Valentina Aversano-Dearborn, M.A.

WG Transdisciplinary Systems Research

Address: Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 Wien

E-Mail: valentina.aversano(at)




Valentina Aversano-Dearborn is part of the sociological and management teams of the UmiS project. This transdisciplinary project focuses on sustainable forms of living and business through analysis of six Benedictine monasteries in Germany and Austria carried out with five interdisciplinary partners (
She studied sociology at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt (Germany) and the University of Trent (Italy). Subsequently, completed a master’s degree in “European Institutions and Regional Governance” in Eichstätt as well as a master’s in “Sociology of Contemporary Societies” in Paris at the Sorbonne V. While the subject of her master’s thesis was a case study on the market success of an organic product (Bionade), in her PhD she focuses on aspects of organics in the context of resilience, food sovereignty, sufficiency, alternative forms of life- and working styles, degrowth, spirituality and sustainability etc.
Practical experiences range from working in governmental and non-governmental institutions (NGOs) to an organic farm and a public energy supplier in France. Valentina is an Alumni of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and is currently active in the youth team of the Eco-Social Forum.