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01. Appfel Marglin, Frédérique (Francia)

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, PhD. is Professor Emerita, Dpt. of Anthropology at Smith College and founded Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon in 2009 which she directs. She has spent years in India and Peru working with indigenous peoples and with farmers. She was a research associate at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University, for several years in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Along with the Harvard economist Stephen A. Marglin, she has directed several research projects questioning the dominance of the modern paradigm of knowledge. She has authored as well as edited fourteen books and published over 60 articles. In 1993 she decided for political and ethical reasons that she could no longer engage in classical anthropological fieldwork and ever since then has been invited to collaborate with activist/intellectual groups in Peru and Bolivia. A recent book is co-edited with Stefano Varese and Róger Rumrrill (in Spanish) Selva Vida: De la destrucción de la Amazonía al paradigma de la regeneración, Casa de las Américas, Cuba; UNAM, México and IWGIA, Denmark, 2013. The most recent book about her work in her center in the Peruvian Upper Amazon is written with Robert Tindall and David Shearer: Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth; North Atlantic Books, 2017.


02. Aridjis, Homero (México)

Homero Aridjis was born in Contepec, Michoacan in 1940. Many of his 49 books of poetry and prose have been translated into fifteen languages and recognized with important literary awards in Mexico, Italy, France, the United States, and Serbia. Formerly Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands and UNESCO, during six years he was international president of PEN International and is now president emeritus.

He has been a visiting professor at Indiana, New York, and Columbia universities and the University of California (Irvine). The recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, he has written about politics, literature and the environment in the principal Mexican newspapers, The New York Times and The World Post/Huffington Post. Recent books include Carne de Dios, Noticias de la Tierra, (with Betty Ferber), a collection of his writings and environmental work, Tiempo de ángeles/A Time of Angels, El testamento del Dragón and La poesía llama. News of the Earth, Maria the Monarch, Eyes to See Otherwise, Solar Poems and 1492 The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile are among books in English.

In March 1985 Aridjis founded the Group of 100, an association of artists, intellectuals and scientists devoted to environmental protection and defense of biodiversity. Under his leadership the Group of 100 achieved official protection for the forests where the migratory monarch butterfly overwinters and a permanent ban on the capture and commercialization of all seven species of sea turtles in Mexico. The Group thwarted the building of dams on the Usumacinta River that would have flooded 500 square kilometers of the Lacandon forest and submerged important Mayan ruins. During five years Aridjis spearheaded the defense of San Ignacio Lagoon, the gray whale nursery in Baja California, ultimately preventing construction at the lagoon of the world’s largest solar salt works. Thanks to Aridjis and the Group of 100, the government agreed to publish daily reports of air quality in Mexico City, leaded gasoline was phased out and lead content in pottery drastically reduced, construction of an airport extension which would have obliterated a bird and wildlife sanctuary in Lake Texcoco was halted, thousands of tons of powdered milk contaminated by fallout from Chernobyl were returned to Ireland before they could be distributed in Mexico and a program limiting the circulation of cars in Mexico City one day each week was put into practice by the city government.

As pioneers of Mexican civil society, Aridjis and the Group of 100 played a crucial role in raising environmental awareness and promoting public participation for solving environmental problems, as well as defending freedom of expression about environmental matters. Aridjis was the first recipient in Mexico of the United Nations Environment Program’s Global 500 Award. Latin Trade named him Environmentalist of the Year. The Orion Society honored him with its John Hay Award. The Natural Resources Defense Council awarded him its Force for Nature prize. Mikhail Gorbachev and Global Green honored him and his wife Betty Ferber with the Millenium Prize for International Environmental Leadership.

For more info, see his portal of author on the Virtual Library Miguel de Cervantes: http://www.cervantesvirtual.com


03. Azamar, Aleida (México)

Full-time Research Professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico.

PhD in International Economics and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid. Master's in Latin American Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Specialty in Culture, Society and Development from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Certification in Desertification and Sustainable Agriculture in Degraded Agroecosystems from the Autonomous Metropolitan University and the University of Havana, Cuba. Bachelor’s in Economics from the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico.

Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI). Member of the Mexican Association of Rural Studies. Vice President of the Mesoamerican and Caribbean Society of Ecological Economics.

Azamar has published more than 30 articles in various academic journals. He has participated in more than 150 national and international conferences.

Research lines: Sustainability, extractivism, mining, Latin America, project evaluation.


04. Barkin, David (México)

David Barkin, doctor in economics from Yale University (1966), was a recipient of the National Prize in Political Economy in 1979. He is Distinguished Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. (Mexico City).He was elected to the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 1992 and is an emeritus member of the National Research Council. He has published numerous books on problems related to Mexican economic development, food systems analysis and sustainable development. Among his books are: Distorted Development: Mexico in the world economy and Urban Water Management in Mexico. Another of his books, Wealth, Poverty and Sustainable Development, is available for downloading free in Spanish an English. His most recent book, De la Protesta a la Propuesta, will be published in Mexico and Buenos Aires in 2018. He was a Georg Forster Fellow at the Agrarian Economics Faculty at Humboldt University. Much of his work is conducted in collaboration with local communities and regional citizens\' groups. He is working on a book on "Food Self-Sufficiency as a strategy for reducing poverty".

During recent years he has directed doctoral students in work with groups of communities in many parts of Mexico to examine projects designed to promote sustainable regional resource management. These projects are designed to promote local capacities for self-government and ecosystem management, as well as consolidating their ability to increase local production of basic necessities good for self-sufficiency while diversifying the productive base to generate new sources of income and employment. Among the areas in which these projects have functioned are: ecotourism, productive development of natural protected areas, forest rehabilitation, conservation and development, and waste water treatment plants for peri-urban communities. In each of these instances, the work is designed to generate new productive opportunities for communities.


05. Beck, Humberto (Estado Unidos)

Humberto Beck is a historian, essayist and editor. He studied international relations at the College of Mexico and has a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. He has worked as an online editor of the literary magazine Letras Libres (Free Letters) and was the founder and editorial co-editor of Horizontal. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Kilachand Honors College of Boston University.


06. Brand, Ulrich (Alemania)

Born in Konstanz-Insel Mainau, Germany, he has a PhD from Goethe University in Frankfurt in Political Science. Since 2007, he is a professor and researcher at Vienna University in the Department of International Politics. He collaborates with several academic journals, such as: Millenium: Journal of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of Ecological Economics, to name a few. His most recent publications include "The imperial way of life: on exploitation of man and nature in global capitalism"(with Markus Wissen as a co-author, 2017) and "Degrowth and post-extractivism: two sides of the same coin?" (2015). His research interests have focused on globalisation and its crisis, Green Economy, socio-ecological politics, and governance in Latin America.

A complete list of his publications can be found through this link: http://www.univie.ac.at


07. Brown, Peter G. (Canadá)

Peter G. Brown is a Professor at McGill University where he is appointed in the School of Environment, and the Departments of Geography and Natural Resource Sciences. He holds a BA from Haverford College; an MA from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in the philosophy of religion; and a PhD from Columbia University in philosophy. His career has concentrated on the practical uses of philosophy to think critically about the goals of society. Since the 1980s this work has centered on the deterioration of Earth’s life support capacity and the thought systems that facilitate and legitimate this decline.

He is the author of Restoring the Public Trust: A Fresh Vision for Progressive Government in America, and The Commonwealth of Life: Economics for a Flourishing Earth. He is a co-author of a book on macro-economics and global governance entitled Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy; and co-edited/authored Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals. His Ethics for Economics in the Anthropocene is in the Teilhard Series. He has co-editor/authored Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene: An Emerging Paradigm. He has edited numerous books, written many articles and chapters; and is a frequent speaker. Before coming to McGill he taught at St. John’s College, the University of Maryland (where he founded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, the School of Public Policy, and the School’s Environmental Program), and Princeton University.

