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I am an Associate Professor of Social Change for Sustainability in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

I conduct research on social-ecological change in modern societies. I aim to develop an empirically based theory of societal transformation to sustainability, to contribute to the societal debate on this challenge, and to build a bridge between theory and political action. Using primarily an interdisciplinary and mixed-method approach, my research examines why and how social, cultural, political and economic processes, and their multi-scalar and multi-level interconnections with ecological processes, lead to, or prevent, change toward sustainability in different places. My main empirical focus is that of agri-food systems.

This website contains information on my research, teaching and academic service, and gives access to my publications.


Recent publications 

February 2020. New article: Characterizing shrimp-farm production intensity in Thailand: Beyond technical indices, with Angie Elwin and Vipak Jintana.

February 2020. New book chapter: Feola, G., Sahakian, M. Binder, C. R. 2020. Sustainability Assessment of Urban Agriculture. In: Binder, C.R., Wyss, R., and Massaro, E. (Eds.) Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 417-437.

October 2019. New book: Climate and Culture: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on a Warming World. Cambridge University Press. With Hilary Geoghegan and Alex Arnall.

September 2019. New article: Feola., G. 2019. Degrowth and the unmaking of capitalism: beyond ‘decolonization of the imaginary’ ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 18(4): 977-997. Open access!

June 2019. Blog post: Land grabbing in peri-urban spaces in ColombiaThis blog post was originally published in Spanish on the web platform LA. Network

June 2019. New article: Feola, G., Suzunaga, J., Soler, J., Goodman M.K. (In press). Ordinary land grabbing in peri-urban spaces: land conflicts and governance in a small Colombian city. Geoforum, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.05.018

February 2019. New article: Feola, G. (In press). Capitalism in sustainability transitions research: Time for a critical turn? Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2019.02.005 [open access]