Award: Österreichischer Nachwuchspreis für Entwicklungsforschung

Im Rahmen der 25. OeAD-Hochschultagung verlieh die Kommission für Entwicklungsforschung den Österreichischen Preis für Entwicklungsforschung, der aus Mitteln des BMWFW finanziert wird. Dr. Georg Grünberg erhält den diesjährigen Preis, mit dem er für sein Lebenswerk geehrt wird. Der Nachwuchspreis 2015 geht an Robert Hafner MSc, Mitarbeiter am Institut für Geografie an der Universität Innsbruck.

Transitions towards sustainable regional development

A comparative study of rural mountain regions in the Global North and South

[2015 – 2016]

Societies around the world are facing several challenges resulting of persistent problems like climate and demographic change, environmental pollution or economic restructuring in the face of globalization. In order to deal with these problems the normative concept of sustainable development has emerged in the last decades. The transdisciplinary project “Transitions towards sustainable regional development” wants to identify processes which lead to more sustainable forms of society. Particularly we focus on transition processes in peripheral rural areas of Northwest-Argentina (Valles Calchaquíes) and Vorarlberg (Großes Walsertal) using the heuristic framework of transition studies. Continue reading “Transitions towards sustainable regional development”

regionalverantwortlich.at

Regionalität und Nachhaltigkeit spielen für Gesellschaft und Unternehmen eine immer wichtigere Rolle. Unsere Idee ist, den aktuellen Stand Nachhaltigkeitsforschung als Beratungsdienstleistung in die Praxis umzusetzen. Wir beraten Unternehmen bei der Optimierung ihres Geschäftsmodells hinsichtlich ökonomischer, ökologischer und sozialer Nachhaltigkeit und ihrer Verantwortung für ihre Region. Continue reading “regionalverantwortlich.at”

CAST Award 2014: R|V|U in 6th place

On January 28, 2015, the center for academic spin-offs tyrol (CAST) awarded the best ideas of 2014; and our project R|V|U (regional verantwortliches Unternehmen; i.e. regionally responsible company), promoting the idea of Corporate Regional Responsibilty as a new tool to strengthten the ties between companies, regional stakeholders and locals as well as the natural environment, ranked in sixth place! Continue reading “CAST Award 2014: R|V|U in 6th place”

MSCA-RISE Project: ODYSSEA

Observatory of the Dynamics of Interactions between Societies and Environment in the Amazon

[2016 – 2020]

Achieving a sustainable development trajectory in Amazonia is one of the key challenges facing Brazil, and is also an important international concern. ODYSSEA assembles an internationally renowned European and Brazilian multidisciplinary and intersectoral team. We aim to produce fundamental science and tools in order to build an innovative multi-and interdisciplinary observatory to monitor and assess dynamic interactions between Amazon societies and their environments. This observatory will serve as a basis for policy development that integrates social, environmental, political-economic and human health dimensions. Our methodology puts the society at the heart of the observatory’s building process, engaging stakeholders and decision makers in the research to favour advancement of their objectives and commitment to sustainable development issues. Continue reading “MSCA-RISE Project: ODYSSEA”

Risks and Chances of Global Change in NW-Argentina

Socio-Economic Dynamics – Adaptation Strategies – Regional Sustainability

[2011 – 2013]

Northwest-Argentina is, due to its physiographical settings and specific historical development, a strongly heterogeneous and fragmented region. In the context of Global Change, new and manifold political, social as well as ecological risks arise. The resulting contradictory results are being analysed to identify chances and potentials for sustainable regional development. Continue reading “Risks and Chances of Global Change in NW-Argentina”

MOOC Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

On January 12, 2015 the online course, MOOC Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate (with contributions by me as well) went online.

This MOOC enhances knowledge and skills for tackling complex issues such as resilience and transformation, sustainable development, ecosystem management, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and how they can be operationalized. Continue reading “MOOC Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate”

1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Fairness

“Towards International Resource Fairness – Theories, Conflicts and Policies”

International researchers and practitioners met at the the kick-off event of the transdisciplinary Network “Faire Ressourcenversorgung” (“fair provision of resources”) held from 4-6 December 2014 in Vienna.

Natural resources have become a key issue in international politics. Competition for access to and control of natural resources has intensified, and so have conflicts over the distribution of benefits as well as over negative environmental and social impacts of exploration and production. In this context, the question arises of how to conceptualize “resource fairness”, i.e. how access to, distribution and use of natural resources can be organized in a way that takes into account the legitimate interests of all actors and institutions involved. In this context, far-reaching questions emerge with regard to the current modes of production and living.

For a more detailed review (in German) click here.

The Risk of Inclusion

Socio-ecological conflicts and environmental justice viewed from the Chaco Occidental, a soy frontier of globalisation

[10/2012 – 06/2017]

The cultivation, commodification and distribution of soy have, particularly in Latin America, undergone enormous growth and internationalisation processes. Driven by its high lucrativeness new territories for GM soybean monocultures are explored. Here, the example of the Chaco Occidental, a traditionally peripheral region with high deficits in terms of economic and infrastructure is presented. Due to globalisation processes and favoured by climate change, significant structure and power shifts are observed at the new frontier of globalisation, leading to socio-ecological conflicts among old and new regional actors as well as varying interests groups. Continue reading “The Risk of Inclusion”

New Book

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Coverabbildung Robert Hafner
handlung | macht | raum
Urbane Materialsammler-Kooperativen und ihre Livelihoods-Strategien in Buenos Aires

Reihe: Investigaciones. Forschungen zu Lateinamerika Bd. 19, 2014, 240 S., 29.90 EUR, br.,
ISBN 978-3-643-50582-8

In Buenos Aires fallen täglich mehr als 5000 Tonnen Müll an. Materialsammler, jene, die ihren Lebensunterhalt mit dem Abfall der Gesellschaft verdienen, stehen zehn Jahre nach der Wirtschaftskrise in Argentinien im Fokus dieses Buches. Auf dem Weg zur Formalisierung und im Spannungsfeld zwischen Sichtbarkeit und Unsichtbarkeit werden Livelihoods-Strategien von vier Kooperativen in Buenos Aires gegenübergestellt: Es zeigt sich eine Bandbreite an unterschiedlichen Zugängen räumlicher Praktiken, Handlungs- und Machtverständnissen, dargelegt durch eine neue, eine Perspektive von Innen.

English Abstract

Buenos Aires accounts for approximately 5000 tons of waste per day. Waste pickers basing their livelihoods on society’s waste have been invisible until the economic crisis in 2001 in Argentina. Only due to the rapid increase of this informal and marginalised group and their appearance in public space, their existence has been noticed. Ten years later, on their way from informality to formality, four different livelihood-strategies of waste picker cooperatives are analysed and compared. Spatial practices, organisation structures and ideologies are as much at the core of interest as actions, interactions and power relationships among actors in social space.