Alpine Community Economies Lab uses participatory design methods to support alpine communities in addressing cross-cutting concerns of sustainable socio-economic development outlined in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and the Alpine Convention.


Via a gender-sensitive and community-based research space in Rovereto (Trentino/Italy), a diversity of civic actors and policy makers is engaged in the collaborative investigation of (trans)local economies (e.g. forestry, agriculture, tourism, crafts, energy production) sustaining the local valley district.


In a series of design-led workshops that draw on insights from feminist economic geography, (trans)local developments are envisioned and activated that have both people and the environment at their core. Throughout the research, a multifaceted community economies toolkit will be prototyped, tested and refined to finally be released via open-access.

“Being-in-common – that is, community – can no longer be thought of or felt as a community of humans alone; it must become multi-species community that includes all of those with whom our livelihoods are interdependent and interrelated. ”

BY Katherine Gibson

The principal researcher is Bianca Elzenbaumer, who for the duration of the research is hosted at the Center for Advanced Studies at EURAC Research (Bozen-Bolzano, Italy). The Habitat Unit of the Technical University Berlin acts as a second supporting institution.


The project runs for 30 months between April 2019 and September 2021. It is funded through a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship of the European Union. The policy partners of the research are: the Municipality of Rovereto, Tavolo Trentino per l’Economia Solidale, Trentino Sviluppo, EUSALP – working group 3, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.


Partner projects are Comunità Frizzante – Fare bevande per fare comunità and La Foresta – Accademia di comunità.