Iris Kunze is affiliated to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, since 2011 having coordinated the doctoral school of sustainable development and conducting transdisciplinary research on sustainability and the human nature relationship. In 2003 she received a Diploma and in 2009 a PhD in Geography and Sociology at the University of Münster, Germany. From 2001, after living several years in two intentional communities in Germany, she had a research and teaching position for communal movements and sustainable ways of living at the University of Münster. In her Diploma and Dissertation she conducted quantitative surveys as well as in-depth qualitative studies with participant observation in a number of ecovillages and intentional communities. As one of the European academic experts on intentional communities she received the Donald Durnbugh Award of the Communal Studies Association (CSA) in 2011. Since 2008 she is also a founding board member of the Institute of Integral Studies, Freiburg. Iris Kunze has taught sustainability, communal and ecovillage living at the University of Münster, the Universtiy of Applied Sciences, Münster and the University of Teacher Education St.Gallen, Switerland as well as at public conferences and in workshops.
For the list of publications on intentional communities and ecovillages by Dr. Iris Kunze please visit http://www.community-research.eu.
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