Laurie Beth Clark
Professor in the Department of Art of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 where she teaches Video, Performance and Installations, as well as special topics like Collaboration and Relational Aesthetics and different academic seminars in Visual Culture Studies. Her works are mainly large-scale site-specific installations, and often involve the participation of community members. Laurie Beth courses are interdisciplinary. She is well known for making the classroom an active and collaborative learning environment where diverse cultural contexts are considered. In her role as Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Programmes, Laurie Beth Clark is responsible for the hiring strategy and support programmes such as the university’s dual career couple initiative, and leadership and professional development. One of her primary goals is to build a sense of intellectual community among faculty and staff of the university. Clark received the Schlessinger Award for Mentoring in 2001.
Marcone’s specialization is in the emergent field of the Environmental Humanities. The environmental humanities focus on the far-reaching implications of local and planetary environmental crises and conflicts for aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, hermeneutics, literary theory, ontology, and postcolonial studies. Marcone’s main inquiry is how the EH can be informed by contemporary Latin American environmental literature and art, and by the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in this region. Another line of Marcone’s research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia. Amazonian cultures, indigenous and non-indigenous, contribute in a very original way to current debates on the meaning of sustainability and resilience.
On the fields above, Marcone has published on Alexander von Humboldt; Amazonian colonial literature; ecology in the Spanish American Regional Novel, the Latin American Romance of the Jungle, Mexican literature, Chicana literature, Pablo Neruda, José Emilio Pacheco, José María Arguedas, Mario Vargas Llosa, and César Calvo; and on film and the emergence of the “environmentalism of the poor.” Research by former and current graduate students at Rutgers include: ecology and British informal imperialism in the Spanish American Regional Novel; the chronicle and the Latin American city; ecology in colonial Caribbean texts; urban ecology, environmental justice and sustainability in contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures; a history of ecology and environmentalism in Spanish American literature; Amazonia in Peruvian and Brazilian literatures; Southern Cone Poetry and the “environmental turn” since the 1970s; indigenismo and indigenous films in Peru and Bolivia; among others.
Marcone is an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Humanities, and reviewer for several journals, such as ISLE, Hispania, Mosaic, Arizona Journal of Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Latin American Research Review, PMLA, Amazonian Literary Review, and Ecology and Society.
Pablo A. Marquet
Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut
Mayor of Montevideo (2005-2010); Minister of Education and Culture (Uruguay, 2010-2015).
Awards: Palmes Académiques (Officer, 2002, France); Pan American Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Societies Award (Chile 2004); Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur (France 2006), Doctor Honoris Causa of the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris (2007); Sponsor of the 2009 PhD Promotion of the University of Strasbourg, France; Leloir Award, Argentine 2010; Konex-MERCOSUR Award in Science and Technology (Argentine 2013); Officer of the Legion d’Honneur (France 2016).
Applies an historically informed political economy approach to contemporary agro-food globalization and agrarian change. Her main focus is on the interacting forces of international agro-food trade, technological shifts and institutional arrangements at different levels (global to local), and their differentiated consequences in specific territories. Baraibar teaches and supervises graduate and post-graduate theses in Economic History, International Relations and within the Master Programmes Globalization, Environment and Social Change, Global Political Economy and A new global food order - Global/Local Encounters, Contradictions, Tensions and Conflicts, at Stockholm University. Besides research and teaching, she is the Coordinator of equality and anti-discrimination work at the department of Economic History, Stockholm University. She is also a Municipal Deputy, Deputy of the Municipal Council of Spatial Planning, Deputy of the federal council “the Northern Water Board”, and Member of the Municipal Security Council. Baraibar has previously been working with Swedish development cooperation, as Project Officer at Framtidsjorden. She mainly worked with projects of rural development, urban permaculture and agroforestry in Asia and Latin America.
Jesse Lee Kercheval (B.A. Florida State University, MFA University of Iowa) is the Zona Gale Professor of English as well as the Loren and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is the Director of the Program in Creative Writing. She is a fiction writer, memoirs and poet and the author of fourteen books including the poetry collection Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and the memoir Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry, and was a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is the editor of the anthologies and América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets and the SARA anthology Earth, Water and Sky: An Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry which was published in Uruguay in 2016 by SARAS and Editorial Yaugarú and in the U.S. by Diálogos Books.
