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I am Lecturer in Environment and Development at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

My research tackles the grand challenge of understanding and promoting a societal change towards socially just and environmentally sustainable ways of pursuing social prosperity. My work contributes to understanding on the social-ecological mechanisms underpinning, or preventing, human-environment interactions and societal transformations toward sustainability in different places. I engage with issues of sustainability, resilience and transformation of agriculture and rural systems, alternative economies and grassroots innovations for sustainability, social change theories and sustainability.

This website contains information on my research, teaching and academic service, and gives access to my publications.


Sep 2015 | I have joined the Editorial Board of the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary Climate Studies) as an Associate Editor.

Sep 2015 | New publicationFeola, G., Butt, A. The diffusion of grassroots innovations for sustainability in Italy and Great Britain: an exploratory spatial data analysis. The Geographical Journaldoi: 10.1111/geoj.12153

Sep 2015 | I am presenting at the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers in Exeter. My contributions are on the diffusion of grassroots innovations for sustainability and on resilience and transformation at the margins. 

Aug 2015 | I have joined the Editorial Board of the interdisciplinary journal Palgrave Communications as an Associate Editor.

July 2015 | I am presenting at the conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics in Leeds on institutional change and continuity in the Colombian Andes, and on emerging concepts of transformation in response to environmental change.

June 2015 | Narratives of grassroots innovations: A comparison of Voluntary Simplicity and the Transition Movement in Italy is now open access here.

May 2015 | My paper Considering the normative, systemic and procedural dimensions in indicator-based sustainability assessments in agriculture is in the top 4 most cited Environmental Impact Assessment Review articles [Open access here].

April 2015 | New publication: Researching  farmer behaviour in climate change adaptation and sustainable agriculture: lessons learned from five case studies in the Journal of Rural studies [Open access here].

February 2015 | Blog post: Societal transformation in response to global environmental change. Open questions and challenges ahead


May 2014 | My research Failure and Success of Transition initiatives with Richard Nunes featured in Pandeia.eu: here.

April 2014 | A chat over my research Failure and Success of Transition initiatives with Richard Nunes and Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement. Text available here.