Children’s book

Einstein once said: “If you can’t explain something to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” In the field of sustainability science, we often face the challenge of effectively communicating the key messages and themes of our research to a wider audience. In order to distill our findings into sticky and engaging stories, a team of 6 Early Stage Researchers of our @MSCActions @SUSPLACE_ITN is in the process of writing an anthology of short tales for children. These stories are intended to enthuse children and reach their open minds and open hearts, inspiring their imaginations.
To enable the development and publication of this Children’s book , the team is reaching out for some additional funding. Please see the link below for more details about the book concept and feel free to contact the team with any questions!
SUSPLACE Children’s Book – Concept


Arts-based Methods for Transformative Engagement: a toolkit

This open access toolkit offers a collection of almost 30 methods, practical examples, workshop outlines and tips for creative facilitation, as well as resources and relevant academic references. The ideas and methods collected in this toolkit are intended to support new ways of thinking and doing in our work as change agents towards regenerative societies.Compiled by a research team collaborating through the SUSPLACE Innovative Training Network, it is the result of our collective research and experimentation with creative and arts-based methods of engagement.

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Sensed Place – A Documentary

This documentary is the final product of a co-production between Catia Rebelo, the Binaural Association and the video participants. A collaborative visual multi-method was carried out with 11 participants who, during the shootings, lived in Carvalhal de Vermilhas, Portugal. The method comprised the following stages: 1) a group of individual stories/narratives about the place and their identity was collected and video-taped; 2) the selected participants watched individually their own short videos to attest its accuracy and share their feelings and impressions about it (film-elucidation); 3) a focus group activity with all participants dived into two groups, who watched the composite film (all the stories were put together by the researcher and the Binaural association). Afterwards the participants reflected and discussed questions about place attachment and place shaping agency.

Sustainable place-shaping in theory and practice

Co-created by SUSPLACE researchers, this video introduces Sustainable Place-shaping in theory and practice.




SUSPLACE: A Research and Training Network

This short video introduces SUSPLACE, a MSCA Innovative Training Network funded by the EU, that trains 15 Early Stage Researchers in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to study and further enhance sustainable place-shaping practices.




Culture in Sustainability: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach

The volume ‘Culture in Sustainability: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach’, edited by Asikainen et al. (2017), addresses the role of culture in transformations to sustainability. Contributors include SUSPLACE senior scientists dr. Katriina Soini and prof. Lummina Horlings.

key words: sustainability, culture, social learning process, cultural sustainability, public participation, heritage management, historic urban landscape, aesthetics, artist researchers, artful empiricism