Focus on governance of marine social-ecological systems, including transnational seafood corporations, fisheries and marine ecosystem based management, trophic cascades and seabirds. Österblom is Deputy Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, where he is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences. He has a degree in Behaviour Ecology from the Department of Zoology, Uppsala University, and a PhD in Marine Ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. He has worked at the Swedish Museum of Natural History and as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government. His post-doctoral research was conducted at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre, and at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Österblom is engaged as principal investigator in Nereus – Predicting the Future Oceans Program, and member of the IMBER Human Dimension Working Group. He participates in the Seas of Norden Network, and is co-leading the Baltic Seabird Project. He is subject editor for Ecology and Society, Marine Policy, and PLOS One and has published over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.
Patricia Balvanera is a professor at the Institute of Ecosystems and Sustainability Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIES-UNAM). Her work spans from the dynamics of biodiversity, functions and services in secondary tropical forests, to the dynamics of supply, demand and value of ecosystem services in the context of social ecological systems.
She has been participating in several global initiatives. She is the lead of a global monitoring program on ecosystem services (GEOBON-ES, Global Earth Observation –Biodiversity Observation Network- Ecosystem Services Working Group), and of a Mexican research network in social-ecological systems (Network in Social ecological systems and sustainability). She is the vice-chair of the scientific committee of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), one of Future Earth Programs, and member of the scientific committee of the Leopold Leadership Program. She asssociate editor of the journals Ecology and Society, Ecosystem Services and International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Management and Ecosystem Services. She has contributed to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapers I and II of the Guide on Values (Deliverable 3(d) of IPBES) as a Coordinating Lead Author for Chapters I and II. Her research is focused on the links between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being, encompassing issues related to biodiversity dynamics and management, ecosystem service supply, use and value, and links to different components of well-being at different special scales.
Patricia has a broad interdisciplinary approach, derived from her experience as lead and participant of several research and synthesis projects. She is now working towards the promotion of the inclusion of multiple conceptualizations of value across scales and contexts trough her role as the Head of the Technical Support Unit on Values of the IPBES.
For a long time interested on how plants modify the abiotic world, has established a team of researchers focused on groundwater-ecosystem coupling, providing insights on the reciprocal links between natural and cultivated vegetation and the hydrological cycle at multiple scales and settings. More recent research focuses on the rules dictating how humans control ecosystem processes such as biomass production, water transport or fires. Jobbágy is a Principal Researcher at Instituto de Matemática Aplicada de San Luis at Universidad Nacional de San Luis and CONICET. He is Chief Editor of Ecología Austral (main Ecology journal of South America) and a member of the National Academy of Agronomy of Argentina. In 2011 he obtained a Guggenheim fellowship and in 2013 received the Konex award for being one of the most influential researchers in Agronomy of Argentina over the last decade. Jobbágy has published 2 books and over 150 scientific papers, book chapters, and divulgation articles. He has participated in multiple governmental panels and stakeholder forums related to land use, environmental problems, global change and farming policy.
Juan's research questions are oriented towards understanding emergent patterns, from critical transitions in ecological systems to collective action in society. He studies cascading effects of regime shifts, that is, whether the occurence of a regime shift in a particular ecosystem will change the likelihood of other regime shifts in far away ecosystems. He is also interested in developing methods to identify resilience surrogates or good observables that can tell you how resilient a system is. Juan is ecologist by training and holds a PhD in Sustainability Science. Juan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Swedish Royal Academy of Science) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University). He is also visiting scholar at the Princeton Environment Institute and in the Collective Learning group at Media Lab in MIT.
Matías Piaggio is Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay, on leave). He is PhD in Applied Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) since June 2013, and has been consultant for UNDP and the World Bank. He works on studying the relationship between the economy and the environment at different scales. His fields of expertise are ecosystem services valuation, economic growth and environment, economic productive structure and environment, and experimental economics for analyzing the behavior of subjects using natural resources.