He is the Principal Investigator of Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the human/Earth relationship, a partnership between McGill, the University of Vermont, and York University. Now in its fourth year 40 graduate students are being educated in the foundations of ecological economics; offered critical perspectives on the foundations of neo-classical economics, finance, law, governance and ethics; and first hand experiences in responding to crises in water, energy, climate justice, and food security as they affect life’s commonwealth.

He is involved in tree farming and conservation efforts in Maryland, Maine, and Quebec in all three locations his land is under permanent conservation easements ("servitudes"); totaling nearly 1000 acres. He is a Certified Quebec Forest Producer; was named "Tree Farmer of the Year" in Garrett County, Maryland; has served as the "Steward" of Walker Pond in Hancock County, Maine; and helped to found major conservation initiatives in Maryland and Quebec. In 2012 he established a brook trout sanctuary on a threatened stretch of the upper Savage River in the mountains in Maryland, in cooperation with Trout Unlimited and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. His property in Quebec contains healthy examples of species at risk such as elm, butternut, and American beech; and offers protection to four rare species of salamanders.

He is a dual Citizen of Canada and the United States; a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Club of Rome, and a Facilitator for the discipline of Ecological Economics for the Harmony with Nature Initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations.


08. Cristiano, Silvio (Italia)

Honorary research fellow at the Ca\' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, with the group of Interdisciplinary Physics, dealing with sustainability issues through systems thinking. Silvio Cristiano is a civil and environmental engineer, with expertise in non-profit systems, socio-environmental assessment, mobility, North-South dialogue and cooperation, low-tech architecture, ecological and community planning, participatory processes, and peace studies. He completed a PhD programme in Architecture, City, and Design with the Università Iuav di Venezia. He has been part of independent research and/or cooperation projects in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and has a diversified national and international teaching experience at various levels. In spite of a technical background, his works acknowledge the political dimension of ecology and sustainability discourses, and open up to social sciences. He is currently editing a volume on subaltern environmentalism. Among his academic affiliations, the Emergy Society – International Society for the Advancement of Emergy Research, and the European Society for Ecological Economics.


09. Demaria, Federico (Italia)

Federico Demaria is an ecological economist at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is the co-editor of Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era (Routledge, 2015), a book translated into ten languages, and of the forthcoming Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary. He is a founding member of Research & Degrowth, an academic association dedicated to research, awareness raising, and events organization around the topic of degrowth. Currently, he coordinates the research project EnvJustice, funded by the European Research Council, that aims to study and contribute to the global environmental justive movement. He is also an organic olive hobby farmer.


10. Esteva, Gustavo (México)

Gustavo Esteva is a grassroots activist and deprofessionalized public intellectual. He works independently and within local, regional, national and international organizations and movements, some of which he contributed to create, like Centro de Encuentros y Diálogos Interculturales and Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca. He is a columnist in La Jornada and publish occasionally in The Guardian.

He is author, co-author or editor of more than 40 books and scores of articles. He got some academic honors, like an Honoris Causa, the National Award of Political Economy and the National Award of Journalism. He was the president of several professional organizations and the Interim Chairman of the Board of United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. His contributions to the critique of development, the economic society, capitalism and democracy, as weel as the exploration of alternatoves are widely recognized.


11. Jain, Manish (India)

Manish Jain is deeply committed to creating new models of unlearning for the 21st century in order to regenerate our diverse knowledge systems, free our cultural imaginations and expand our consciousness. He has served for the past 19 years as Co-Founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development based in Udaipur, India and has worked intensively with children, youth and grassroots communities. He is co-founder of the Swaraj University which is India’s first self-designed learning university dedicated to regeneration of local culture, local economy and local ecology. He is also a co-founder of the Learning Societies Network and has pioneered the Learning Societies Unconference in India. Manish is a co-creator of the Udaipur as a Learning City process which is dedicated to regenerating the grassroots learning ecosystem through community expressions, gift culture and dialogue, sustainability and gift culture. He is Chief Editor of the magazine, Swapathgami (Making Our Own Paths of Living and Learning) for the Walkouts-Walkons Network and of the Families Learning Together Magazine for homeschoolers, unschoolers and creative families. He has edited several books on Vimukt Shiksha (liberating learning) on themes such as learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for deep dialogue.

