Transnational networks for regenerative development in Europe

CEI researcher Ana Margarida Esteves’s project “EuroREGEN: Transnational networks for regenerative development in Europe: A comparative perspective on grassroots mobilisation and policy advocacy” has been awarded funding by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The project is developed in partnership with Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) at the University of Coimbra, and Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Social (CIS) at Iscte.
About the project

Industrial mass production and globalized supply chains bring numerous challenges and risks. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial instability, rising economic and political polarization, and associated threats to human livelihoods require systems-based, multidimensional solutions that promote resilience from the ground up. Such solutions need to address the root cause of these issues: a paradigm of development that reduces well-being to quantitative criteria, underestimating the importance of social and ecological relationships.

Regenerative approaches to development treat natural and human processes as inherently linked. The EuroREGEN project will undertake a comparative analysis of how transnational networks of autonomous initiatives working at the scale of the local community (Community-Led Initiatives or CLIs) in Europe mobilize within and across national borders and engage public institutions in order to promote favourable institutional environments for regenerative development.

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Ana Margarida Esteves

Researcher at CEI-IUL. PhD in Sociology (Brown University); held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies (New Orleans). Research interests: Social and Solidarity Economy, popular education, community-based finance, participatory action research, alternative food systems, local development, and direct and participatory democracy, as well as on how to integrate “specialist” and “lay” knowledge in academic and activist research.

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