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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Sustainability Research Cluster

The Sustainability Research Cluster fosters dialogue and collaboration among anthropologists and sociologists researching aspects of socio-cultural, ecological, and economic sustainability in and affiliated with the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. It also seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration between anthropologists, sociologists and the other social science, humanities, and natural science researchers at Leiden University concerned with sustainability.

Research Cluster members

Cluster Activities

  • Workshop work-in-progress and recently published research

  • Encourage collaborative research and publication

  • Organize talks and workshops on sustainability issues*

* We planned to but haven’t done this yet due to COVID restrictions.


Böhm, S., Spierenburg, M., and Lang, T. (2020) Fruits of our labour: Work and organisation in the global food system. Organization, 27(2): 195-202. 

Büscher, B., Feola, G., Fischer, A., Fletcher, R., Gerber, J-F., Harcourt, W., Koster, M.,Schneider,  M.,  Scholtens,  J.,  Spierenburg,  M.,  Walstra,  V.,  Wiskerke,  H. (2020)  Planning  for  a  World  beyond COVID-19:  Five  Pillars  for  Post-Neoliberal  Development. World  Development

De Maaker, Erik & Meenal Tula (2020) Unequal Land Relations in North East India: Custom, Gender and the Market (edited volume, with Meenal Tula). Guwahati: North Eastern Social Research Centre (open access).

De Maaker, Erik (2020), ‘Who Owns the Hills? Ownership, Inequality, and Communal Sharing in the Borderlands of India’, contribution to a special issue on ‘Agrarian Change in Zomia’, guest-edited by Erik de Maaker and Deborah E. Tooker. Asian Ethnology 79(2):357-375 (open access).

Grasseni, Cristina (2018), ‘Understanding skill, food and field’, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 43(3-4): 264-279.

Grasseni Cristina (2018), ‘Grassroots responsible innovation initiatives in short food supply chains’. In: Kalfagianni, A.; Skordili, S. (Eds.) Localising global food: short food supply chains as responses to agri-food system challenges. Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment: Routledge. 41-54.

Grasseni Cristina (2018), ‘Food Citizenship? Collective Food Procurement in European Cities’, EuropeNow (20).

Hagen R.V. & Minter T. (2020), Displacement in the Name of Development. How Indigenous Rights Legislation Fails to Protect Philippine Hunter-Gatherers, Society & Natural Resources 33(1): 65-82.

Littlejohn, A. “Dividing Worlds.” Social Analysis 64, no. 1 (March 1, 2020): 24–43.

Littlejohn, A. “Museums of Themselves: Disaster, Heritage, and Disaster Heritage in Tohoku.” Japan Forum, May 21, 2020, 1–21.

Minter T., Orirana G., Boso D. & Van der Ploeg J. (2018), From happy hour to hungry hour. Logging, fisheries and food security in Malaita, Solomon Islands. no. 2018-07. Penang, Malaysia: WorldFish.

Mari V. & Vasile M. (2020), From recipe to collective improvisation : an ethnographic vignette about food assistance in Barriera di Milano, Turin, lo Squaderno 56: 43-46.

Norström, A.V., C. Cvitanovic, M.F. Löf, S. West, C. Wyborn, P. Balvanera, A.T. Bednarek, E.M. Bennett, R. Biggs, A. de Bremond, B.M. Campbell, J.G. Canadell, S.R. Carpenter, C. Folke, E.A. Fulton, O. Gaffney, S. Gelcich, J.B. Jouffray, M. Leach, M. Le Tissier, B. Martín-López, E. Louder, M.F. Loutre, A.M. Meadow, H. Nagendra, D. Payne, G.D. Peterson, B. Reyers, R. Scholes, C. Ifejika Speranza, M. Spierenburg, M. Stafford-Smith, M. Tengö, S. van der Hel, I. van Putten and H. Österblom (2020) Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research. Nature Sustainability,

Ploeg J. van der, Sukulu M., Govan H., Minter T. & Eriksson H. (2020), Sinking islands, drowned logic; climate change and community-based adaptation discourses in Solomon Islands , Sustainability 12(17): 7225.

Spierenburg, M. (2020) Living on other people’s land; impacts of farm conversions to game farming on  farm dwellers’ abilities to access land in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Society & Natural Resources 33(2): 280-299.

Vasile M. & Duncan J. (2017), 'We want to be part of the broader project': Family Farmers and Local Food Governance in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Built Environment 43(3): 390-401.


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