Meet the LOC – Beate Littig

In our series “Meet the LOC” we would like to introduce you to the members of our Local Organizing Committee. The previous entries in this series can be found here.  

Beate LittigWhat is your main sociological field of study and what sparked your interest in it? 
I am especially interested in the relationships between nature and society(ies) and the non-sustainability of these. Climate Change, peak oil, the loss of bio-diversity are some of the relevant key words here. The depletion of natural resources and the ongoing  damages of ecological systems have manifold social impacts, which are closely related to social inequality on the national and global scale. Thus environmental justice, post-growth societies, a good life for all, or more general, socio-ecological transformation towards sustainable development are to me the most important  challenges of our time.

What characterizes your scientific work?

My research is quite often not only interdisciplinary but also transdisciplinary, which means that we include relevant stakeholders from various societal fields into our research projects.

What is the main professional activity you are engaged in?

My work includes teaching as well as doing basic and more applied research projects. I try to disseminate research results not only via publications in scientific journals or books but also via the new and the old media.

What are your next projects or publications?

Together with colleagues I am editing a book on sustainable work, which will be published with the German publisher Campus in fall this year. Another edited volume with Routledge deals with praxeological policy analysis, i.e. using recent practice theories to analyse political practices in administrations, civil movements or governmental institutions.


Beate Littig is head of the research group on socio-ecological transformation at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. She studied sociology, history, philosophy and psychology at the Universities of Göttingen, Hamburg and at the Free University Berlin. Her research and teaching include qualitative methods, theory of practice, gender studies, environmental sociology and socio-ecological transformation.

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