Iris Kunze

Iris Kunze
Institute for Integral Studies Freiburg

PhD

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January 2014 - present
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Position
  • senior researcher, project manager
October 2011 - August 2013
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Position
  • coordinator of the docoral school of sustainable development
August 2008 - September 2011
University of Münster
Position
  • research and teaching assistant

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Publications (38)
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This article provides a rationale for inner transformation as a key and hitherto underresearched dimension of sustainability transformations. Inner transformation relates to various aspects of human existence and interactions such as consciousness, mindsets, values, worldviews, beliefs, spirituality and human–nature connectedness. The article draws...
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This paper responds to the need in innovation research for conceptual clarity and solid theory on social innovation (SI). The paper conceptualizes SI as changing social relations, involving new ways of doing, knowing, framing and organizing, and theorizes transformative social innovation (TSI) as the process of SI challenging, altering, or replacin...
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Sociologists largely discuss ‘community’ and ‘individual’ as antonyms, arguing that modernity has led to an erosion of community. Indeed, individualisation has been a one-sided development that has not been accompanied by the emergence of a new mode of commonality. Against this sociocultural background, ‘intentional communities’ have been increasin...
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Alongside current policy discourses on the transformative potentials of social innovation, social innovation initiatives also construct their own accounts of how society can be transformed and by whom. Building on state-of-the-art futures studies and narrative research and their linkages, this article unfolds these narratives of change (NoC) by soc...
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This paper contributes to public and academic discussions on empowerment and social innovation by conceptualizing the mechanisms of empowerment from a social psychology perspective, and empirically exploring how people are empowered through both local and transnational linkages, i.e. translocal networks. Section 2 conceptualizes empowerment as the...
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currently mainly involved in the EU FP7-project TRANSIT on social innovation, COSIMA on community-based practices for climate change mitigation and LiFT on leadership for transition working with multi-stakeholder facilitation methods.
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The local level has gained prominence in climate policy and governance in recent years as it is increasingly perceived as a privileged arena for policy experimentation and social and institutional innovation. However, the success of local climate governance in industrialized countries has been limited. One reason may be that local communities focus...
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The challenge of facilitating a shift towards sustainable housing, food and mobility has been taken up by diverse community-based initiatives ranging from "top-down" approaches in low-carbon municipalities to "bottom-up" approaches in intentional communities. This paper compares intervention measures in four case study areas belonging to these two...
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An updated version of this working paper has been published in the 'Research Policy' journal (2020). Pel, B., Haxeltine, A., Avelino, F., Dumitru, A., Kemp, R., Bauler, T., Kunze, I., Dorland, J., Wittmayer, W. & Jørgensen, M. S. (2020), Towards a theory of Transformative Social Innovation: a relational framework and 12 propositions, Research Pol...
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Über den Fokus Alltagspraktiken den Handlungsraum für Klimaschutz erhöhen Der jüngste Bericht des Weltklimarates der Vereinten Nationen (IPCC) betont erneut die Dringlichkeit einer grundlegenden und umfassenden Transition industrialisierter Gesellschaften hin zu einer low-carbon Gesellschaft. Angesichts des sich schnell schließenden Zeitfensters z...
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This 4th TRANSIT brief, authored by Adina Dumitru, Isabel Lema-Blanco and colleagues, offers insights into the following questions: what is social learning, what does it consist of in the case of SI initiatives, and why is social learning important – even foundational – for SI initiatives as well as wider society? Because social innovation initiat...
Technical Report
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This deliverable is the synthesis report of work package 5 ‘Cases and Evidence – Meta analysis’. It presents the results of the meta-analysis of TSI propositions through the Critical Turning Points database. This database contains 65 local manifestations of transnational social innovation networks in 28 different countries, and almost 400 in-depth...
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This TRANSIT brief offers insights into the following questions: what is social learning, what does it consist of in the case of SI initiatives, and why is social learning important – even foundational – for SI initiatives as well as wider society? The brief also, brief provides insight into the role of networks in social learning for social innova...
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Neoliberalism is a powerful narrative that has shaped processes of urban economic development across the globe. This paper reports on four nascent ‘new economic’ narratives which represent fundamentally different imaginaries of the urban economy. Experiments informed by these narratives challenge the dominant neoliberal logic in four key dimensions...
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The co-housing movement, in terms of its international networks and regional, national and local institutions represents a clear initiative of social innovation; both for its history and its present. Maybe, the co-housing movement is the oldest and more spread case of the empirical research made for Batch I and Batch II. In this sense, this case is...
