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Giuseppe Feola
Utrecht University

Dr. Giuseppe Feola is a social scientist who conducts research on socioecological change in modern societies. His research aims to develop an empirically based theory of societal transformation towards forms of society and economy which, not depending on perpetual economic growth, aim at the wellbeing of all and sustain the ecological basis of life. His research unfolds primarily along two research lines. First, he is interested in ongoing processes of societal transformation led by grassroots civil society actors and social movements, especially those mobilizing around agri-food systems' (un)sustainability. Central to this research line is the un-disciplined use of sustainability transition and transformation theories, including critical, postdevelopment and decolonial approaches for theorizing transformation toward sustainability. Second, he is interested in understanding the linkages between the environment and rural development, and how individual and collective actors attempt to govern them. For example, he has investigated sociocultural responses of Andean peasant to environmental change, and land-use conflicts related to urban transformation in peri-urban spaces. This research has primarily taken place in Europe and Colombia. Dr Feola is Associate Professor of Social Change for Sustainability in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has an undergraduate degree in Sociology (2002) from the University of Milan-Bicocca, an MSc in Environmental Economics and Management (2003) from Bocconi University in Milan, and a PhD (2010) from the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich.
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