Research

Research interests

I conduct research on socioecological change in modern societies. I critically examine the prospects of societal transformation towards forms of society and economy which aim at the well-being of all and sustain the ecological basis of life. I aim to develop an empirically based theory of societal transformation to such strong notion of 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. I am a social scientist who uses an interdisciplinary and mixed-method approach, and who has conducted research primarily in Europe and Colombia.




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.