UM Localization  LOCALIZATION         Syllabus for course or reading group

Below are materials for a course on localization. Additional readings are listed in two recent bibliographies and an older syllabus on decentralism. The course has been offered nine times between 2008 and 2015 at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and is constantly being revised. We are interested in learning the changes you make. If you are willing, please share your insights at: localizationpapers [at] umich [dot] edu


Localization syllabus and reading group guide   (updated 22 December 2016)

Localization bibliography  (updated 22 December 2016)

Flyer for announcing course  (updated 7 November 2014)

Meadows, D. (1994) Envisioning a sustainable world

Envisioning the near term  (updated 21 December 2015)

   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: MIT Press

Download Introduction from ResearchGate

MIT Press    Review-1    Review-2    Review-3

Radio Ecoshock  interview

      Amazon   MIT Press

   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 (

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