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Call for applications for summer school on Archetype Analysis

Related GLP Member: Klaus Eisenack, Zuzana Harmackova, Christoph Oberlack, Diana Sietz, Tomas Vaclavik, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas


Klaus Eisenack (Resource Economics Group, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Markus Hanisch (Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Zuzana Harmáčková (Stockholm Resilience Center), Ulan Kasymov (Resource Economics Group, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Christoph Oberlack (Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern), Matteo Roggero (Resource Economics Group, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Diana Sietz (Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research and Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Tomáš Václavík (Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Palacký University Olomouc), Sergio Villamayor-Tomas (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona).

Description of the course

Interdisciplinary sustainability research, e.g., on land-use or adaptation to climate change, is increasingly confronted with the difficulties of embracing complexity while building and testing theories that synthesize such complexity into actionable theories. Comparative case studies are frequently employed for this task. However, rigorous comparative approaches are yet frequently hampered by (i) a high heterogeneity of cases that limit generalization, and (ii) multiple epistemic perspectives (e.g. from institutional economics, geography or modelling) that are not easily integrated. In recent years, archetype analysis has been evolving as an approach to deal with this twofold challenge.

The summer school provides a cutting-edge introduction to archetype analysis by internationally leading experts. The approach will be trained by hands-on applications, accompanied by an introduction to and training of suitable analytical methods (Qualitative Comparative Analysis or Cluster Analysis), and further developed.

Deadline for applications is June 29, 2018.