Manish also served as faculty and advisor for sustainability and social entrepreneurship to Phoenix International Business School in Udaipur. He has served as guest faculty for Schumacher College (UK), National School of Drama Theatre in Education (India) and for the Peace Boat (Japan). Manish also served as a long-time board member with the Berkana Institute (USA) and was a co-founder of the Berkana Exchange for trans-local community leadership centers. He is a facilitator and designer with the Art of Hosting network and has 12+ years of experience with World Cafe, Open Space Technology and Circle methodologies. He is Trustee with the Slow Food India network. He is an advisory member of the Economics of Happiness network for localization. He recently helped to initiate the Ecoversities Global Alliance and the Giftival Friends Network. He serves as special advisor for Roller Strategies using the social lab methodology and has worked on the facilitation team for Grove 3547 in Chicago.

Prior to this, Manish worked as one of the principal developers of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers global initiative and as an consultant in the areas of educational planning, policy analysis, research, program design and media/technology with: UNICEF, USAID, UNDP, World Bank, Academy for Educational Development, and Education Development Center in Africa, South Asia and the former Soviet Union. Manish also worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley focusing on the telecom and information technology sectors. He has been trying to unlearn his Master's degree in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics, International Development and Political Philosophy from Brown University.


12. Leff, Enrique (México)

Coordinator of the Sustainability group of the Union of Scientists Committed to Society.

Enrique Leff has been a pioneering environmentalist and one of the main authors on the theory and practice of environmentalism in Mexico and internationally, particularly in Latin America. He received his PhD in Development Economics in Paris, France in 1975, and works in the fields of Epistemology, Political Economy of the Environment, Political Ecology and Environmental Education. He was Coordinator of the Environmental Training Network for Latin America and the Caribbean in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) from September 1986 to May 2008, and Coordinator of the Office of the United Nations Program for the Environment in Mexico during the period January 2007-May 2008.

Leff is a National Researcher Level III of the National System of Researchers. He is Principal Investigator of the Institute of Social Investigations of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a professor of the graduate division of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the same UNAM, in Political Ecology and Environmental Policies. He is also a professor of the doctorate in Environment and Territory at the Ibero-American University Puebla and of the postgraduate program "Agroecology: A sustainable approach to Ecological Agriculture" of the University of Cordoba and the International University of Andalusia. He is a lecturer and invited professor in various universities from Latin America.

He has been a member of various academic and consultative bodies, including the External Evaluation Committee of the Institute of Ecology of Jalapa, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Sciences and Humanities at UNAM, the Advisory Board of the Autonomous University of Mexico City, as well as the International Advisory Council of the Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences, FLACAM in Argentina, and the Center for Knowledge and Socio-environmental Care of the River Plate Basin.

As a professor and lecturer, Enrique Leff has trained and oriented a whole generation of professionals, scholars and practitioners of environmentalism, not only in Mexico, but in all the countries of Latin America and Spain.

Enrique Leff is the author of more than 150 books and articles published in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, USA, England, Italy, Germany, Holland, Turkey, and in various countries of Latin America.


13. Marcos, Sylvia (México)

Researches and writes on Gender and Women’s Issues in ancient and contemporary Mexico. She has taught at Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary, and Drew Theological Seminary, among others. At Claremont Graduate University, School of Religion, she has been Visiting Professor from 1996 to 2008, on Gender in Mesoamerican Religions. In Mexico, Dr. Marcos is founding member and senior researcher of the Permanent Seminar on Gender and Anthropology with the IIA (Institute for Anthropological Research) at UNAM, (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico).

