Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’

Iris Kunze on innovative perspectives to change the economy

There are numerous grassroots movements and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, resilient and just societies. Many of them have a specific vision on the economy and relate to alternative visions of a ‘New Economy’. The research project TRANSIT highlights four prominent strands of new economy thinking in state-of-the-art discussions: degrowth, collaborative economy, solidarity economy, and social entrepreneurship. …. read more on the DEGROWTH BLOG

Nachhaltigkeitspraktiken in drei Ökodörfern und drei Klimagemeinden

Wir haben neue Forschungsergebnisse über die Nachhaltigkeitspraktiken der Ökodörfer Sieben Linden, Pomali und Lebensraum Gänserndorf und drei Klimagemeinden veröffentlicht. Die Ergebnisse und weitere Informationen über das Forschungsprojekt COSIMA, gefördert durch das Austrian Climate Research Programm können auf der Website des Österreichischen Instituts für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung heruntergeladen werden.

Hier geht es direkt zum Forschungsbericht über das Ökodorf Sieben Linden von Iris Kunze

Ecodistrict Vauban & co-housing Genova

research report on the social innovation of the co-operative housing movement

As part of the empirical research of the EU FP7-project TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) Iris Kunze and Andrea Philipp have conducted an in-depth case study on the ecodistrict Vauban in Freiburg, Germany, consisting of several co-housing initiatives, also the housing cooperative GENOVA was partly examined. This study is related to the TRANSIT empirical research of the international housing co-operative movement and the local project El Hogar Obrero in Argentina, conducted by Facundo Picabea, Agustín Bidinost and Lucas Becerra from the National University of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentinia. A summary is available here

Please download the full research report on Vauban of 50 pages here:

Kunze, Iris, Philipp, Andrea (2016): The Eco-District of Vauban and the co-housing project GENOVA. In: Picabea, F., Kunze, I., Bidinost, A., Phillip, A. and Becerra, L (coord.) (2016) Case Study Report: Co-operative Housing. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and social innovation

Research report published

This research report is based on empirical research over years, including participant observation, narrative interviews and document analyses. The research was conducted in the frame of the project TRANSIT which intends to build an empirically based theory of social innovation by examining 20 global networks of social innovation. The 124 pages long research report on GEN and the two local ecovillages of Schloss Tempelhof in Germany and Tamera in Portugal plus three summaries can be downloaded from the TRANSIT website. The long report is to download under:

Kunze, I. and Avelino, F. (2015) Social innovation and the Global Ecovillage Network (TRANSIT research report), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.32-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

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Newly published research report: Social Innovation and Slow Food Freiburg

As part of the empirical research of the EU FP7-project TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) Dr. Iris Kunze has conducted an in-depth case study on the local initiative of Slow Food in Freiburg, Germany. This study is related to the TRANSIT empirical research of the Slow Food international movement and the local group of Araba-Vitoria, Spain, conducted by Isabel Lema Blanco and Adina Dumitru of the University of A Coruna. A summary and the entire research report on Slow Food and the two local groups is available on the TRANSIT website here

The chapter on Slow Food Freiburg by Iris Kunze can be downloaded here:

Kunze. Iris (2016): Social Innovation and Slow Food Freiburg. In: Dumitru, A., Lema-Blanco, I., Kunze, I. & García-Mira, R. (2015). Slow Food Movement. Case-study report. TRANSIT Deliverable 3.2, TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Slow Food Freiburg als Fallbeispiel

Eine gerade fertiggestellte Forschungsstudie nahm die internationale Slow Food Bewegung und zwei regionale convivien auf Ihre gesellschaftliche Wirkung und soziale Innovationskraft in Augenschein. Forscherin Dr. Iris Kunze von der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien untersuchte das convivium Freiburg und berichtet über das Forschungsprojekt, Ergebnisse und Erfahrungen während der Untersuchung.

Ein zusammenfassender Artikel in deutsch, wie er in abgewandelter Form für die “Schneckenpost Freiburg” erschienen ist, wurde am 10.Juni 2016 im blog von TRANSIT veröffentlicht.

Ecovillages: isolated islands or multipliers of social innovations?

Ecovillages are particularly interesting social innovations… While the core intentions, purposes and motivations may differ in each ecovillage, they all have one crucial feature in common: By experimenting with new forms of sustainable living, governance, economy, education and everything that can be done in a newly founded village,… read more in the blog of the TRANSIT research project 

Conference of the International Communal Studies Association

ICSA Conference in Tamera: 1st to 3rd of July 2016

The conference of the International Communal Studies Association will take place in the community of Tamera in Portugal.

The theme of the conference is: Community approaches towards inner and outer peace.

Call for Sessions, Papers and Presentations is open. Please visit the official conference website:

http://icsa.tamera.org/