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Jonas Egmose, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Head of the Ph.D program in Society, Space and Technology at Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University.

My research is motivated by the need profoundly to renew human-nature relations in responding to the ecological crisis. I am searching for ways to enable eco-social transformation through the emergence of new and old ways to understand and practice human living as part of wider living ecologies. My research aims to understand modes of thought and enable tangible practices beyond extractivism and mastery of nature.

In my research, I work across sociology, ecofeminism and action research. In particular, I am researching how experience with regenerative and agroecological practices can enable new understandings and approaches to living ecologies; how everyday-life- and experience-based social learning can enable transitions across various actors in rural and urban settings, and; how exemplary practices and participative processes can be part of stimulating democratic and societal transitions beyond root-causes to the ecological crisis.

In my daily work, I am leading the Ph.D. program in Society, Space and Technology at the Doctoral School of People and Technology. I have a profound experience with teaching, supervision and course development in the field of sustainable transition and planning, action research, methodology and philosophy of science across bachelor’s-, master’s- and doctoral levels. I am open to new doctoral students and research projects, have close collaboration with great colleagues across several interdisciplinary research projects, -groups and –networks nationally and internationally, and take part in counseling, latest as an expert on the scientific panel on the Danish Citizen Assembly on Climate Change.

Keywords: Action research; Agroecology; Care; Citizen Science; Citizen’s participation; Commons; Critical theory; Critical utopian action research; Community-based; Ecofeminsm; Everday life; Future creating workshops; Multi-actor; Process facilitation; Social learning; Sociology; Participative planning; Reciprocity; Regenerative; Urban planning.

Research groups

Orgess: Organization, Ethics & Social Sustainability.

Mospus: Mobility, Space, Place and Urban Studies.

Centre for Action Research and Democratic Societal Change.

Selected projects

Agroecology Transect (2022-26)

TRANS-Lighthouses (2023-26)

Living Ecologies (2018-)

Citizen Science for Sustainability (2007-09)

Selected publications

Jonas Egmose, Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen 2022: Action Research in the Plural Crisis of the Living. Understanding, Envisioning, Practicing, Organising Eco-Social Transformation. Educational Action Research.

Jonas Egmose, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen, Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen & Lars Hulgård 2021: The regenerative turn: on the re-emergence of reciprocity embedded in living ecologies. Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2021.1911508

Egmose, Jonas; Gleerup, Janne & Nielsen, Birger Steen 2020: Critical Utopian Action Research. Methodological inspiration for democratization? International Review of Qualitative Research.

Egmose, Jonas 2016: Organising Research Institutions through Action Research. In: Gunnarson, Ewa; Hansen, Hans Peter; Nielsen, Birger Steen: Action Research for Democracy. New Ideas and Perspectives from Scandinavia. Routledge Advances in Research Methods. Routledge.

Egmose, Jonas 2016: A Common Sense of Responsibility. Reflecting on Experiences of Commoning amongst Citizens and Scientists in London. In: Hansen, Hans Peter; Nielsen, Birger Steen; Nadarajah, Sriskandarajah: Commons, Sustainability, Democratization: Action Research and the Basic Renewal of Society. Routledge Advances in Research Methods. Routledge.

Egmose 2015: Action Research for Sustainability. Social Imagination between Citizens and Scientist. Routledge.

Eames, Malcolm; Egmose, Jonas 2011: Community Foresight for Urban Sustainability: Insights from the Citizens Science for Sustainability (SuScit) Project. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 78, Issue 5, pp. 769-784. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2010.09.002  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Environment, Energy, Nature, Resources
  • Sustainability
  • Agroecology
  • Regenerative
  • Commons
  • Physical planning, Urban studies
  • Urban Planning
  • Citizens' participation
  • Democratisation
  • Participative planning
  • Theory of science, History and sociology of science, knowledge and technology, Research policy
  • Action Research
  • Citizen Science
  • Critical theory
  • Sociology
  • Ecofeminism
  • Social science
  • Education, Learning, Training
  • Social learning
  • Everyday life
  • Future creating workshops

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