She is the author and editor of several books and many articles on the history of Psychiatry, Religion, and Women\'s Popular Culture in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mexico. Among her books published are: Indigenous Voices in the Sustainability Discourse, (2010), Lit Verlag, Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization Palgrave, (2005), Women in Indigenous Religions, (2010), Praeger, Gender/ Bodies/ Religions, IAHR, (2000) and Religion y Genero vol. III of the Encyclopedia Iberoamericana de Religiones, Trotta, 2004, Taken from the Lips: Gender and Eros in Mesoamerican Religions (2006) and Cruzando Fronteras: Mujeres Indigenas y Feminismos Abajo y a la Izquierda (2010), Mujeres , Indigenas , Rebeldes, Zapatistas, (2011), and Tomado de los labios: Genero y Eros en Mesoamerica Abya Yala, (2012) and co-edited Senti pensar el Genero: Perspectivas desde los pueblos originarios, Mexico, Taller del Mago, 2013.

Dr. Marcos has conducted extensive ethno-historical research on the construction of gender and sexuality in both indigenous and colonial religious culture. She is a member of the Editorial Board of RELIGION, International Editor of Gender and Society, International Editor of Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (JFSR), International Editorial Board Member of Gender, Sexuality and Feminism. For the Journal ALTER/NATIVE., she is International Editorial Advisor.

She is founding member of the International Connections Committee of the AAR (American Academy of Religion) and a member of the permanent Board of Directors of ALER (Asociacion Latioamericana para el Estudio de las Religiones). She teaches seminars at Colegio de Mexico’s PIEM (Programa Interdisciplinario de Estudios de la Mujer ) and at CEIICH (Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades) and CRIM (Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias) of UNAM.

She has held numerous visiting appointments at universities in the US, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

(For further info of publications, teaching positions, and activist commitments, please visit: www.sylviamarcos.wordpress.com)


14. Martínez Alier, Joan (España)

​Joan Martinez-Alier is a senior researcher at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). He is also professor emeritus at FLACSO, Quito. He has edited the journal Ecología Política in Barcelona since 1990. His publications in English include: Ecological economics: energy, environment and society (Oxford, 1987); Varieties of environmentalism: Essays North and South (London, 1997), with Ramachadra Guha; and The Environmentalism of the Poor: A Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation (2003). In addition, he edited with Roldan Muradian a Handbook of Ecological Economics (2015). He contributed to the book Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era (London, 2014) and co-edited the textbook Ecological Economics from the Ground Up (2013). He directed the EJOLT project (2011-15), Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade (www.ejolt.org) (www.ejatlas.org). He was president of the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2006 and 2007. In 2016 he obtained a European Research Council Advanced Grant for the project EnvJustice (A global environmental justice movement), 2016-21. He was awarded the Leontief Prize for economics in 2017.

  1. The EJAtlas: a global movement for environmental justice. A project financed by an ERC Adv. Grant to Joan Martinez-Alier, ICTA UAB, 2016-21. (www.ejatlas.org).(www.envjustice.org). The project has three parts:
    1. to expand and consolidate the Atlas of Environmental Justice using it for research on comparative political ecology. By April 2018 it contains 2400 cases of environmental conflict everywhere in the world in data sheets of 5 to 6 pages
    2. to study the Vocabulary and Cultural Expressions of the global environmental justice movement in many languages (banners and slogans, documentaries …)
    3. to research the relations between environmental justice and movements for economic post-growth or degrowth (décroissance).
  2. Main publication 2018: a topical collection in the journal Sustainabiity Science with 13 articles on “The EJAtlas: Ecological Distribution Conflicts as Forces for Sustainability” https://link.springer.com


15. Mooney, Pat (Canadá)

Pat Mooney is a Canadian activist, co-founder and Executive Director of the ETC Group, an international civil society organization based in Canada and with offices in Ethiopia, Mexico, the Philippines and the United States. Mooney has been working in civil society and international social movements for almost half a century, first on aid and development issues and then focusing on food, agriculture and trade. In 1985 he received the "Right Livelihood Award" (known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in the Swedish parliament. In 1988 he received the Pearson Peace Prize from the Government of Canada. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on biotechnology policies and biodiversity, and is widely known as an authority on issues of global governance, corporate concentration and intellectual property.

