The Infrastructures, Sustainability, and Commons Lab (ISC Lab) is the Research Lab of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam. ISC is affiliated with the VU Institute of Societal Resilience.
The starting point for ISC is our ethnographically-informed understanding that environmental and human sustainability passes through a radical rethinking or established socio-cultural logic about nature, society, economy, politics and the position of human beings in the world.
Our overarching goal is to understand critical 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 shaping the future infrastructures for new socio-material arrangements that will be resistant to such insecurities and risks.
The Lab is directed by Prof. dr. dr. Dimitris Dalakoglou, VU’s Chair of Social Anthropology and Dr. Marjo de Theije, Anthropology’s Research Director, and it features the research of VU’s anthropologists along with other ethnographic-based researchers or VU within Anthropology department and beyond.
ISC has an advisory committee that includes Prof. dr. Dr. Issy Drori (VU, Organizational Sciences), Prof. dr. dr. Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University, Anthropology) and Prof. dr. Marianne Maeckelbergh (Leiden University, Anthropology).