Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research
Artist: Anne Ludwig, "Dom Mosaik"

Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research

Short Description

This working group will advance two pillars of GLP’s Science Plan 2016-2021. First, this working group will provide a platform to advance methodologies for analyzing and synthesizing recurrent patterns from contextualized case studies by using the archetype approach. Second, it will advance analysis on land governance including by building bridges to the research community of institutional analysis of the commons.

Goals and Objectives

The specific objectives of this Working Group are:

  1. to consolidate the archetype approach by taking stock of applications, methods, roots, opportunities and current limitations;

  2. to push current methodological frontiers by encouraging methodological debate and cutting-edge applications;

  3. to advance understanding of key sustainability challenges and opportunities by presenting new applications of archetype analysis;

  4. to provide a platform to bridge land system science and institutional analysis/commons research communities to advance case study synthesis methods and analysis of land governance, and

  5. to provide a platform for a next generation of archetype analysis.

Open Science Meeting 2019

We are organizing a session entitled “Archetype analysis in sustainability research: meanings, methods, and applications” at the 4thOpen Science Meeting (OSM) of the Global Land Programme in Bern, Switzerland, April 24-26, 2019. The session objectives are, first, to present and discuss the major findings and implications of the upcoming Special Feature in Ecology & Society. Second, this session shall provide an important space for presenting and discussing new and ongoing research on archetypes.

Next to this research session, we will organize two other events on archetypes at the OSM. First, a so-called ‘innovative and immersive session’, in which we will use an interactive World Café methodology to stimulate lively debate about the overarching question: “Are there archetypes of land system transformations towards sustainable development?” Second, we will hold a planning meeting among all who can participate to discuss next steps to be taken in the evolving network on archetypes (e.g. upcoming themes and innovations; upcoming events such as the planned third workshop etc.). You will be cordially invited to attend the WorldCafé and planning events at the OSM, but no further action from your side on this is needed at the moment.

Related Information


March 26, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, November 2, 2019 (All day)

The Third Archetype Workshop will be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, from Oct 30 to Nov 1, 2019. The workshop will follow up on previous two successful workshops held in Bern in 2017 and Berlin in 2018.

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June 19, 2018

Applications are welcome for a summer school on Archetype Analysis at HU Berlin from 8-12 October 2018, led by GLP Working Group Coordinators Klaus Eisenack, Christoph Oberlack and Diana Seitz and additional GLP Members. The application deadline is June 29, 2018.

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April 19, 2018

The coordinators of the Archetype Analysis Working Group cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming Special Feature on “Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society from now onward until 31 May 2018.

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Working Group Coordinators


Working Group Members