Anne Alombert

Anne Alombert is a Teacher and Researcher in philosophy at Université Paris 8. She is the author of a thesis in philosophy that focuses on the relationships between life, technics and spirit in the work of Gilbert Simondon and Jacques Derrida. Her researches focus on the works of Simondon, Derrida and Stiegler, on the relationships between knowledge and technics, on the anthropological issues raised by digital technologies and on the question of the “Entropocene”. She participated in the development of a contributory research program that aimed at experimenting with a model of contributory economy. She is co-author of the book Bifurcate, written with Bernard Stiegler and the Internation collective.

Manuel Alejandro Cardenete

Professor Cardenete is Professor of Economics at University Loyola (Spain) and University Pablo de Olavide (Spain) (on leave). He was Vice-rectorof Postgraduate Studies at University Loyola. Recently he has been Regional Minister of Education and Sport (2022) previously Deputy Minister at Vicepresidence-Regional Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration at Regional Government of Junta de Andalucia (Spain) (2019-2022) and Member of the Committee of the Regions at European Union (2019-2022). 

Professor Cardenete obtained a B.S. in Economics and Business (1994) from the University of Seville (Spain), Ph. D. in Economics (2000) from the University of Huelva (Spain), and Diploma in Executive Management (2011) from San Telmo Business School (Spain). The topic of his dissertation was “Applied General Equilibrium Models for Andalusia”. Additionally, he is the Vice President of Sociedad Hispanoamericana Input-Output as well as an Academic in Academia Andaluza de Ciencia Regional. He is also the leader of research groups Applied & Computational Macroeconomics at University Loyola and CLIMAMODEL (Multisectoral Models and Climate Change) at Regional Government of Andalusia (Spain).

Elena De Nictolis

Elena De Nictolis

Elena De Nictolis is a postdoctoral fellow at GEJP and visiting researcher at Harry Radzyner Law School ICD Herzliya. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory, Political Science, and Political History from Luiss University (Rome, Italy). During her Ph.D., she was a visiting at the Urban Law Center of Fordham University. Before joining GEJP, she was a postdoctoral fellow (2019-2021) at the Luiss Department of Political Science where she conducted research within – an international applied research laboratory on the commons and urban commons created by Luiss University and then expanded and working in close partnership with LabGov Georgetown, LabGov Costa Rica, and LabGov Hong Kong. At Luiss she was also a teaching fellow/adjunct professor (regulatory innovation; governance of innovation and sustainability; urban law and policy). Her primary research interests are in urban public policies and law, collective action in cities and urban commons, urban climate justice, and quality of democracy at the local level.

She is currently conducting comparative analyses of urban laws and policies, particularly as they are shaped and implemented as a response to global crises (health; social, technological, environmental; energy); she is also investigating how multi-actor and multi-level partnerships can support collaborative governance arrangements to respond to the same global challenges, overcoming collective action problems.

Keywords: Urban public policies and laws, collective action in cities and urban commons, urban climate justice, quality of democracy at the local level

Degree: Ph.D. in Political Theory, Political Science and Political History (Luiss University Rome)

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Matheus Grasselli

Matheus Grasselli is a Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, where he is currently serving a 5-year term as Deputy Provost since 2022. Prior to this position, he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster (2018-2022). He also served as Deputy Director (2012-2016) and Director of the Centre for Financial Industries (2017-2020) at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto. He has a PhD from King’s College London and has published research papers on information geometry, statistical physics, and numerous aspects of quantitative finance, including interest rate theory, optimal portfolio, real options, executive compensation, macroeconomics, and more recently climate finance. He is also the author of an undergraduate textbook on numerical methods.  He is a regular speaker in both academic and industrial conference around the world and has consulted for CIBC, Petrobras, EDF, and Bovespa. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Banking and Finance, Frontiers in Mathematical Finance, Journal of Dynamics and Games, and the Review of Political Economy. He is also the founding managing editor of the book series Springer Briefs on Quantitative Finance. 

Hugo Martin

Hugo Martin smiling in front of a snowy landscape.

Hugo’s research aims to integrate the impacts of human societies on the earth’s climate by linking macroeconomic models to climate models. This interaction is crucial for the understanding of global warming. Indeed, depending on economic scenarios, CO2 emissions can change dramatically, always increasing with global production. In the face of global warming, international economic policies must be carefully chosen. Their objective must be the perfect control of CO2 emissions as well as the improvement of social progress. Therefore, determining precisely what changes would be induced on the earth’s climate by CO2 emissions is definitely a cornerstone of any rigorous planning of economic policies. Numerical simulations provide a useful toolbox for testing any economic strategy and directly observing their consequences on our environment.

Timothée Nicolas

Timothée Nicolas.

