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Socio-Environmental Dynamics Research Group (SONYA)

SONYA is a research center connecting different perspectives and disciplines for the study of links between society and environment

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Socio-Environmental Dynamics Research Group (SONYA)

Our work is contributing to empirical and fundamental research about socio-environmental dynamics, in order to participate of a transformation to a sustainable society, through teaching and participation to societal debates.

What we do

SONYA's News

SONYA attended the VUB-ULB research day on « Urban and Sustainable Transitions »

September 21, 2022

SONYA (as a member of iiTSE) was one of the organisers of the research day that took place on 16/09/2022. Here we share with you a view on the programme and some details of the event.

JOB OFFER PhD scholarschip in Sustainability Evaluation

September 20, 2022

In the frame of the SUSFOODBEL project, funded by the Belgian Federal government (BELSPO Brain program), we offer a 4 year PhD scholarship jointly supervised by UGent and ULB, Belgium. (SUSFOODBEL – “Transitioning to healthy diets from sustainable food systems in Belgium: Priority policy actions and their multiple sustainability impacts”)

New publication on Transitions Directionality by Bonno Pel

September 20, 2022

Diversifying deep transitions: Accounting for socio-economic directionality. Our SONYA colleague Bonno Pel published a new article on "Deep Transition(s)".

Les auteurs de "Héritage et fermeture: une écologie du démantèlement" sont les invités de SONYA le 3 mai prochain

September 20, 2022

Le mardi 3 mai (14-16h), nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir Diego Landivar et Alexandre Monnin de l'ESC Clermont Business School (France) pour tenter de répondre à la question suivante: Comment renoncer aux futurs déjà obsolètes ?

New publication on water governance and knowledge politics in Ecuador by María Mancilla García

September 20, 2022

This paper has been published in the first issue of Alternautas as a journal. Alternautas is the name of a group of young scholars working on development alternatives and alternatives to development in Latin America. The group is very dear to SONYA, as one of its founding members, Julien Vanhulst did his PhD among us and María Mancilla García was for a long time part of the editorial board and is now part of the scientific advisory board. In this paper, Maria contributes to analyzing the research conducted by her long-term collaborator Emilie Dupuits, with whom they have written the opening of a special issue on water governance for Alternautas blog, and participated in a special issue in Ecology and Society on Water governance across the development spectrum.

Energy Prospect Workshop

September 14, 2022

Energy Prospect Workshop Workshop took place May 31st and June 1st 2022