Through a bespoke programme of advanced training events, courses, secondments and doctoral studies, RECOMS will enhance the Scientific, Professional, Personal and Transferable Skills of the ESRs. It will increase their mobility and enhance their career prospects as researchers, policy makers, facilitators, consultants, social innovators and/or environmental educators.

The training programme is organised around a 36-month schedule of joint training events. This will include seminars, tutorials, small-group intervision sessions, two integrated action-based learning residentials (with a specific focus on community-led approaches to food sovereignty and sustainable energy), visual learning and communication exercises, symposia and two doctoral summer schools (open also to external participants).

The event-based training schedule will be complemented by an online guided programme of reflective learning, local training at hosting institutes (including compulsory training in and on-the-job training via two secondments). At least one of the secondments will be with a non-academic organisation.

Jun 18

The question of how to make food systems more sustainable is increasingly on the menu for scientists, citizens, and policymakers. This policy event and scientific – citizen dialogue aims to bridge the gap between these different groups working to make food systems more sustainable and just. It is meant to inspire open and critical discussion on topics of transformation, food as a cross-cutting topic, and citizen participation.

Jun 10

Are you concerned about food insecurity, access to land and resources for farmers and food initiatives or skewed power dynamics in our food system? Do you have ideas and examples of how to tackle such challenges in your city or region? Are you involved in or do you want to set up a food partnership, strategy or policy council? And would you like to engage more citizens and organisations to create a sense of urgency, community and shared ownership?

Jun 07


Zoom links for joining the conference has been emailed to all registered participants. If you are having any issues accessing the conference environment, or you haven't received your link, please contact: [email protected].

Feb 03

RECOMS 4th training to take place between 3-12 February in Austria will focus on creativity and will display alternative methodologies on visualisation and narrative, various participatory engagement, communication and impacts and creative preactice for transformative thinking with various creative experts and activities.

Aug 11

RECOMS third big event, the second Action Learning Project event will take place Gröningen in the Netherlands during the summer time of 2019 and will address the topics of Community Adaptation to Energy Challenges.

Jun 26

Alex Franklin will chair Public Participation and Role of Stakeholders: Sustaining Resources for the Future during the 25th ISDRS Conference, Sustaining Resources for the Future, 26-28 June 2019, Nanjing, China. Here, also RECOMS fellow Jingjing Guo will present.

Jun 16

RECOMS mentor, Elen-Maarja Trell and RECOMS fellow Stephen Leitheiser with RUG fellow Ciska Ulug explore the role of bottom-up initiatives in the transition towards sustainable food systems at Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability in Trondheim, Norway, June 16 – 19 2019. This session seeks theoretical, methodological and/or empirical contributions that critically address (1) the role and potential of (local) citizen action/collectives in stimulating a transition towards more sustainable food systems and (2) the ways that citizen initiatives and place-based food collectives c

Jun 13

Viola Hakkarainen, RECOMS fellow will talk about her preliminary research results in her presentation, Knowledge processes and community resourcefulness in High Coast/Kvarken World Heritage during the Nordic Science and Technology Studies conference, 13-14th of June, Tampere, Finland.