Annika Weber

She is currently doing an internship at the Ecocene Foundation as part of her master’s degree in Global Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg/FLACSO Argentina. Prior to that, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Management and Communication at the Karlshochschule International University (Germany). As part of these studies, she has already completed semesters abroad in Taiwan, Argentina and Thailand.

So far, she has gained experience in various internships in the fields of intercultural training, implementation of business strategies, organisation and implementation of sustainability camps for children in Cape Town, and as a nurse in hospitals. Above all, she is always interested in exchanges with other cultures, whether on private or business trips.

Interests: Socio-ecological transformation, social change, current issues in world politics as well as in the Southeast Asian region in particular and, intercultural training.

Adrián E. Beling

Dr. Beling is Academic Director of two pioneering postgraduate programs: the Global Studies Programme at FLACSO Argentina (Latin-American Faculty of Social Sciences) and the Higher Diploma in Integral Ecology (, jointly awarded by 42 member-universities of the University Network for the Care of the Common Home (RUC). Adrian holds a PhD in Sociology from the Humboldt University of Berlin and from the Alberto Hurtado University, in Chile, as well as an M.A. in Global Studies. Trained in Economics, Business Administration and Social Sciences in Argentina (National University of Cuyo and FLACSO), Germany (University of Freiburg), and India (Jawaharlal Nehru University), he is a lecturer and public speaker in diverse academic and non-academic contexts in different countries. In 2014 he co-founded the academic blog and journal Alternautas, devoted to making Latin-American socio-environmental thinking available to a non-Spanish speaking audience. Dr. Beling’s theoretical and empirical work explores both the conditions for a successful sustainability transition (“transition governance”) and how governance itself is transformed as a result of sustainability imperatives (“governance in transition”). He has published extensively on the Latin-American Buen vivir experiment. Adrian’s latest work focuses on the role of religion & church as a sustainability governance agent, and on the interface of politics and culture in sustainability governance theory.

Selected Publications

  • Beling, A. E., Cubillo-Guevara, A.P, Vanhulst, J., Hidalgo-Capitán, A.L. (2021). Buen vivir (good living): A “Glocal” genealogy of a Latin-American utopia. Latin American Perspectives, 48, no. 3: 17–34.
  • Beling, A.E. & Vanhulst, J. (Eds.) (2019). Desarrollo non sancto. La religión como actor emergente en el debate global sobre el desarrollo sostenible. México: Siglo XXI Editores
  • Vanhulst, J., & Beling, A. E. (2019). “Post-Eurocentric Sutainability Governance. Lessons from the Latin-American Buen vivir experiment”, in A. Kalfagiani, D. Fuchs & A Hayden (Eds). Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, London, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-138-04828-7
  • Cubillo-Guevara, A.P., Vanhulst, J., Hidalgo-Capitán, A.L. & Beling, A. E. (2018). Die lateinamerikanischen Diskurse zu Buen vivir: Entstehung, Institutionalisierung und Veränderung, Peripherie, Nr. 149, 8-28
  • Beling, Adrian E., Julien Vanhulst, Federico Demaria, Violeta Rabi, Ana Estefanía Carballo, and Jérôme Pelenc (2018). “Discursive Synergies for a ‘Great Transformation’ towards Sustainability: Pragmatic Contributions to a Necessary Dialogue between Human Development, Degrowth, and Buen Vivir.” Ecological Economics 144: 304–13.
  • Vanhulst, Julien ; Beling, Adrian (2017). Esquisse pour une généalogie glocal du Buen Vivir. Synergies Chili N°13, 15-25.
  • Vanhulst, J., & Beling, A. E. (2014). Buen vivir: Emergent discourse within or beyond sustainable development? Ecological Economics, 101, 54–63.

María Cristina Alé

Argentine, born in Mendoza and currently based in Berlin. She works internationally, regionally and nationally as a consultant, teacher, researcher and litigant.

She holds a law degree from the University of Mendoza, Argentina.  She received her Magister-Legum (LL.M) in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law from the European University-Viadrina (Germany) and she is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany).

