UM Localization  LOCALIZATION         Syllabus for course or reading group

Below are materials for a course or community reading group on localization. The syllabus uses the text listed below. Additional readings are available from two recent bibliographies and an older syllabus on decentralism. The course has been offered seven times between 2008 and 2014 at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. The readings and assignments continue to evolve with assistance from course members. We are very interested in learning what modifications you make and what new readings you find. If you are willing, please share your insights at: localizationpapers [at] umich [dot] edu


Localization syllabus and reading group guide  (updated 28 June 2013)

Localization bibliography  (updated 1 July 2013)

Flyer for announcing a course or reading group  (updated 26 June 2013)

Meadows, D. (1994) Envisioning a sustainable world

Envisioning near term scenarios  (updated 15 June 2013)

   TEXT *

  The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift (2012) The MIT Press.  

De Young, R. & T. Princen (2012)  The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Download Introduction at ResearchGate

MIT Press    Press Release    Review-1    Review-2    Review-3

Radio Ecoshock  interview   (

  The Localization Reader   Amazon   MIT Press   Crazy Wisdom
Barnes&Noble  Powell's   BetterWorld  IndieBound   Nicola's

   DECENTRALISM COURSE (an older localization course offered at the University of Michigan)

Decentralism syllabus   []

Decentralism bibliography   []

Principles and techniques of decentralism   []

Functional requisites of localized settlements   []

* All royalties go to two organizations that exemplify localization. Growing Hope is dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through farm gardening ( and People’s Food Co-op feeds a community with wholesome food and good work (

Document version: April 17, 2014 15:57