6th International Research Workshop on Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (All day) to Friday, June 9, 2023 (All day)
Lund University, Sweden (and hybrid)


The workshop will strengthen the network of researchers using the archetypes approach in sustainability research. Specifically, it will provide a unique opportunity to:

  1. Present and discuss cutting-edge sustainability research which uses archetype analysis: Empirical, theoretical, and methodological developments.
  2. Work on joint papers, research proposals, and special issues in interactive breakout groups.
  3. Pitch new research ideas and spark collaborative follow-up activities.


We invite the following kinds of contributions:

  1. Full paper: You share original research or methodological developments as part of a panel with 2-3 other presenters and receive feedback from audience members.
  2. Pitches:  Short presentations with new ideas for papers or projects, or reports on running projects and research grant applications.
  3. Themed break-out sessions: To discuss a particular topic, start or continue collaborative research.

This year, we particularly invite contributions related to conflicts and sustainability, e.g., in relation to social welfare, justice, commons and institutions, populism and social cohesion, and resource-use (land/water conflicts, climate change, biodiversity).

We also invite contributions related to methods and to themes from previous workshops, including dynamic archetype analysis, transferability and scaling of solutions, the science-policy-society interface, transdisciplinary research, and scenario archetypes.

The workshop will also include plenaries, social events, further room for collaboration, and paper feedback sessions. Welcome and orientation material for new members of the network will be offered.


Proposals for full paper presentations, pitches, or themed break-out sessions need to be submitted with an abstract (about 400 words). Full papers require an extended abstract (statements on: topic, methods, results, relevance for archetype analysis). Selection is made through peer-review by the scientific program committee. Authors of accepted presentations are invited but not obliged to share full or draft papers.


30th of January: Submissions of abstracts on https://tinyurl.com/2e8sxhyv
10th of March: Feedback on accepted papers and break-out sessions
2nd of May: Registration on https://tinyurl.com/4jsuwtnj


The workshop will bring together 30-40 researchers from different fields of sustainability research (including but not restricted to land-use science, institutional analysis, scenario analysis, justice studies, and climate change). Previous participants have published on topics like water use, biodiversity scenarios, climate change adaptation, local environmental policies (see, e.g. Ecology & Society Special Issue, Environmental Research Letters Focus Issue ). It is open to all researchers with experience and/or interest in the archetypes approach (established members of the network as well as researchers wishing to join the workshop series for the first time). We are happy to welcome participants from all continents.

Costs of the workshop: Participation in the workshop is free of charge. If you intend to participate in person, you are required to cover travel and accommodation costs. We are currently trying to raise funds to support travel of PhD students and non-Europeans.

Scientific Program Committee

  • Klaus Eisenack, Faculty of Life Sciences, Resource Economics Group, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Rimjhim Aggarwal, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University
  • Regina Neudert, Faculty of Law and Economics, University Greifswald, Germany
  • Norman Kearney, Centre for Development and Environment, University Bern, Switzerland
  • Luigi Piemontese, School of Agriculture (DAGRI), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Hanna Ekström, Department of Political Science & Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University

Local Organizing Committee

  • Nils Droste, Department of Political Science, Lund University
  • Hanna Ekström, Department of Political Science & Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University
  • Nikolaos Alexandridis, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University
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