We are a Think and Do Hub advancing sustainability practices across Europe and Central Eurasia

We collaborate with the civil society, startups, scientists, and artists on initiatives for human and planetary well-being

We promote dialogue, transformative research, and learning in cross-sectoral real-world labs

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The Challenge

Progress in sustainability requires cooperation across borders and sectors, involving all levels of society. Amidst the climate crisis and numerous green transformations, cooperation between Europe & Central Eurasia has great potential for growth.

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Our Approach

The SPCE Hub connects sustainability innovators across Central Eurasia and Europe. We design and implement cross-sector projects involving a wide range of actors including civil societies, green and social start-ups, and scientists. We also incorporate cultural and artistic perspectives on sustainability in our work.

Our Mission and Vision

The SPCE Hub is a Think and Do Hub for purpose-driven actors from Central Eurasia and Europe, who share an interest in growing cooperation and mutual learning on sustainability issues.

Who the SPCE Hub is

We are a group of social scientists, experts in sustainability sectors & area studies, and intercultural facilitators sharing our intimate knowledge and experience of societies and cross-cultural cooperation to create positive impact in the world.

Institutional & Funding Partners

Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland

Frequently Asked Questions

There are different concepts on how to define and achieve sustainability. Sustainability concepts should be defined by both the hard data of planetary boundaries and by international agreements, inspired by scholarly work. However, implementation priorities, pathways to achievement, and cultural resources for understanding and action will differ by country. These factors should be subject to public debate, international dialogue and exchange, and action at all levels of society.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which all UN member states have committed to implementing, offer a valuable international framework for understanding sustainability. The overarching goal of the SDGs is to improve economic, social, and environmental sustainability for all nations. As part of this, industrialised countries have also committed to significantly reducing their environmental and social footprint. Non-industrialised states also must shift towards improving people’s well-being without causing further harm to the environment.

For more information:

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Planetary Boundaries (SIPRI Institute)

We are cultural facilitators, innovators, cross-sectoral thinkers and experts in specific sustainability sectors who come from across Europe and Central Eurasia. Together, we have created a platform for co-thinking, co-doing, and co-creation.

We accept funding only from organisations such as public authorities and foundations, based in countries within the European Single Market. We also partner with business organisations that demonstrate a clear commitment towards sustainable societies and have undergone rigorous auditing schemes. These include B corporations and non-profit organisations.

The SPCE Hub is a non-profit project, focused on advancing thinking and action for sustainable societies. It is promoted by IPGT Berlin (www.ipgt.net), a purpose-driven sustainability organisation based in the German capital. IPGT is a committed member of the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND e.V.).

Building a network
that promotes sustainability

Are you a sustainability innovator based in Central Eurasia and interested in further cooperation with European counterparts?

Oyuna Baldakova

Oyuna Baldakova is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at the Free University of Berlin and a 2016-2019 fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Her interests lie in the fields of political economy for development, China’s foreign economic policy, and sustainable development in Eurasia. In her doctoral project, Oyuna investigates how China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a regional development and infrastructure building platform, is being institutionalized in Beijing and implemented in light of the economic, political, and social realities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Originally from Siberia, Oyuna completed her Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages (English, Chinese) at Buryat State University in Russia and a Master’s degree in Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. After that, she worked in the field of international development interning at UNESCO Bangkok, managing an EU-funded project for Central Asia, and running communications at the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV). During her doctoral research fieldwork, Oyuna was affiliated with Peking University in China and KIMEP University in Kazakhstan, she was also a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and the University of California at Berkeley.