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Viviana Asara

Dr. Viviana Asara
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About me:
Viviana Asara is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research focuses on environmental politics and sociology, social movements and movement-parties, degrowth, political ecology, and democracy. She has a PhD in Environmental Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2015, cum laude), and master's degrees in Political Science (University of Bologna, cum laude) and Environmental Policy (University of Cambridge).
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Book (monograph)

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

Journal article

2021 Brand, Ulrich, Muraca, Barbara, Pineault, Eric, Sahakian, Marlyne, Schaffartzik, Anke, Novy, Andreas, Streissler, Christoph, Haberl, Helmut, Asara, Viviana, Dietz, Kristina, Lang, Miriam, Kothari, Ashish, Smith Spash, Tone, Spash, Clive L., Brad, Alina, Pichler, Melanie, Plank, Christina, Velegrakis, Giorgos, Jahn, Thomas, Carter, Agela, Huano, Qingzhi, Kallis, Giorgos, Martinez Alier, Joan, Riva, Gabriel, Satgar, Vishwas, Teran Mantovani, Emiliano, Williams, Michelle, Wissen, Markus, Görg, Christoph. 2021. From planetary to societal boundaries: an argument for collectively defined self-limitation. Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy. 17 (1), 265-292. open access (Details)
2020 Varvarousis, Angelos, Asara, Viviana, Akbulut, Bengi. 2020. Commons: a social outcome of the movement of the squares. Social Movement Studies. (Details)
  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 (Details)
  Asara, Viviana. 2020. The Limits of Liberal Democracy: Prospects for Democratizing Democracy. Democratic Theory. 7 (1), 73-85. (Details)
  Asara, Viviana. 2020. Untangling the radical imaginaries of the Indignados’ movement: commons, autonomy and ecologism. Environmental Politics. open access (Details)
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. (Details)
  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. open access (Details)
  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. open access (Details)
2016 Asara, Viviana. 2016. The Indignados as a socio-environmental movement. Framing the crisis and democracy. Environmental Policy and Governance 26 (6), 527-542. open access (Details)
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. (Details)
2013 Asara, Viviana, Profumi, Emanuele, Kallis, Giorgos. 2013. Degrowth, Democracy and Autonomy. Environmental Values 22 (2): S. 217-239. (Details)

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. (Details)
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. (Details)
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. (Details)
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. open access (Details)
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. (Details)

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. (Details)


Smart City as a Living Vision. Comparing Public Governance Arrangements among three EU Smart Cities (2016-2017) (Details)