dr. R.C.P.M. (Robert) Went

Robert Went studied economics. His book 'Globalization. Neoliberal Challenge, Radical Responses' (2000) was published as Notebook for Study and Research 31/32.

Robert Went was co-director from 1988 to 2000.

Esther Vivas (Sabadell, 1975) is an activist in a variety of social movements in Barcelona. She has participated in antiglobalization campaigns, campaigns against external debt, in favour of food sovereignty and critical consumption, against climate change, and in various editions of the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum. She belongs to the editorial board of the magazine Viento Sur.

She is a member of the Centre of Studies about Social Movements (CEMS) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her main research areas are the analysis of the social and environmental impacts of the dominant agro-industrial model, the alternatives to this model, as well as the study of social movements.

She is the author of En pie contra la deuda externa (“Standing up against external debt”) (El Viejo Topo, 2008), co-author, with Josep Maria Antentas, of Resistencias Globales . De Seattle a la crisis de Wall Street (“Global resistances. From Seattle to the Wall Street crisis”) (Ed. Popular, 2009), and co-author, with Xavier Montagut, of De el campo al plato. Los circuitos de producción y distribución de alimentos (“From the fields to the plate. Food production and distribution circuits”)(Icaria ed., 2009), Supermercados, no gracias. Grandes cadenas de distribución: impactos y alternativas (“Supermarkets, no thanks. Large distribution chains: impacts and alternatives”) (Icaria ed., 2007) and ¿Adónde va el comercio justo? (“Where is fair trade going?”) (Icaria ed., 2006).

She blogs at http://esthervivas.com.

Sara holds degrees from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. Sara previously taught sociology at the University of Amsterdam, University of Brunel and King’s College. She has also been a member scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, in Princeton (2012/2013), Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Cluster of Excellence in Konstanz (2011) and at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2009-2010).

She is International Book Review Editor for Critical Sociology and Corresponding Editor for Historical Materialism.


IIRE Second Ecology Seminar 2013 - Tortosa


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IIRE Working Paper nº 34: Nadia De Mond, " Origine et nature du patriarcat – Une vision féministe"

Cet article est la transcription de l’exposé donné par Nadia De Mond lors de l’École Écosocialiste de novembre-décembre 2012 à l’Institut.

L’oppression des femmes y est discutée sur la base d’une analyse marxiste et féministe. La dernière partie parle des minorités sexuelles et des développements récents concernant les identités sexuelles.

Nadia De Mond est membre de la direction de  Sinistra Critica (Italie) et membre de l’IIRF. Elle continue a jouer un rôle important dans l’animation de la Marche Mondiale des Femmes en Italie et dans les Forum Sociaux. Elle est membre de la Commission Femmes de la Quatrième Internationale.

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