Best of Oikodrom

Oikodrom put together a paper of all publications released in the last 20 years. The publication consists of articles, films and project descriptions. 


Best of Oikodrom


Mulierem Fortem

Join our Mulierem fortem discussion on January 27th, 2014, at the University Vienna. See the programme and read about the project. More


Publication: "Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung"

We proudly announce that the reports of our interns Laura Liebel and Florian Kabinger were printed in the OeAD publication "Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung". For orders please visit: StudienVerlag.

More information see Young Science at Oikodrom and Nopoor project.


Mulierem Fortem

Join our Round table on January 15th, 5pm, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, and our Discussion on January 27th, 7pm, Universität Wien, to talk about science, art and gender during the Vienna University´s 650 jubilee in 2015. Read more


Nopoor in the Austrian magazine SUEDWIND

Read the article "Armut im Fokus" (Ivanceanu/ Tagesen) about challenges and potentialities of communication between science and politics.



Our online TV presents art works, performances, public lectures and artistic videos from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Watch SPACESTV


Come to Berlin and see: Every 7th person

The Konfuzius-Institut in Berlin invites to a documentary series on China. "Jeder siebte Mensch" / "Every 7th person" (see the trailer) by Ina Ivanceanu will be screened on Thursday, November 28th 2013 at 6pm. More


nopoor in the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard"

About nopoor - A common way to a new under- standing of poverty and strategies for dissemination of scientific results. Read the article


nopoor in the Austrian newspaper "Wiener Zeitung"

Heidi Dumreicher was invited to write a guest commentary: "Proteste in Brazilien - eine Fortsetzung des Kampfs gegen Armut"


Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung - The future we want

Oikodrom was again happy to welcome eight students in the age of 16-18 to one month of science, theory, research, practice and discussion. Read more


Hot off the press:

Read the SPACES Article "Der Traum vom Raum" by Ina Ivanceanu, published in the SUEDWIND Magazine Nr. 7-8 July 2013


nopoor Conference Flash, Rio de Janeiro, June 2013

Protests in Brazil: Successes and failures in national efforts to fight poverty in Brazil



nopoor project annual meeting

10-12 June 2013

in Rio de Janeiro



SPACES: „Architecture of Common“

SPACES Caravan Ukraine; Kyiv
May 23 - May 28, 2013

Public events, discussions, workshops at Yunist factory



OUT NOW: Hammam Rehablitiation Reader

Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Agriculture as direct link between natural resources, society and economy has particular importance within the sustainability discussion. Conventional agricultural production systems all over the world have high energy demands and therefore contribute largely to the green house effect and climate change. They burden soil and water with agro-chemicals, cause decline or loss of plant and animal species and therefore reduce biodiversity, lead to degradation, desertification, erosion of soils and in many cases leave poorly structured and monotonous agricultural landscapes. Further intensification in agriculture, long distance transports between different proceeding stages and to the market call for the development of alternative strategies and new locally adapted concepts for sustainable agriculture.

Sustainable agricultural systems base on the principles of keeping resource-, material- and economic flows as regional as possible and adopt a paradigm shift from a short-term quantitative towards a long-term qualitative approach. Organic agriculture is the core of the concept and represents the sustainability interface between human activities and ecosystems. However, the concept of sustainable agriculture goes further and incorporates the system of organic agriculture into the local economy and the social potential.


As for the method of applied research in a given situation the "Systems Approach of Agricultural Analysis" (1) was developed within the SUCCESS project. This approach reveals all the interfaces of agriculture with other areas of life and sectors of economy and contributes to a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of farming and marketing practices on social communities and the environment. Furthermore potentials for the implementation of sustainable agricultural systems - organic farming, regional processing and marketing and para-agricultural activities (2, 3) (see publications) - can be identified and assessed. One of the aims of this kind of research, which is well appropriate to case study situations (4), is that new fields and strategies of activity arise, which are important to come to comprehensive measures and lead to ecological, economic and social stabilisation of agricultural and rural structures. In this concern it is important to realise that sustainability research and implementation are highly dynamic local processes corresponding to each other continuously.


1) PRÄNDL-ZIKA, 2003. Agriculture in the Systemic Approach of SUCCESS
2) DAX; LOIBL; OEDL-WIESER; Österreichische Bundesanstalt für Bergbauernfragen 1995a; LOIBL 1997
3) PRÄNDL-ZIKA, 2004. From Organic Cultivation towards Sustainable Agriculyture
4) SUCCESS Workpackage J: Optimisation of the Eco-Economic System; Task 2: Ways towards Sustainable Agriculture