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Asara Viviana, Dr.

Dr. Viviana Asara, PhD
Dr. Viviana Asara, PhD

Assistant Professor

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development
Welthandelsplatz 1/D4
1020 Vienna, Austria

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Viviana Asara is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development. Her research focuses on environmental politics and sociology, social movements and movement-parties, degrowth, political ecology, and democracy. In July 2015 she obtained her PhD summa cum laude in Environmental Science from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, with a thesis entitled “Democracy without growth: The political ecology of the Indignados movement”. She has a master's degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science from the University of Bologna (“Laurea Specialistica”).

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You can find the full publication list here...

Book (monograph)

2020 Asara, Viviana. 2020. Democrazia senza crescita. L'ecologia politica del movimento degli Indignados. Roma: Aracne Editrice. Read more

Journal article

2020 Varvarousis, Angelos, Asara, Viviana, Akbulut, Bengi. 2020. Commons: a social outcome of the movement of the squares. Social Movement Studies. Read more
2020 Centemeri, Laura, Asara, Viviana. 2020. Per un approccio di politica ontologica alla prefigurazione ecologica. Culture della sostenibilità (International Journal of Political Ecology and Environmental Culture). 25 Read more
2020 Asara, Viviana. 2020. The Limits of Liberal Democracy: Prospects for Democratizing Democracy. Democratic Theory. 7 (1), 73-85. Read more
2020 Asara, Viviana. 2020. Untangling the radical imaginaries of the Indignados¿ movement: commons, autonomy and ecologism. Environmental Politics. Read more
2019 Asara, Viviana, Centemeri, Laura, Corrado, Alessandra, Dal Gobbo, Alice, Ghelfi, Andrea, Pellizzoni, Luigi, Torre, Salvo. 2019. Commentary to Gennaro Avallone¿s Interview to Jason W. Moore. Sociologia Urbana e Rurale. 120 22-46. Read more
2019 Asara, Viviana, Centemeri, Laura. 2019. Sulla desiderabilità del lavoro neghentropico. L¿importanza dei processi di costruzione di senso nella comprensione delle dinamiche del capitalismo e della sua critica. Etica & Politica (Ethics & Politics). XXI 139-146. Read more
2019 Asara, Viviana. 2019. The Redefinition and Co-Production of Public Services by Urban Movements. The Can Batlló Social Innovation in Barcelona. PArtecipazione e COnflitto (PACO). 12 (2), 539-565. Read more
2016 Asara, Viviana. 2016. The Indignados as a socio-environmental movement. Framing the crisis and democracy. Environmental Policy and Governance 26 (6), 527-542. Read more
2015 Asara, Viviana, Otero, Iago , Demaria, Federico , Corbera, Esteve. 2015. Socially sustainable degrowth as a social-ecological transformation: repoliticizing sustainability. Sustainability Science 10 (3): S. 375-384. Read more
2013 Asara, Viviana, Profumi, Emanuele, Kallis, Giorgos. 2013. Degrowth, Democracy and Autonomy. Environmental Values 22 (2): S. 217-239. Read more

Chapter in edited volume

2020 Varvarousis, Angelos, Asara, Viviana, Akbulut, Bengi. 2020. The Making of a New Commons in Southern Europe: Afterlives of the Movements of the Squares. In: Sustainable Community Movement Organizations: Solidarity Economies and Rhizomatic Practices, Hrsg. Francesca Forno and Richard R. Weiner, 57-71. Abingdon: Routledge. Read more
2019 Asara, Viviana. 2019. Die Grenzen der liberalen Demokratie: Aussichten auf eine Demokratisierung der Demokratie. In: Was stimmt nicht mit der Demokratie? Eine Debatte mit Klaus Dörre, Nancy Fraser, Stephan Lessenich und Hartmut Rosa, Hrsg. Hanna Ketterer und Karina Becker, 139-151. Berlin: Suhrkamp. Read more
2018 Spash, Clive L., Asara, Viviana. 2018. Ecological Economics: From nature to society. In: An Introduction to Pluralist Economics: Rethinking Economics, Hrsg. Liliann Fischer, Joe Hasell, J. Christopher Proctor, David Uwakwe, Zach Ward Perkins, Catriona Watson, 120-132. London: Routledge. Read more
2017 Asara, Viviana. 2017. Social movements and resistance. In: The Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society, Hrsg. Clive Spash, 173-182. Abingdon: Routledge. Read more
2014 Asara, Viviana, Muraca, Barbara. 2014. Indignados (Occupy). In: Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era, Hrsg. Giacomo D'Alisa, Federico Demaria and Giorgos Kallis, S. 169-172. New York and London: Routledge. Read more

Research report, expert opinion

2017 Exner, Andreas, Cepoiu, Livia, Weinzierl, Carla, Asara, Viviana. 2017. Performing Smartness Differently. Strategic Enactments of a Global Imaginary in Three European Cities . Vienna:Vienna University of Economics and Business. Read more

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Fields of research

Detailled information available at FIDES-Database

  • social movements

  • democracy and governance

  • degrowth

  • political ecology

  • political thought and philosophy

  • social-ecological transformation

  • ecological economics