In the mid-1970s Mooney became increasingly worried about the loss of genetic resources. In 1979, he published a report on the subject called, "Seeds of the Earth,” considered the first analysis that drew international attention to the problem. In 1983, he presented the study, "The Law of the Seed: Another Development and Plant Genetic Resources,” which had an enormous impact. Together with Cary Fowler and Hope Shand, Pat Mooney started working on topics related to seeds in 1977. Together they co-founded the RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), whose name later changed to ETC Group in 2001. ETC Group is a small international NGO that addresses the impact of new technologies on vulnerable communities. Mooney’s most recent work focuses on geoengineering, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and global governance of these technologies as well as on the role of corporations in their development. ETC works closely with other social movements, regularly participates in the World Social Forum and maintains alliances with organizations such as La Via Campesina.


16. Mora Jiménez, Henry (Costa Rica)

Born in Costa Rica, he holds a PhD in Economics and Entrepreneurial Sciences from the Latin American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT). He completed his MA in Political Economics at the Catholic University of Brabant and his B.A. in Economics at the University of Costa Rica.

He served for three years as the Head of the Public Investments Division in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN). He participated in the Broad Front against NAFTA, and has collaborated with peasant organisations, environmentalists, trade unions and cooperatives.

He is an academic professor and researcher, serving as Head of the School of Economics at the National University (ESUNA), as Head of the Crisis Analysis Observatory at UNA. He is also a member of Grupo Germinal and of the regional board in PAC Heredia. He is currently a member of Congress and was the President of the Legislature for 2014-2015.

Mr. Mora has the following research interests: fiscal policy, economic policy, and trade union challenges.


17. Muraca, Bárbara (Estados Unidos)

2012-2014 Senior Researcher - Advanced-Research Group 'Landnahme, Acceleration, Activation. Dynamics and (De)stabilization of Post-Growth-Societies‘ - Department of Sociology - University of Jena, Germany

2008-2011 Lecturer in Moral Philosophy and Environmental Ethics - Department of Botany and Landscape Ecology - University of Greifswald, Germany

2004 Visiting student at CGU (Claremont Graduate University), Claremont, California.

2004-2008 Ph.D. Grant by the German Foundation Hans-Boeckler Stiftung - University of Greifswald, Germany

2001-2003 Researcher and Project Assistant at the Institute for Environmental Communication - Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

1998-2000 Instructor of Italian as a second language (VHS and University of Hamburg)

Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Greifswald, Germany (2008). MA in philosophy from the University of Turin, Italy (1998)

Professional Affiliations:

  • IAEP - International Association for Environmental Philosophy
  • ISEE - International Society of Ecological Economics
  • ISEE - International Society of Environmental Ethics
  • SPEP - Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • APA - American Philosophical Association
  • CPS - Center for Process Studies


18. Neira Cruz, Andrea (Colombia)

Feminist. Social worker. Master in Feminist and Gender Studies at the National University of Colombia. University professor and researcher with experience in the design, evaluation and execution of social projects of international cooperation and projects with the public sector. Also has experience in processes of organizational strengthening and youth participation, consolidation of national networks and grassroots organizations for the citizen empowerment of women, children, youth and communities, through popular education, participatory processes and public political advocacy.

Director of the Center for Education for the Development of Uniminuto (Bogotá) during the last three years, which consolidated as an action research center whose purpose is the development of educational and research processes that promote emancipation and social transformation among university students, communities and social organizations.

She currently works as a teacher and researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Social Studies of the Central University in Bogotá, advancing research on masculinities and Columbia’s "post-agreement” and leading the research group on knowledge and cultural identities.

In recent years, her interests have focused on contemporary debates about post-development, degrowth and culture, from the perspectives of diverse feminisms, especially black, decolonial and postcolonial feminisms, to build situated knowledge about youth cultures and identities, social movements, subjectivities, and masculinities from an intersectional perspective.