She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the legal journal „República y Derecho“ (RYD) of the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina. 

She has specialized in Business and Human Rights, the Inter-American human rights system, Conflict Management and Transformation; the Defense and Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Social Organizations; Public interest litigation and Environmental Law.

She is a member of international research networks such as the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) and the International Network on Climate Change, Energy and Human Rights (RICEDH).

She is external researcher in projects carried out in different universities in Argentina and Latin America. She has been a presenter and co-organizer of international conferences on topics in her area of expertise, and guest lecturer in various seminars and undergraduate and graduate courses.

Current Research Areas: Agri-Food System. Energy Transition. International and regional systems for the protection of human rights. Business and human rights. Economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. Public Interest oriented litigation.

Ana María Bonet

Forscher des Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) und der Katholischen Universität Santa Fe (UCSF)
Assoziierter Forscher Global Studies Program – FLACSO.

Postdoc CONICET.
Doktor der Rechtswissenschaften (Universität Bremen, Deutschland).
Master in Rechtswissenschaften – LLM (Universität Freiburg, Deutschland).
Jurist (UNL, Argentinien), Mediator.

Direktor des Socio-Eco-Legal Research Team, UCSF, Argentinien.
Aktuelles Projekt: „Menschenrechte und Wirtschaft. Beziehungen und Spannungen
zwischen Sozial- und Umweltrechten und der transnationalen Rechts-Wirtschaftsordnung“.

Mitglied des CAI+D-Forschungsteams: Human Right to Food in Santa Fe, FCJS-UNL

Gastforscher Max-Planck-Institut für Völkerrecht (Heidelberg, Deutschland).

Vorherige: Rückverfolgbarkeit und Risikomanagement. Regulierung der Risiken von Transgenen. Recht auf Nahrung und geistiges Eigentum. Entwicklungsmodelle und
Aktuell: Ökologische Verantwortung und Integrale Ökologie. Menschenrechte und
Wirtschaft. Rechtspluralismus. Zugangsnormen und Menschenrechte. Globale Gemeingüter. Menschenrecht auf Nahrung und öffentliche Lebensmittelpolitik.

Gabriel Agustín Sanchez Mendoza

He is co-founder and member of the board of directors of the “Fundación Ecoceno”.

He is a lawyer specialized in environmental law, graduated from the National University of Cuyo, Argentina; Graduated in „International Defense of Human Rights“. Zaragoza’s University; Graduated in „International Litigation“. UNCuyo; Master in Business Administration“. Rey Juan Carlos University and master’s degree in „High Business Excellence“. European Open Business School. Specialization in International Law. Rey Juan Carlos University.

He is a member of the International Network on Climate Change, Energy and Human Rights (RICEDH).

Rachel Elfant

Rachel received her M.Sc in Human Ecology – Culture, Power, and Sustainability from Lund University in 2018. She has experience as an organizer, presenter, and facilitator for climate, degrowth and integral ecology in both academic and non-academic environments. As the previous organizer for Chicago Area Peace Action, she guided student activists to create a coalition of organizations, companies and religious groups in support of the Green New Deal in Illinois. 

As a youth worker with kids children aged 7 – 15  in an immigrant community center, Rachel focused on empowerment through movement, conflict resolution, and self-study. Rachel is a former yoga teacher at the Cook County Jail utilizing meditation, breathwork, and the philosophy of yoga as a form of social activism within the American legal system. Rachel enjoys working specifically at the nexus of politics, society and environment in order to seek justice in both the collective and individual spheres.

Rachel currently works on the Healing Earth team at Loyola University Chicago, a open-access interdisciplinary online textbook combining science, ethics, spirituality and a call to action as it relates to environmental justice. She helps ensure that well-rounded perspectives are included in Healing Earth as it pertains to specific regions, communities, and spiritual paths around the world.

She also is the teaching assistant to the ongoing project within the Ecocene Foundation: Higher Education Course in Integral Ecology alongside Adrián and Emmanuel.