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Benedikt Schmid

Benedikt Schmid

Doctoral researcher

Faculté ou Centre Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
Unité de recherche RU IPSE
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E02 15-020
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9569
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39569

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: jeudi 06 décembre 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 déc 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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