Timothée works in close collaboration with Hugo Martin on macroeconomic simulations, considering macroeconomy as a dynamic system in interaction with climate, which is described by a simplified GCM model. The aim is to understand how climate change can affect the economy, first at a global level, and eventually at the regional level, and how cuts in CO2 emissions might preserve the economy.

William O’Neill

William O’Neill, S.J. is a professor emeritus of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and a visiting professor of Hekima University College in Nairobi. He received his STL from the Jesuit School of Theology and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He received the Graduate Theological Union Sarlo Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 and the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award in 2015.

His writings include The Ethics of Our Climate: Hermeneutics and Ethical Theory (Georgetown Univ. Press), Reimagining Human Rights: Religion and the Common Good (Georgetown Univ. Press); Catholic Social Teaching: A User’s Guide (Orbis); and book chapters and journal articles addressing questions of human rights, social reconciliation, restorative justice, refugee and immigration policy, race and mass incarceration, and the Church and public reason.

He has worked with refugees in Tanzania and Malawi and done research on human rights in South Africa and Rwanda. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Mission and Identity team of the Jesuit Refugee Service while serving in the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya.

“The Ethics of Enchantment: Spirituality and Ecological Ethics,” chapter in Religion and Sustainability: Interreligious Resources, Interdisciplinary Responses: Intersection of Sustainability Studies and Religion, Theology, Philosophy (Sustainable Development Goals Series) 1st ed. 2022 Edition

Maria Portugal

Maria Portugal.

Strength and Light

Maria’s work aims to create a space dedicated to young Economists who want to build on the work developed around the Economy of Francesco to build a World in Common. In this space, young economists will be able to discern how to reform the world’s economy and develop their projects and research in this field. This way, they will be able to become actors able to ensure the ecological and social reconstruction of our societies by overtaking the limits of conventional economics. It will be a place to exchange ideas for young economists, social organizations, and actors of civil society who want to fight climate change through this framework.

Daniel Presta

Daniel is a PhD student in the McMaster University School of Computational Science and Engineering, studying under the supervision of Dr. Matheus Grasselli, Professor and Deputy Provost at McMaster University. His research focuses on uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of macroeconomic and climate-economic models, and attempts to determine the economic parameters most responsible for convergence to various economic steady-states through stability analysis, statistical analysis, and machine learning techniques.

Furthermore, he has worked on extensions to the base Goodwin-Keen model, with most of his recent work centered on adding fiscal and monetary policy components to the original framework.  He aims to study a series of “green” fiscal and monetary policy measures, with the intention of investigating the effects of climate change and decarbonization on the stability of economic systems.

At Georgetown, Daniel is a member of the team dedicated to building a comprehensive climate-economic model for South Africa. He analyzes data to estimate key economic parameters, and will explore the stability and sensitivity of the model using statistical and machine learning methods.

Keywords: Macroeconomic modelling, Stock-Flow Consistent (SFC) models, dynamical systems, stability analysis, Jacobian analysis, uncertainty analysis, parameter sensitivity, machine learning

Degrees: M.Sc. in Mathematics, McMaster University; (Honours) B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University

Camille Souffron 

Student at the ENS Ulm (Paris), Camille’s research focuses on dynamic non-linear and non-equilibrium economic modeling in collaboration with Paul Valcke with the objective of integrating emergence, complexity and multisectorial in macroeconomic models, notably for the ecological transition and in dialogue with traditional economic models. Another part of his work deals more broadly with the epistemology of economics and the history of its thought under a critical and peirastic prism. Also trained in law, he is similarly interested in economic public policy, including proposals to cancel public debts on central banks’ balance sheets and the doctrine of odious debt. He teaches environmental economics at the ENS Ulm.

Keywords: complexity and non-equilibrium macroeconomics and modeling, ecological economics, law and public debt, epistemology


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Mark Swilling

Mark Swilling smiling in a natural setting.

Mark’s research over the past three decades has addressed many issues, but the core focus has been transition. During the 1980s and early 1990s, his focus was on the transitions to democracy that swept across Latin America, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and then Africa in the 1990s (including SA in 1994). During the 1990s his focus was urban transition, with special reference to the building of the Lynedoch EcoVillage from the late 1990s. From the early 2000s, his focus has been on sustainability transitions culminating in various publications including his co-authored book Just Transitions in an Unfair World (2012). Drawing on many different intellectual influences (Dutch transition theory, African philosophy, Roberto Unger’s theory of change, long-wave thinking, state theory (especially Jessop) and anticipatory thinking, Mark’s latest book (The Age of Sustainability) provides the basis for his work at GEJP. He intends to focus on energy transition and the collibratory governance of non-equilibrium economic dynamics.