Global REsources And Sustainability of European modernization, 1820-2020
The program argues that sustainability issues in neither the Global South, nor in Europe, should be studied in geographical isolation. Through all kinds of 'sustainability telecouplings', the histories of modernization, inequality, well-being and (un)sustainability in the Global North and the Global South became entangled.
DurationOctober 2018 - January 2023
This project wishes to respond to contemporary EU resource challenges. It develops a cultural, social, economic, technological, and environmental history perspective on the current EU societal challenge of European resource security and sustainable resource use.
Through a series of workshops, GREASE builds a research network and research agenda to explore the historical dynamics of these entanglements. GREASE identifies and synthesizes relevant literatures and connects these to ongoing policy and stakeholder debates on present-day well-being and sustainability challenges.
- GREASE brings together scholars working on relevant resource and sustainability history from different historical disciplines in 10 different European countries;
- GREASE initiates a dialogue between European and non-European scholars;
- GREASE organizes debates between scholars and several societal stakeholders, including resource policy makers and statistical offices working on sustainability and well-being monitoring.
Partner PI's are Andreas Fickers (University of Luxemburg), Aristotle Tympas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast (Europa-UniversitätViadrina, Frankfurt O.), Pascal Griset/Leonard Laborie (University of Paris Sorbonne), Matthias Heymann (Aarhus University), Per Högselius (KTH Stockholm), Dirk Jan Koch (Netherlands Ministry of ForeignAffairs), Elena Kochetkova (National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg), Jan-Pieter Smits (Statistics Netherlands), Maria Paula Diogo (New University of Lisbon), and Urban Wråkberg (Arctic University of Norway)
Researchers involved in this project
Erik van der Vleuten
Eindhoven University of Technology
Royal Institute of Technology
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg
Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek
University of Lisbon
Arctic University of Norway
University of Luxembourg
University of Paris, Sorbonne
Project Related Publications
1929 Unilever wordt een multinationale macht(2022)
Catalysing Socio-Ecological ChangeGlobal Environment (2022)
Kalkstein als 'Kritischer' Rohstoff: Eine Stoffgeschichte der Industrialisierung, 1840–1930 [Limestone as a 'critical' raw material: A material history of industrialization, 1840–1930] By Sebastian Haumann. Bielefeld: transcript, 2021. Pp. 362Technology and Culture (2022)
Creating, capturing, and circulating commoditiesThe Extractive Industries and Society (2020)
Connected by oil: a framework to analyze the connected sustainability histories of the Niger and Rhine Deltas, 1950-2015The Extractive Industries and Society (2020)