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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 publications 

November2019. New article: Characterizing shrimp-farm production intensity in Thailand: Beyond technical indices, with Angie Elwin and Vipak Jintana.

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]