Research interests

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. My main empirical foci are those of agri-food systems, and grassroots actors such as the civil society, and social movements.

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 research has mainly contributed to the following research areas:
  • sustainability transitions of agricultural systems,
  • the geography of social movements/grassroots innovations,
  • degrowth and post-capitalist transformations,
  • peasant and rural studies in Colombia,
  • sustainability assessment in agricultultural systems,
  • farmer decision-making.

Key publications 

(in reverse chronological order)

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]

Feola, G., Nunes, J.R. 2014. Success and failure of Grassroots Innovations for addressing climate change: the case of the Transition Movement. Global Environmental Change, 24:232-250. 

Feola, G., Binder, C.R. 2010. Towards an improved understanding of farmers’ behaviour: the integrative agent-centred (IAC) frameworkEcological Economics, 69(12):2323-2333. 

Binder, C.R., Feola, G., Steinberger, J. 2010Considering the normative, systemic and procedural dimensions in indicator-based sustainability assessments in agriculture. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 30(2):71-81.