Her latest publications (in Spanish, titles translated)

"Education for Transition. Imagining an education beyond development.” In: Gutiérrez and Neira, (Eds). (2017). Convergences and Divergences. Toward Other Educations and Developments. Bogotá, Uniminuto. pp. 101-131.

"Accounts from the experience of a Research-Action Center: beyond a methodological reflection.” In: Extraprensa Magazine. Center for Latin American Studies in Culture and Communication. CELACC. University of Sao Paulo. V. 11, n. 2. (2018). Forthcoming.


Interests:

Contemporary social theory; Feminist and gender studies and masculinities from an intersectional perspective; Social movements and collective action; Problems of and alternatives to development; and qualitative research and critical education.


Training:

Master\'s Degree: Gender Studies, National University of Colombia. 2015

Undergraduate: Social Work, University College of Cundinamarca. 2005

Certificates:

  • Certificate in Youth contexts, intervention approaches and management of youth public policies. Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana- Medellín. 2009
  • Certificate in Gender and Masculinities. Tools for social and educational action. Luís Amigó University Foundation, Bogotá. 2008
  • Certificate in Development and Peace. University of Ibagué, Coruniversitaria. Ibagué 2006

Graduate courses:

Masculinities from an intercultural perspective. 2011. FLACSO, Ecuador.


19. Paulson, Susan (Estados Unidos)

Susan Paulson is Academic Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. She has spent three decades exploring relationships between the environment and ethnoracial, gender, and socio-economic systems. Her current research focuses on conditions of masculinity in Latin America, with attention to the production of subordinate men as beasts of burden in the machinery producing climate change (mining, logging, agroindustry). With a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, Paulson lived and taught for 15 years in South America and for 5 years in Europe, learning through cross-cultural dialogue and very diverse collaborative initiatives. She facilitates conversations about relationships between human cultures and other dimensions of the environment through seminars, workshops and collaborative publications.

  • Degrowth: Culture, Power and Change. Journal of Political Ecology. 24: 425-448 (2017).
  • Power and difference in conservation policy: Changing masculinities and Andean watersheds. The Brown Journal of World Affairs 23(2): 207-224 (2017).
  • Masculinities and Femininities in Latin America\'s Uneven Development. Routledge (2015).
  • Masculinidades en movimiento. Transformación territorial y sistemas de género. Buenos Aires: TESEO (2013). http://www.rimisp.org
  • Huellas de género en el mar, el parque y el páramo (Traces of Gender in Marine, Paramo and National Park Environments). Quito: AbyaYala. S. Paulson, S. Poats, M. Argüello, eds. (2009).
  • Political Ecology across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups. Rutgers University Press. S. Paulson, S. and L. Gezon, eds. (2004).


20. Rocheleau, Dianne (EEUU/México)

Dianne Rocheleau is a geographer, political ecologist, and land use ecologist engaged in field research, conversations and practices that link degrowth to ecology, autonomy, environmental justice, indigenous, feminist, and decolonial social movements. She has engaged in social and ecological research on forestry, agriculture, water, land use and biodiversity with rural people in The Dominican Republic, The United States, Kenya and Mexico as well as short term work in several other countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and in urban areas of the U.S. She earned her Ph.D. in 1984 in Geography and Systems Ecology, with a focus in Latin American Studies, at the University of Florida. She completed dissertation field research in the Sierra region of the Dominican Republic (1979-1981) and later lived and worked in Nairobi Kenya for several years, as a Senior Scientist at ICRAF, The International Council for Research in Agroforestry (Feb. 1983- June 1986) and later at the Ford Foundation Nairobi (June 1986-August 1989), on Agroforestry and Environmental Justice. She has been a Professor of Geography, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies at Clark University in Worcester MA USA since 1989. She co-edited the volume Feminist Political Ecology (1996), and Power, Process and Participation: Tools for Change (1995), and co-authored Gender, Environment and Development in Kenya (1995), and Agroforestry in Dryland Africa (1988). She has authored over 70 journal articles and book chapters and has taught classes on Political Ecology, Urban Ecology, Ecologies of Resistance and Transformation, Social Forestry, Agroforestry, Gender and Environment, Environmental Justice and Social Movements, and Community Based Research Methods with people in rural and urban settings. She is currently thinking, writing and practicing with social movements to restore just and viable ecologies of rural and urban living. She is inspired by the possibilities for convergence among degrowth, decolonial, environmental justice, indigenous and autonomous social movements.


