Keynote and Plenary Speakers


Ellie Cijvat

Friends of the Earth


Shora Esmailian

Journalist and activist, editor at Arbetaren (Swedish newspaper) 


Daniel Sestrajcic

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.


Stefania Barca

Coimbra University

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,
, 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

Loughborough University

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

Lund University

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

Lund University

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).


Ole Bjerg

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

Lund University

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
(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

Siemenpuu Foundation


Lynne Segal

Birkbeck University       

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

Coventry University  

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
this link.


Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

 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.


Malin McGlinn

Malmö University

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:


Mine Islar

Lund University

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


Miriam Lang

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
( 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
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