Keynote and Plenary Speakers
Jordens Vänner (Friends of the Earth) Malmö
Ellie Cijvat is part of Jordens Vänner (Friends of the Earth) Malmö and of the climate justice movement in Sweden. In 2008 she co-organised the European Social Forum in Malmö.
Journalist and writer
Shora Esmailian is a journalist and writer, author of eg. "Ur askan – Om människor på flykt i en varmare värld" (2012, Natur & Kultur), the first and only book of reportage on climate refugees in Swedish. She works on a broad spectrum of socio-ecological themes, including climate change, migration, racism and gender issues.
Left Party, Sweden
Daniel Sestrajcic is a grassrots organiser, activist and former MP for the Left Party in Malmö for a sustainable, just and radical future that puts people before profit. Now he works as an educator and campaign manager at UpLeft.
NICHOLAS A. ASHFORD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Nicholas A. Ashford is Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development , Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics; and Law, Technology, and Public Policy; and. He holds both a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Law Degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received graduate education in Economics. Dr. Ashford is a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and teaches intensive courses in Sustainable Development, and European & International Environmental Law at Cambridge University, UK and at the Cyprus University of Technology. Dr. Ashford is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Ashford's research interests include sustainability, trade and environment; regulatory law and economics; industrial policy; employment; and environmental justice. Dr. Ashford is the co-author of a just-released important textbook/reader on sustainable development: Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development: Transforming the Industrial State (Routledge).
Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra
Stefania Barca is an environmental historian with research interests on the industrial era and on working-class ecology. She is the author of an award-winning book on the environmental costs of industrialization in Italy, and of a number of articles on energy and economic growth narratives (published in Ecological Economics, Environment and History), and on the environmental history and political ecology of labour (published in Environmental History, Geoforum, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Globalizations). She works as senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, where she teaches a graduate course on the ecological crisis, supervises research in political ecology, and co-directs the Ecology and Society Lab (Oficina de Ecologia e Sociedade). She has published on popular political magazines such as The Jacobin and Roar, and regularly contributes to the Entitleblog; her articles have been translated in various languages. She is currently co-editing a book collection on the political economy of Degrowth (Rowman and Littlefield).
Ruth Kinna is based at Loughborough University UK. She is a political theorist specialising in anarchist history and politics. She is the editor of the journal Anarchist Studies and co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network which brings together academics and activists interested in the broad field of anarchism and anarchist research.
Andreas Malm teaches human ecology at Lund University, Sweden. He is the author of, most
recently, The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World (Verso). He
currently works on a political history of wilderness.
Max Koch is Professor of Social Policy at Lund University. His research has dealt with
patterns of capitalist restructuring and their implications on social inequality, welfare and
employment relations and the environment. His current work addresses sustainable welfare
and Degrowth/Postgrowth societies. His books include Capitalism and Climate Change:
Theoretical Discussion, Historical Development and Policy Responses (Palgrave 2012), Non-
Standard Employment in Europe: Paradigms, Prevalence and Policy
Responses (co-edited with Martin Fritz; Palgrave 2013), Sustainability and the Political
Economy of Welfare (coedited with Oksana Mont; Routledge 2016) and Postgrowth and
Wellbeing: Challenges to Sustainable Welfare (with Milena Bȕchs; Palgrave 2017).
Copenhagen Business School
Ole Bjerg (b. 1974) is an Associate Professor in Business Philosophy at the Copenhagen
Business School. He is also the co-founder of the Danish monetary reform movement Gode
Penge. Ole is the author of several books in English and Danish including Making Money -The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism (Verso, 2014), Parallax of Growth – The Philosophy of
Ecology and Economy (Polity, 2016) and Vores penge i vores bank [Our Money in Our Bank]
(Informations Forlag, 2017).
Alf Hornborg is an anthropologist and professor of Human Ecology at Lund University,
Sweden. He is the author of The Power of the Machine (2001), Global Ecology and Unequal
Exchange (2011), and Global Magic (2016). He has also edited several collections at the
interface of anthropology, environmental history, political ecology, and ecological economics.
Ruby van der Wekken
Food cooperative Oma Maa (CSA), Helsinki timebank and Commons.fi
Ruby van der Wekken considers herself a member of the Global justice movement. Her learning as an activist has been in particular the first 10 years of the World Social Forum process, whilst since those years the learning from the Global South has continued working as a program coordinator for the environmental foundation Siemenpuu in Finland, and she currently still takes part in the foundations Just Transition program working group. In addition the last 10 years have brought more engagement on a local level, and since spring 2018 Ruby has engaged herself further on the level of alternative building, and is daily involved on the farm of Food cooperative Oma Maa (CSA) some 30 km outside of Helsinki, taking part in the foodbagg production, as well in the overall development of the coop. She is also an active member Helsinki timebankwhich was founded in 2009, and which has wanted to play a progressive voice with regards to the potential of complementary currencies for other economy building in Finland. The political envisioning which inspires her as a doer/activist of other economy building is that of 'solidarity economy building and throuh this a furthering of our commons and comming' which is a notion present in the platform hoped to be developed with Commons.fi.