21. Svampa, Maristella (Argentina)

Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Sociology) at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris, June 1992.

Master\'s of Advanced Studies in History and Civilization the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris, 1988 (Michel de Certeau Prize)

Master\'s of Advanced Studies in Philosophy at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Paris, 1988.

Bachelor\'s in Philosophy, National University of Córdoba, Argentina, 1984 (University Award)

Current positions

  • Principal Investigator of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (Conicet), based in the IDIHCS, National University of La Plata.
  • Professor at the National University of La Plata. Responsible for the subject, "Latin American Social Theory"
  • Director of the research program: "Energy as an integral problem: Scenarios, geopolitics and transitions: a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the Argentine case Funded by the Science and Technology Agency, Argentina." Duration: 216-2019.

Last published books (published in Spanish, titles translated)

  • 2017. From an epochal change to the end of the cycle. Progressive governments, extractivism, social movements in Latin America. Buenos Aires, Edhasa.
  • 2016. Latin American Debates. Indianism, Development, Dependence, Populism. Buenos Aires, Edhasa, and in Bolivia, editions of the Cedib. Publication in Peru forthcoming.
  • 2015. Development in dispute. Actors, conflicts and models of development in contemporary Argentina. Maristella Svampa (coordinator), Buenos Aires, publisher of the UNGS.
  • 2014. Maldesarrollo. Argentina\'s extractivism and dispossession. (in collaboration with Enrique Viale), Buenos Aires, Katz Editions.

Distinctions:

  • Konex Diploma of Merit (Sociology), 2006
  • Guggenheim Scholarship (2006)
  • Konex Diploma of Merit (Political and Sociological Essay), 2014
  • Konex Platinum Sociology Award (2016)


22. Valencia Mulkay, Miguel (México)

Chemical Engineer (Faculty of Chemistry, UNAM) Independent scholar in the philosophies and social movements of the 60s and 70s. Admirer of the ideas of Ivan Illich. Ecologist since 1986 involved in matters of transportation and air pollution in Mexico City, in the fight against the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant and in the denunciation of megaprojects. With several ecologists, he founded in 1991 the Ecologist Regional Forum of the Valley of Mexico: disseminates data, studies and analysis on the damage to society and the environment the use of cars, the construction of large transport infrastructure and water transfers, the construction of towers, large developments and other megaprojects; participates in various neighborhood movements in the Valley of Mexico Basin.

Since the Earth Summit, Rio 92, participates as a guest speaker at social or people's forums, parallel to the world summits of the environment, energy, water, climate. In 2004, with other activists, he founded the Alliance for Human Mobility (Sustainable mobility). In 2007 he organizes the First Colloquium The Bet for the Descrecimiento. In 2008, with several neighborhood activists he founded the Network in Defense of Mexico City. In 2010 he participated in the organization of the Klimaforum10, during the climate summit, COP-16 in Cancun. Speaker at the degrowth international seminar of the Klimaforum09 in Copenhagen. Participates in the international degrowth conferences of Barcelona2010, Montreal 2012 and Venice2012. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Culture Change magazine of Arcata, Ca. Member of the international networks, World Carfree Network; Climate Justice Now!, and the international degrowth network. Coordinator of ECOMUNIDADES, Autonomous Ecological Network of the Basin of Mexico, the Network in Defense of Mexico City and the environmental group Exit Oil!

Email: vammulkay@gmail.com; Blog: http://red-ecomunidades.blogspot.com/ y http://decrecimientomexico.blogspot.mx

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