• 01.09.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    1st „Scientific Coffee Human-Forest-Relationships“

    08 September 2021
    13-15 CET / 14-16 EEST

    Input: Anne Matilainen (University of Helsinki): Feelings of psychological ownership towards forests

    With the “Scientific Coffee” sessions we – the junior research group ,flumen´ and the research project ,Human-forest relationship in Societal Change’ – pursue our cooperation and exchange on the relations between society, humans and forests that we started with the workshop “Contested Society-Nature-Relations. Forest related Emotions, Practices & Conflicts in Times of Societal Change” in May 2021.

    The Scientific Coffee HFR starts with our colleague Anne Matilainen from the University of Helsinki who is researching the concept of psychological ownership in the context of forests. More information about her academic work you find here.

    Anne will give a short introduction to the concept of psychological ownership and her research. With coffee and cookies at hand, we will have plenty of room for an open discussion and exchange. The scientific coffee will take place on zoom (link comes with the registration).

    Please give us a quick reply if you plan to attend on September, 8th by registrating at

    We are looking forward to see you at the Scientific Coffee!

    The “Scientific Coffee HFR” sessions give room for open and relaxed discussions on current research subjects related to human and society relations to forests. They take place as often as we find the time to organise another session – but at least one session per semester is planned. If you are interested in contributing to the next “Scientific Coffee HFR”, please contact with info on your subject (title and short abstract) and a preferred Wednesday (13-15 CET / 14-16 EEST).

  • 01.07.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Sessions zu „Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis“

    Die Forschungsgruppe „flumen“ organisiert am 6. Juli 2021 drei Live-Stream-Sessions zu Bioökonomie und Wachstum auf der online-Konferenz „Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis“.

    Growth, Technology and the Bioeconomy (6. Juli, 13:45-15:15 Uhr GMT+1 (UK-Zeit) | in Deutschland: 14:45-16:15 Uhr!)
    – Dennis Eversberg, Jana Holz: Empty Promises of Growth: The Bioeconomy and Its Multiple Reality Checks
    – Miriam Boyer & Sarah Hackfort: The Growth Paradigm and the High-Tech Bioeconomy
    – Matthias Schmelzer: Fossil capital and carbon mentalities: Contours of the social in historical studies on energy transitions

    The global frontlines of the bioeconomy: Conflicts and rural social inequalities related to the expansion of the bioeconomy (6. Juli, 13:45-15:15 Uhr GMT+1 (UK-Zeit)| in Deutschland 14:45-16:15 Uhr!)
    – Eduardo Erazo Acosta: The power of the ancestral philosophy of Alli kawsay (Buen Vivir) in the indigenous movements of Colombia – Ecuador
    – Axel Anlauf: Contesting the bioeconomy‘s bottleneck–conflicts around phosphate mining and trade in Piura, Peru
    – Anne Tittor: Towards an extractivist bioeconomy without decarbonization?
    – Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen: Envisioning just bioeconomy transformations for Europe: Drawing from degrowth and intersectional decolonial environmental justice movements and ideas

    European perspectives in the contested transformation towards a bio-based economy (6. Juli, 15:30-17:00 Uhr GMT+1 (UK-Zeit) | in Deutschland: 16:30-18:00 Uhr!)
    – Maja Hoffmann, Clive Spash: Sectoral analysis of the impacts of greenhouse gas mitigation on work for the Austrian economy, and implications for the debates on just transition and degrowth
    – Joachim Spangenberg: The German Bioeconomy Strategy – Debunking the Narrative
    – Philip Koch: Transitions in the Andalusian Olive Oil sector – History, Perceptions and Conflicts
    – Lilian Pungas: Social-ecological mentalities within the semi-subsistence urban agriculture in Estonia

    „Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis“ ist eine internationale online-Konferenz des International Degrowth Research Networks, der International Society for Ecological Economics und der European Society for Ecological Economics. Sie findet vom 5. bis 8. Juli 2021 online statt und wird organisiert von der Universität Manchester (UK).

    Mehr Infos zur Konferenz allgemein:

    Spreadsheet, das ein aktuelles Programm beinhaltet: (Alle Angaben in GMT+1, dh in deutscher Zeit nochmals +1h)

    Registrierung (kostenlos!):

  • 08.06.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Start des Wissenschafts-Kunstprojektes „Bio Bio SUV“

    Ausstellungseröffnung & Diskussionsveranstaltung „Bioökonomie – und was hat das mit mir zu tun?“ der Nachwuchsgruppe flumen in Kooperation mit Sebastian Jung am 11. Juni 2021


  • 13.05.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Call for Papers

    Special Issue on Promises of growth and sustainability in the bioeconomy

    Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2021

    In current debates about the future of modern societies, one concept is increasingly marshalled as providing an answer to multiple challenges: the bioeconomy. The dominant narrative makes the claim that shifting to a bioeconomy based on the flow of renewable energies and biological resources societies can achieve both: ‘green’ economic growth and a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and resources, thus building a sustainable future.

    Bio-based economies rely on renewable materials only available within biophysical limits and dependent on cyclical regenerative processes that cannot be expanded and accelerated at will. It is thus disputable whether economic growth and the accumulation of ever-increasing amounts of energy and goods can continue in an economy based on renewable resources. Political actors and strategies often claim that the bioeconomy will bring far-reaching changes towards sustainability at all levels and in all sectors of society and individual lifestyles. At the same time, the concrete actions of key players in politics, science and industry seem to assume that the bioeconomy will allow them to continue with business as usual and avoid a turn away from the growth paradigm and techno-optimistic solutionism.

    The aim of this special issue is to shed light on the nexus of sustainability, technology and growth within the bioeconomy from multidisciplinary, critical and constructive perspectives. We invite empirical and/or conceptual contributions.

    More information: here

  • 12.05.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Online-Workshop „Contested Society-Nature-Relations“

    on 27th-28th May 2021.

    The Junior Research Group „Mentalities in Flux“ (flumen) in cooperation with the ‘Human-forest relationship in Societal Change’ – Research Project (University of Helsinki & University of Eastern Finland) organise the multidisciplinary workshop on contested society-nature-relations in order to discuss the changing relationships between individuals, society as a whole, and nature – especially forests – in times of societal change.

    Programme, registration procedure and more information can be found on the flumen website.

    Different human-forest-relationships mirror different values and attitudes of individuals and societies towards forests and various forms of forest usage and exploitation. They are subject to transformations over time, provoked for instance by global land use changes, degradation of (forest) land or the valorization of forests and their possible implications. Human-forest-relationships are an interesting matter for studying societal and political debates as well as economic and political power relations. The workshop is embedded in a research cooperation between Finnish and German-speaking researchers.

    As part of the workshop, we invite all participants and the interested public to join us for a public event in the evening of the 27th of May 2021 (in Finnish and German). Together with experts from both countries we will discuss the role of emotions and relations to forests for a sustainable future.

  • 17.02.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Field research in Finland and Estonia

    Lilian Pungas and Jana Holz, two of flumen employees and prospective doctoral students did their field research in Finland and Estonia in the late summer weeks.

    Read two short reports here.