Socio-Eco-Legal Research

This program, developed in academic cooperation with the Catholic University of Santa Fe (UCSF), Argentina, is devoted to the study of legal issues from a (socio-)ecological approach. Law is understood as a human tool aimed at regulating coexistence in the Common Home from an ecological perspective, which seeks to articulate human and non-human dimensions (e.g. social and environmental) understood as interdependent in the planetary ecosystem. The naturalization of the dichotomy between nature and society, which divides the human as a subject of rights from the non-human – relegated to an “external” environment – still often forces us to refer separately to the social and the ecological. In the face of this dichotomy, the concept of integral ecology is proposed as a term to recover the relations of interaction between all beings -human and non-human- that inhabit the global ecosystem, as a Common Home.

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Dirección: Ana María Bonet

Higher Diploma in Integral Ecology (DSEI)

In a hyper-fragmented academic landscape, specialized and traversed by the technocratic discourse on sustainability, the DSEI offers a systemic and integral perspective-framework on contemporary socio-ecological problems in Latin America and the world, as well as the most promising points of incidence to redirect unsustainable trajectories of local and global development towards an integral ecology. It has a large and diverse faculty of international prestige. The DSEI is the only program of its kind in Spanish, which addresses the most current issues and debates on the subject worldwide and has the academic endorsement of the 42 Latin American universities members of the University Network for the Care of the Common Home (RUC) and the support of 29 allied organizations, with the coordination and academic direction of the Ecocene Foundation. In collaboration with the universities of the network and its allied organizations, the DSEI also promotes regular and fluid communication with society through virtual discussions and public lectures on current or substantive issues with socio-ecological relevance, with the participation of important personalities from the political, social, academic, and religious world at the international level. Recently, the DSEI Alumni Club has also been created, which has carried out or has in its portfolio several initiatives of institutional and territorial incidence, as well as dissemination.

Director: Adrián E. Beling

Coordinador Ejecutivo: Emmanuel Poretti

SustENABLE Transformation

SustENABLE Transformation is a long-term research program that, through various lines of research, with their respective associated projects, seeks to study and understand the structural conditions and processes that enable or hinder the fundamental reconfiguration of our unsustainable social and economic systems, as well as the contingent windows of opportunity that various agents can take advantage of to positively influence, initiate, lead, and accelerate transformations. It is a joint program between the Ecocene Foundation, the Faculty of Social and Business Sciences of the Universidad Católica del Maule (Chile) and the Global Studies Programme (GSP) at FLACSO Argentina.

Projects associated with SustENABLE Transformation cover the following thematic areas:

  1. Governance for Transition / Governance in Transition
  2. Unexplored synergies for socio-ecological transformation
  3. Cartographies: Social-ecological debates and struggles
  4. Latin American Buen Vivir
  5. Religion and socio-ecological transformation
  6. Economic Pluriversity

Dirección: Adrián E. Beling y Julien Vanhulst

Agri-Food transition

The objective of this program is to address issues related to the crisis of the hegemonic agri-food model in articulation with transition strategies towards ecologically sustainable food production, marketing, and consumption models, both socially and environmentally. It is proposed as an interdisciplinary platform for cooperation between academic and social actors that seek to promote these transition processes. 

M. Cristina Alé Ana María Bonet.