Dr Giuseppe Feola attended the 11th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE), which was hosted by the University of Leeds on 30 June – 3 July 2015. The European Society for Ecological Economics brought together scientists across traditional disciplines, and explored solutions for the transformation to a sustainable society.
Giuseppe made two presentations. In the first one, he reported results from a research project on institutional change and continuity of peasant communities in the Colombian Andes (project description here). This study increases our knowledge of peasant communities in this particular region, and adds to the body of scholarship that is refining our understanding of how institutions adapt and how culture changes in response to compounded climatic and economic disturbances. In the second contribution, Giuseppe presented a critical analysis of emerging concepts of societal transformation toward sustainability. This analysis provides structure to the scientific debate on transformation toward sustainability, and identifies two priorities for future research, namely to foster dialogue around the complementarities of different concepts, and to test different concepts empirically (full paper available here).
You can read more about Giuseppe at his staff profile.