Lynne Segal has been engaged in left and feminist politics since coming to London from
Sydney in the early 1970s. She is currently Anniversary Professor at Birkbeck, University of
London, in Psychosocial Studies. She has written many books on feminism, gender and
politics, including Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism;
Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men; Straight Sex: The Politics of Pleasure;
Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology & Politics; Making Trouble: Life & Politics, Out of Time: The Pleasures & Perils of Ageing. Her latest book is Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy, addressing what remains after the commodification of happiness and well-being.
Yasin Duman has joined as a PhD researcher at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social
Relations, Coventry University (United Kingdom) in 2017. His research focuses on
displacement and integration of Syrian refugees in Turkey. He examines how ethnic and
national identities influence intergroup contact and relations which mediate the process of
displacement and integration. He has recently co-authored two academic papers articles on
the role of I/NGOs in integration of Syrian refugees. He is also a psychologist and worked
with Concern Worldwide in Şanlıurfa (Turkey) to provide psychological assessment and
psycho-social support to Syrian refugees. He gained a MA degree in 2015 in Conflict Analysis
and Resolution at Sabancı University (Turkey) and wrote a thesis on emergence of de facto
Kurdish-led autonomous administration in Northern Syria and Rojava as a conflict resolution
mechanism. He conducted a field research in 2014 and 2015 in Jazirah Canton (northeast
Syria) and published his thesis as a book in 2016 (Rojava: Bir Demokratik Özerklik Deneyimi
[Rojava: An Experience of Democratic Autonomy]). His publications can be accessed from
University of Aalborg
Dr. Martin Lemberg-Pedersen is Assistant Professor at Global Refugee Studies (GRS),
Aalborg University. He holds a PhD in political philosophy from Copenhagen University.
Between 2013-2016, at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS), University of Copenhagen he analyzed EU externalization of border control to Greece and Turkey.
Lemberg-Pedersen has also worked in-depth with European policy drives to deport
unaccompanied Afghan minors through various deportation platforms and attempted
corridors. In 2012, he worked as an external project researcher for Danish Refugee Council
(DRC), and between 2009-2012, he was a PhD Fellow in Philosophy, University of
Copenhagen, at the Centre for the Study of Equality and Multiculturalism (CESEM) where he
examined processes of European border externalization to North Africa, especially Libya. In
2010, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), Oxford University, in
2015 at HUA University Athens, and in 2018 at KNUST, Ghana. Currently, he is pursuing
postdoctoral work, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, which concerns a
postcolonial analyses of forced migration policies, slavery and migration control during
Danish and European colonialism and in the present.
Dr Malin Mc Glinn is a teacher and researcher at the department of Urban studies, Malmö
University. She holds a PhD in Urban studies from Malmö University. Her newly defended
thesis was concerned with how the governing of unemployment and social exclusion is
accomplished through labour market projects that are initiated, tailored, and co-financed by
the European Social Fund. The political problem that is addressed in the thesis, is how
certain “truths” about unemployed “ethnic others” in Sweden are facilitated within and co-
produced by the projects. It thereby calls into question practices that are legitimised in the
name of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance. The analysis includes discussions about the
multivalent relationship between colonial and neoliberal rationalities of government, as well
as how compassion and pity function to legitimize certain practices of inclusion. Her thesis
can be accessed here: http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24006.
Mine Islar is an assistant professor at Lund University Center of Sustainability Studies
(LUCSUS). She is also the coordinator of the Transdisciplinary Migration Research Initiative at
the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (PIAS). She has an interdisciplinary background
from Political Science and International Relations Department of Bogazici University,
Istanbul; Lund University Center for Asian Studies, and the Centre of Excellence for
Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID). Islar has worked with
interdisciplinary teams on a wide range of issues such community management, right to the
city, social justice and recognition. Since 2014, she works on her Vetenskaprådet funded
project called “Ecological citizen and right to the city” where she analyses the impact of
contemporary movements in Europe in creating collective citizen initiatives and inclusive
Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar
Miriam Lang is an activist academic who engages in the building of multidimensional
alternatives to development, understood as a capitalist, ecologically destructive, patriarchal
and (neo)colonial paradigm. She currently works as an assistant professor for social and
global studies at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar, a public postgraduate university in
Quito, Ecuador, where she coordinates a professional master’s program in Climate Change
and Environmental Negotiation. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Freie Universität Berlin.
As a German internationalist activist, she has worked in and with struggles both in Germany
and in different countries of Latin America for more than 30 years. She actively participates
both in the Latin American Permanent Working Group on Alternatives to Development
(http://www.rosalux.org.ec/grupo/) and in the Global Working Group Beyond Development
beyond-development/), both spaces hosted by the German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation,
where academic, activist and community knowledges interact with the aim to build paths for
multidimensional, socioecological transformation. Her current research focuses on critical
perspectives around the politics and understandings of poverty, bringing together the issues
of migration, neocolonialism and Degrowth, as well as on concrete processes of building of
Buen Vivir. She has coordinated several books, including Beyond Development – Alternative
Visions from Latin America (2013)
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Inge Røpke is Professor of Ecological Economics at Aalborg University, Copenhagen. Røpke
has written about the development of modern ecological economics, trade, economic
growth, technological change, and consumption. Most recently, Røpke has taken up
ecological macroeconomics and the need for institutional change for a post-growth society.
She has published in many journals and edited books related to ecological economics,
consumption, energy, and information and communication technology. Together with
colleagues, she has provided freely available teaching materials on ecological economics