shaping provisioning systems for
social-ecological transformation

July 1st, 2022


In light of accelerating social-ecological crises, the IPCC report calls for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius”. How can such an unprecedented transformation take place? 

Climate research has increasingly highlighted the insufficiency of individual behavioral changes (e.g. green consumerism), shifting the attention to the framework conditions – so-called provisioning systems (e.g. those for energy, food, or mobility) – that enable and constrain individual behavior. Provisioning systems, including elements such as infrastructures and diverse regulations, structure how everyday life can be lived, thereby establishing the conditions of possibility for climate-friendly living. While it is desirable to behave responsibly within existing framework conditions, it is much more important that more and more actors work together to change them. Thus, the key challenge of a social-ecological transformation consists in shaping provisioning systems collectively in a coordinated and goal-oriented way. This webinar series, consisting of three webinars, addresses this challenge from various angles. 
Colleen Schneider, Richard Bärnthaler and Andreas Novy explore these and other questions in our upcoming Fall Webinar Series on ‘Shaping provisioning systems for Social-Ecological Transformation’.  The first webinar will expand on ‘Synergies between ecological and social provisioning outcomes’, the second webinar will examine ‘Potentials and obstacles in democratizing provision systems for a social-ecological transformation’ and the final third webinar will explore ‘Intervention strategies for a social-ecological transformation in diverse provisioning systems’.

To accompany this webinar series, the IKPS, with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Berlin will publish in a Special Issue on Provisioning Systems.


Webinar Links:

October 4th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (CET)
October 18th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (CET)
November 8th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (CET)

Colleen Schneider
Richard Bärnthaler
Andreas Novy

Participating Speakers

Organised by:

Institute for Multilevel-Governance and Development (WU Vienna);
Institute for Ecological Economics (WU Vienna);
International Karl Polanyi Society

In cooperation with:

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Brussels