Transforming Sustainability in the Time of Pandemic


  • Dan Podjed ZRC SAZU, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, Novi trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana
  • Lana Peternel Centre for Research in Social Inequalities and Sustainability (CIDNO), Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Frankopanska 22, 10000 Zagreb



sustainability, transformation, covid-19 pandemic, tragedy of the commons, environment


The central message of this journal issue is that the social science and humanities in collaboration with other fields of science should put more attention to redefining sustainability as a concept which has been used and abused from its inception and has meanwhile lost a part of significance. The covid-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to carry out the transformation, to re-think the basic concepts of sustainability and to adapt them to the new circumstances.


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Podjed, Dan, and Katarina Polajnar Horvat. 2020. The Invisible Life of Food Waste: The Case of Ljubljana Households. Traditiones 49 (1): 109–124. DOI:

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How to Cite

Podjed, D., & Peternel, L. (2020). Transforming Sustainability in the Time of Pandemic. Traditiones, 49(1), 7–12.



Transforming sustainability / Preobrazba trajnostnega razvoja