Global resources and sustainability histories



Key publication

Program aim

Sustainability, inequality, and well-being challenges should not be studied in temporal or geographical isolation. Through transcontinental resource supply chains and other 'sustainability telecouplings', the ongoing histories of modernization, inequality, well-being and (un)sustainability in the global North and the global South became deeply entangled. The GREASE program (Global resources and sustainability of European modernization) builds a research network and research agenda to explore entangled sustainability histories across the global North-South divide, and connects to present-day policy and stakeholder debates on inequality, well-being and sustainability challenges.


Through a series of workshops, GREASE brings together scholars working on resource history, anthropology, science and technology studies, sustainability monitoring, and more; initiates a dialogue between European and non-European scholars; and organizes a debate between scholars and several societal stakeholders, including resource policy makers and statistical offices working on sustainability and well-being monitoring.

Project duration & funding

Project duration: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2022

The GREASE program is funded through the Netherlands Research Council NWO Internationalization humanities networking program.

Program coordination

Erik van der Vleuten (Eindhoven University of Technology), Project Leader

Frank Veraart (Eindhoven University of Technology), Project Secretary


Co-funding co-applicants: Andreas Fickers (University of Luxemburg), Aristotle Tympas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt O.), Pascal Griset/Leonard Laborie (University of Paris Sorbonne); Matthias Heymann (Aarhus University), Per Högselius (KTH Stockholm).

Other co-applicants: Dirk Jan Koch (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elena Kochetkova (), Jan-Pieter Smits (Statistics Netherlands), Maria Paula Diogo (New University of Lisbon), Urban Wråkberg (Arctic University of Norway).