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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 am also a Visiting Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading.

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. 

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


Recent writings and news

June 2019. Conference presentation: Polyhedric degrowth: On the prospect of a degrowth transformation. 13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics, 19-21 June 2019, Turku, Finland.

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]

November 2018. Invited talk. Overcoming undesirable resilience in the global food system. Earth System Governance Winter School, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

October 2018. Invited talk. An elephant in the room? Sustainability transition research and capitalism. Copernicus Innovation Seminar Series, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


August 2018. New Article: Overcoming undesirable resilience in the global food system. In: Global Sustainability.


August 2018. Invited talk: Agricultura periurbana y conflictos sobre el uso de la tierra: el caso de Sogamoso. Event: "Ni Urbano, No Rural: Sostenibilidad del Desarrollo Territorial", Faculty of Architecture Design and Urbanism and Faculty of Science and Ingeneering, Universidad de Boyacá, 13 August 2018, Tunja, Colombia.

July 2018. New article.  Contra la indiferencia: un llamado para la participación  civil en el posconflicto en Colombia. In: Revista Ciudad Paz-ando (English translation here).

June 2018. Webinar presentation: The global diffusion of transformative innovation. With Frans Sengers. Sustainability Transition Research Network’s Webinar Series ‘Transitions in the Global South’. 22 June 2018.

June 2018. Conference presentation: Exploring fertile discursive spaces.  A corpus-based study of sustainability transition discourses in four civil society’s proposals. International Sustainability Transitions Conference, 11-14 June, Manchester, United Kingdom.