The Infrastructures, Sustainability and Commons Lab (ISC Lab) is a Research Lab of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. ISC is affiliated with the VU Institute of Societal Resilience.
Starting point for ISC is our ethnographically-informed understanding that environmental and human sustainability passes through radical rethinking of established socio-cultural logics about nature, society, economy, politics and the position of human beings in the world.
Our overarching goal is to understand critically and provide research that will facilitate for grassroots and other interventions that challenge the insecurities and risks we are facing as humanity in a hyper-mobile and over-heated world, where the future of earth and humanity is at stake.
We seek to comprehend the most urgent problems of the anthropocene and search for solutions based on the merge of the multifarious collective human intelligence, our common resources, human diversity and social solidarity in order to contribute towards the shaping of the future infrastructures for new socio-material arrangements that will be resilient to such insecurities and risks.
The Lab is directed by Prof. Dimitris Dalakoglou and Prof. Marjo de Theije, and the members of the Lab are Dr Freek Colombijn, Dr Giulia Sinatti, Dr Luisa Schneider, Dr Jesse Jonkman and Dr Leonidas Oikonomakis.