In times of major global interconnectedness and environmental change, the pressure to identify, create, and exploit new resources is certain to intensify. Given that there are unavoidable trade-offs, conflicts, and arenas for violence involved when increasingly more material and immaterial things are turned into resources, we call for explicit research on the very process – a process that we label resourcification. The concept of resourcification shifts attention from essentialist queries about the nature of resources to a focus on the social processes through which things are turned into resources. In search of a better understanding of resources in the Anthropocene and, in particular, an understanding about the way resources emerge and are used, resourcification offers a new conceptual framework that allows for a systematic search for knowledge about the diversity of contexts, conditions, modes, and temporalities of resourcification. This Resourcification Manifesto offers a theoretical and empirical framework for a radical and disruptive approach to innovation, sustainability, and management studies and policies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104297
Number of pages7
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 11

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Human Geography
  • Business Administration
  • Economic History
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Free keywords

  • Resourcification
  • Resources
  • Anthropocene


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