Food Forests Worlds – A Solution-Oriented Blog, Familiarizing on Sustainable Food Forests

In spring 2020, just before the start of the summer semester in Germany, many things changed due to covid, including seminar formats. My transdisciplinary seminar on identifying potential sites for a food forest in Lüneburg seemed suddenly inappropriate. It would have required networking and meeting of potential practise partners and that was just the opposite … Keep reading

The sustainability transformation of the Mexican fashion sector: how entrepreneurs are leading the transformation through the niche of sustainable fashion

Mexico is a commercial bridge between North American and Central–South American markets. Numerous textile manufacturing activities and trade routes exist along the Mexican territory, making this country one of the textile-market leaders across the whole continent. However, its industry faces many socio-environmental challenges. The phenomena around the sustainability transformation of the textile-fashion sector in Mexico … Keep reading

What makes learning transformative in sustainability transformations?

The term ‘transformative’ in the context of sustainability science is becoming increasingly appealing. Because of the great need for transformation processes towards sustainability, transformative learning appears as a term to indicate that more transformative approaches in education and learning are needed. However, as transformative learning has been taken up in sustainability science in general and … Keep reading

Sustainability entrepreneurship to address large distances in international food supply

I am very happy to finally be sharing on this Blog the first publication of my PhD, co-authored with my supervisors Daniel Lang and Arnim Wiek.  Our research has resulted in us identifying five entrepreneurial solution approaches to address current challenges of international food supply, as I explain below. But before that, some insights about … Keep reading

Where do we go from here? A blog post on crisis and leverage

24. MARCH 2020 / JLEVENTONThis post is written by Julia Leventon, Ioana Duse, Felix Beyers, Tamara Schaal and Josefine Laudan. They work together as a research group at Leuphana University, headed by Julia. The projects they work on are primarily focused on systems change for sustainability, within the food and textiles systems. Julia is currently in the Czech Republic with her family (and … Keep reading

Implementing Sustainable Food Forests – A Transfer Workshop for Stakeholders in Arizona

Food forests address a number of climate change and sustainability challenges. They mimic natural forest ecosystems with a majority of plants being edible such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, mushrooms, and medicinal plants. In the U.S., more than 90 food forests and forest gardens exist.In Arizona, there is a growing community of practitioners and scholars interested … Keep reading

Exploring the transformation of the Mexican fashion-textile sector towards sustainability

Last spring in 2019, I travelled back to Mexico to collect data for the case study of my doctoral project. As I am investigating the learning component (processes, outcomes and conditions) of the sustainability transformation of the Mexican textile-fashion industry, I wanted to approach projects and initiatives working in this field. Nevertheless, it has been … Keep reading

Road to Rhodes – Bridging geographical distance and approaches to science

After the impressive start, the opening of the Future Africa Campus took place. We had so many thoughts and impressions to process, but only 48 hours on a rocky road to Rhodes University in Grahamstown, more than 1,000km south of Pretoria. Even more impressions were added, when meeting many inspiring people from the field of … Keep reading

“Imagine Future Africa”

On Friday, the 29th of March, the official opening event of the Future Africa Campus took place. A proper description of it would be: celebrating a wonderful place and a vision of research for Africa. A broad range of people was invited, from politicians and foundation staff to other leading researchers, deans, professors, Postdocs and … Keep reading