019 Final Event “Exploring places & practices through transformative methods” will take place in Tampere, Finland. 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 guide fruitful … Read more

SUSPLACE contributions to Transformations2017 (#TCONFDD17)- speedtalks and action hub

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 support of Katriina Soini … Read more

Inaugural lecture prof. Horlings – Transformative Planning: enabling resourceful communities

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

ESRS 2016 Postgraduate Autumn School, October 3-7, Wales: ‘Researching Globalization in a Rural Context’

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

SUSPLACE welcomes 15 Early Stage Researchers

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