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 and participatory projects 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



• Dr. Bianca Elzenbaumer, primary investigator, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow
• Fabio Franz, transformation designer
• Carlo Bettinelli, agro-ecologist and expert in participatory processes
• Chiara Mura, social worker and expert in social innovation processes
• Flora Mammana, transformation designer and baker
• Elisabetta Monti, farmer and activist within the via campesina movement
• Sofia Set, forest pedagogy teacher
• Carmen Gonzales-Miranda, forest management and environmental pedagogy
• Irene Bettinelli, voluntary civil servant (12 months) and herb expert
• Irene Manfrini, voluntary civil servant (12 months) and environmental activist
• Marla Nichele, voluntary civil servant (12 months) and eco-social designer
• Angelica Cianflone, voluntary civil servant (12 months) and eco-social designer
• Kim Kaborda, Erasmus+ Trainee (12 months) and sociologist

The core team of is supported by:
• Dr. Thomas Streifeneder, head of the Institute for Regional Development, Eurac Research
• Anna Silbernagl, team assistant
• Stefania Lochmann, team assistant
• Dr. Karina Kössler, Research & Development Office
• Dr. Liise Lehtsalu, Open Access & Data Management
• Martin Angler, Science Communication
• Nino Rizzo, graphic design
• Veronica Martini, illustrations

For the duration of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (April 2019 to November 2021) the lab is hosted at the Institute for Regional Development at EURAC Research (Bozen-Bolzano, Italy). The Habitat Unit of the Technical University Berlin acts as a second supporting institution.


The policy partners of the lab are: the Municipality of Rovereto, Tavolo Trentino per l’Economia Solidale, Trentino Sviluppo, EUSALP – working group 3, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention. A key local partner of the lab is the cultural association Brave New Alps.


Practice-theory relays the lab team activates are: