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Benedikt Schmid

Benedikt Schmid
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Christian Schulz; working title: Making Transformative Geographies – lessons from community economies in Stuttgart;
committee members: Prof. Tim Freytag (Freiburg) and Gerald Taylor Aiken, PhD (Luxembourg), University of Luxembourg

Research interests: sustainability transitions, post-growth, practice theory, diverse economy, participatory action research, ontology, critical geography, eco-social organizations, spirituality

Last updated on: Thursday, 06 December 2018

Thesis: Making Transformative Geographies – lessons from community economies in Stuttgart

This study examines the diverse (and often ambiguous) practices participants of sustainability-related initiatives and organisations engage in. Informed by recent debates on degrowth and postcapitalism the study focusses particularly on how growth-critical perspectives translate into practice. 

… this study focuses on the practices of actors that

  • advocate a shift away from a narrow focus on economic growth and are skeptical of current neoliberal attempts to market-based sustainability transitions
  • are part of small, locally owned and directly controlled organizations/initiatives covering a range of for-profit and non-profit legal forms

… this study asks

  • How are ideals of sustainability translated into practice?
  • How do possibilities and constraints interact in practice?
  • What can be gleaned from these examples for sustainability transitions?

Conceptually, the study is informed by diverse economy and practice theory perspectives. Furthermore, a broad range of sustainability-related approaches enter this study, such as the research on de/post-growth, social and environmental justice, transition studies etc.

In terms of methods, this study employs a mixture of interview and observation techniques that express sensitives of participatory action research.

Last updated on: 06 Dec 2018

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See detailStructured Diversity: A Practice Theory Approach to Post- Growth Organisations
Schmid, Benedikt

in Management Revue (2018), 29(3), 281-310

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See detailStadtplanung trifft Sozialunternehmen
Schmid, Benedikt; Schulz, Christian

Article for general public (2018)

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See detailMaking other worlds possible
Schmid, Benedikt

in Local Environment (2017), 22(7), 908-910

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