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.
Profesora Investigadora Titular de Tiempo Completo en la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Doctora en Economía Internacional y Desarrollo por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Especialidad en Cultura, Sociedad y Desarrollo por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Diplomado en Desertificación y Agricultura Sustentable en Agroecosistemas Degradados, por la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana y la Universidad de la Habana, Cuba. Licenciatura en Economía en la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México.
Profesora Investigadora Titular de Tempo Completo del Departamento de Producción Económica, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI). Miembro de la Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Rurales. Vicepresidenta de la Sociedad Mesoamericana y del Caribe de Economía Ecológica.
Cuenta con más de 30 artículos publicados en diversas revistas indexadas. Ha participado en más de 150 congresos nacionales e internacionales.
Líneas de investigación: Sustentabilidad, extractivismo, minería, América Latina, evaluación de proyectos.
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.
Humberto Beck es historiador, ensayista y editor. Estudió relaciones internacionales en El Colegio de México y un doctorado en historia intelectual en la Universidad de Princeton. Ha trabajado como editor en línea de Letras Libres y fue fundador y codirector editorial de Horizontal. Actualmente es investigador posdoctoral en el Kilachand Honors College de la Universidad de Boston.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coordinador del grupo de Sustentabilidad de la Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad.
Enrique Leff ha sido un ambientalista pionero y uno de los principales autores de la teoría y la praxis del ambientalismo en México y a nivel internacional, particularmente en América Latina. Doctorado en Economía del Desarrollo en París, Francia en 1975, trabaja en los campos de la Epistemología, la Economía Política del Medio Ambiente, la Ecología Política y la Educación Ambiental. Fue Coordinador de la Red de Formación Ambiental para América Latina y el Caribe en el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) desde septiembre 1986 hasta mayo de 2008, y Coordinador de la Oficina del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente en México durante el periodo enero 2007-mayo 2008.
Investigador Nacional Nivel III del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. Investigador Titular del Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la UNAM. Profesor de la División de Postgrado de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la misma UNAM en temas de Ecología Política y Políticas Ambientales. También es profesor del Doctorado en Medio Ambiente y Territorio de la Universidad Iberoamericana-Puebla y del Programa de Postgrado "Agroecología: Un enfoque sustentable de la Agricultura Ecológica” de las Universidades de Córdoba e Internacional de Andalucía. Es conferencista y profesor invitado en diversas universidades de América Latina.
Ha sido miembro de diversos órganos académicos y consultivos, entre ellos, del Comité de Evaluación Externa del Instituto de Ecología de Jalapa, el Centro de Investigación Interdisciplinaria en Ciencias y Humanidades de la UNAM, el Consejo Asesor de la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, así como del Consejo Asesor Internacional del Foro Latinoamericano de Ciencias Ambientales, FLACAM en Argentina, y del Centro de Saberes y Cuidados Socioambientales de la Cuenca del Plata.
Como profesor y conferencista, Enrique Leff ha formado y orientado a toda una generación de profesionales, estudiosos y practicantes del ambientalismo, no sólo en México, sino en todos los países de América Latina y de España.
Enrique Leff es autor de más de 150 libros y artículos publicados en México, España, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, EUA, Inglaterra, Italia, Alemania, Holanda, Turquía, y en diversos países de América Latina.
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)
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.
Pat Mooney es un activista canadiense, co-fundador y Director Ejecutivo del ETC Group, una organización internacional de la sociedad civil con sede en Canadá y oficinas en Etiopía, México, Filipinas y los EEUU. Mooney lleva casi medio siglo trabajando en la sociedad civil y los movimientos sociales internacionales, primero en los temas de asistencia y desarrollo y luego enfocando su tarea en alimentación, agricultura y comercio. En 1985 recibió el "Right Livelihood Award” (conocido como el Premio Nobel Alternativo) en el parlamento Sueco.1 En 1988 recibió el Pearson Peace Prize del Gobierno de Canadá.2 Es autor y co-autor de numerosas publicaciones sobre políticas de biotecnología y biodiversidad. Es ampliamente conocido como una autoridad en temas de gobernanza global, concentración corporativa y propiedad intelectual.
A mediados de los 1970s comenzó a preocuparse cada vez más por la pérdida de recursos genéticos. En 1979 publicó un reporte sobre el tema llamado "Seeds of the Earth”, un documento considerado como el primer análisis que llamó la atención internacional sobre el problema. En 1983 presentó el estudio "The Law of the Seed: Another Development and Plant Genetic Resources”, que tuvo enorme repercusión.1 Junto a Cary Fowler y Hope Shand, Pat Mooney comenzó a trabajar los temas relacionados a las semillas en 1977. Juntos co-fundaron el RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), cuyo nombre cambió posteriormente a ETC Group en 2001. ETC Group es una pequeña ONG internacional que se aborda el impacto de las nuevas tecnologías en comunidades vulnerables. El trabajo más reciente de Pat Mooney está orientado a la investigación en geoingeniería, nanotecnología, biología sintética y gobernanz global de esas tecnologías así como en el rol de las corporaciones en su desarrollo. ETC trabajo de manera cercana con otros movimientos sociales, participa regularmente del Foro Social Mundial y mantiene alianzas con organizaciones como la Vía Campesina.
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)
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.
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.
Doctorado en Ciencias Sociales (área Sociología) en l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, París, junio de 1992.
D.E.A. (Diplôme d'Etudes Aproffondies) en Historia y Civilización en l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, París, 1988 (Premio Michel de Certeau)
D.E.A. (Diplôme d'Etudes Aproffondies) en Filosofía en la Universidad de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), París, 1988.
Licenciatura en Filosofía, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, 1984 (Premio Universidad)
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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!