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In his book The Great Transformation (1944), Karl Polanyi introduced the concept of a double movement in society. The first movement is towards marketization: the spread of market thinking and market-based forms of allocation throughout society, driven by international trade and naturalist ideas of competition and utilitarianism. The second movemen...
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Social innovation is increasingly believed to have a great potential for addressing persistent societal challenges such as sustainability, social inclusion, democratization and deprivation. We understand transformative social innovation (TSI) as social innovation that is aimed to challenge, alter, replace or provide alternatives to dominant institu...
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The chosen case study for transformative social innovation of co-housing is Vauban located in the City of Freiburg, in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. Vauban is not a single co-housing project, but a special model district of sustainable living and participatory planning in which several co-housing initiatives could be realized. This is...
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The Slow Food International Association, founded in Italy in 1986, is present in 160 countries in the world, throughout 1.500 “convivial” (local chapters) formed by 100.000 members (who economically sustain the organization) and 1.000.000 supporters. Slow Food also counts with several national associations (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Japan,...
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First not published research findings on social innovations of the Ecovillage of Schloss Tempelhof from 2014. THe study was done for the social innovation theory reserach project TRANSIT: Availabe online: http://www.transitsocialinnovation.eu/resource-hub/global-ecovillage-network-gen
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The ways people relate to their environment are recognized as relevant to landscape sustainability efforts and policies. Contemporary human–nature relationship concepts have historical and philosophical roots and frame empirical explorations. An increasingly dominant paradigm guiding landscape assessment and management is the notion of ecosystem se...
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In individualisierten Kulturen der Spätmoderne lässt sich eine steigende Sehnsucht nach Gemeinschaft erkennen, die nicht gegen die Individualisierung, sondern vielmehr als Transformationsversuch derer negativ-kultureller Aspekte – Entfremdung, Vereinzelung – verstanden werden kann. Welche Sehnsüchte treiben Menschen dieser Szene um? Eine jüngst daz...
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Has modernity killed “community”? What is the social dimension of sustainability and why is community relevant for it? After a sociological discussion whether community is a category of the past or has revived in a new fashion and Communitarian efforts to combine individual freedom and communal cooperation the author examines the innovative potenti...
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Die auf der Sektionssitzung gestellte Frage nach Mikrostrukturen transnationaler Vergesellschaftungen rückt konkrete Orte ins Zentrum der Analyse, in denen im praktischen Vollzug transnationale, interkulturelle Sozialität entsteht. Intentionale Gemeinschaften, denen wir in unserem Vortrag besondere Aufmerksamkeit schenken, sind solche Orte. Sie sin...
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Auf der Suche nach Lösungen für die soziale, ökologische und ökonomische Krise, explorierte die Autorin sozialökologische Ansätze und die Bedeutung der sozialen Dimension der Nachhaltigkeit. Wie entstehen sozial und ökologisch nachhaltige Organisationsstrukturen? Aus Nachhaltigkeitsansätzen wurde ein „Prinzipienkatalog“ zusammengestellt anhand dess...
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Das Modell der Ökologie menschlicher Entwicklung hat vor allem die Sozialisationsforschung beeinfl usst, um zu erklären, wie die Persönlichkeitsentwicklung sozialstrukturell verankert ist (vgl. Grundmann 2006a, 2008). Es bietet eine Heuristik, mit der die Dimensionen des Einfl usses der sozialen Umwelt auf die Persönlichkeitsentwicklung analytisch...
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"Obwohl seit mehr als 20 Jahren bekannt ist, dass die derzeitige abendländische Lebensweise ökologisch nicht nachhaltig und sozial nicht gerecht ist, scheint sie sich mit der Globalisierung mehr denn je auszubreiten. Die Ursachen dafür sind längst nicht vollständig erkannt und zahlreiche - wohl aber zu wenige - Forschungsvorhaben beschäftigen sich...

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Projects (3)
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TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs for four years, from January 2014 until December 2017. TRANSIT will utilize a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance. The theory will be based on insights from other theories e.g. transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. The research project studies how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation.
Archived project
We are developing a theory on Transformative Social Innovation that is a process of change in social relations, involving new ways of doing, organizing, framing and/or knowing. Transformative Social Innovation challenges, alters and/or replaces dominant institutions and structures. Web: http://www.transitsocialinnovation.eu/
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TRANSIT is a European Community funded (FP7) research initiative, responding to the call for research on "Social Innovation: empowering people, changing societies". It is coordinated by DRIFT (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands), and involves twelve separate research institutes from across Europe and Latin-America (including the UFRJ/Coppe DESIS Lab). It aims to develop a theory of transformative social innovation, by studying how networks of social entrepreneurs and families of social innovation projects contribute to systemic societal change. Website: http://www.transitsocialinnovation.eu/