Research project

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.

October 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

Collaborative Partners

  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Aarhus University
  • 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
  • Europa-UniversitätViadrina, Frankfurt
  • University of Paris, Sorbonne