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MemberVicki Mayer

I am a professor of communication and media with a special focus on media and cultural production: personal, industrial, as well as geographies and political economies of production. Methodologically, I tend to use a combination of ethnography, participant observation, action research, textual and archival research, GIS mapping, and design thinking to answer research questions about how and why different kinds of folks value media production in relation to social forces in their geographic and political-economic milieus.

MemberKyle Taylor Lucas

American Indian and Canada First Nations Studies Intersection of Colonial Oppression and Trauma Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Urban Indian Survival Indigenous and Post-Colonial Studies Indigenous Women and Generational Trauma Criminal Justice System Reform Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex Political Economy and Justice History of Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial U.S. Women of Color and Feminist Theory Environmental Justice Wild Salmon Recovery Water as a Human Right

MemberDaniel Joseph

Dr. Daniel Joseph is a Senior Lecturer of Digital Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he researches the political economy of games, apps, platforms, and digital labour. He has published articles in Social Media + SocietyGames and CultureThe Canadian Journal of Communication, and Triple C. He’s an organizer with Game Workers Unite and a freelance writer for magazines such as Vice GamesJacobinReal Life Mag, and Briarpatch.  

MemberMaria Jose Afanador-Llach

Maria José Afanador Llach is an assistant professor in digital humanities at the School of Arts and Humanities, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin. Maria José studies the 18th century and the transition between colony and republic in northern South America through the lens of spatial practices, geographic imagination, and political economy. She also investigates the construction of collaborative communities in digital humanities projects, the creation of digital cartographic narratives, and the construction of spatial data sets for research in history. She is editor of The Programming Historian en español.

MemberPeter Critchley

I am an intellectual range rider whose research activity embraces a diversity of materials drawn from philosophy, history, political economy, urban studies and social and political ecology. At the heart of my work is a concept of ‘rational freedom.’ This concept holds that freedom is a condition of the appropriate arrangement of the cognitive, affective, interpersonal and intrapersonal dimensions of human life, incorporating essential human attributes from instinct to reason. Defining politics in the ancient sense of creative self-realisation, I affirm a socio-relational and ethical conception of freedom in which individual liberty depends upon and is constituted by the quality of relations with other individuals. I therefore stresses the intertwining of ethics and politics within a conception of the good life. My work is concerned to establish the nature, causes, and conditions of human flourishing. I return philosophy to its key question of what it is to live well as a human being and what it takes for human beings to live well together.

MemberRobert Heinze

I am a researcher/lecturer in African History, currently at the University of Trier. I am working on a history of urban transport in Africa, using four case studies (Bamako, Kinshasa, Lusaka, Nairobi). Before embarking on this Post-Doc research, I completed a Ph.D. on the history of radio in Namibia and Zambia, with a focus on decolonisation periods, anticolonial resistance and post-colonial nation-building. I am interested in exploring infrastructures in (post-)colonial societies through a lens of historical materialism, analysing them both as material technologies and in their interactions with political economies and urban societies.

MemberIsaías Albertin de Moraes

PhD in Social Sciences – São Paulo State University (UNESP, Portuguese: Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” – 2020) with a mobility period in the Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy Sector at University of the Republic (UdelaR/Uruguay – 2019) with the support of the Academic Committee of Cooperative and Associative Processes from the Montevideo Group Association of Universities (PROCOAS-AUGM, Spanish: Comité Académico Procesos Cooperativos y Asociativos de la Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo). Master in Political Science – University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ-UCAM, Portuguese: Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro da Universidade Candido Mendes – 2014).  Specialist in International Relations – University of Brasilia (UnB, Portuguese: Universidade de Brasília – 2008). Bachelor in Economic Sciences – University of South Santa Catarina (Unisul, Portuguese: Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina – 2014). Associate Degree in International Trade (Unisul – 2010).  Bachelor in Communication and Arts – Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Mackenzie, Portuguese: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie – 2004). Qualification in Latin American Economies – The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/UN – Santiago do Chile. Spanish: Comission Económica para América Latina y el Caribe – CEPAL/ONU – 2017). Complementary education and professional training: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE); University of the Republic (UdelaR/Uruguay); University of Campinas (Unicamp), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), etc.   I worked as a temporary civil servant in the Ministry of Social Security – Brazil (2007-2008) in an international technical cooperation project financed by the World Bank for Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP, Portuguese: Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa – 2007/2008). I collaborated as a researcher at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CEAs, Portuguese: Centro de Estudos das Américas) and at the Social Movements and Media Laboratory (LMSM, Portuguese: Laboratório Movimentos Sociais e Mídia) – IUPERJ-UCAM – 2012/2015.  Since 2017, I’m working as an associate researcher at the Center for Extension and Research in Solidarity, Creative Economics and Citizenship (NEPESC, Portuguese: Núcleo de Extensão e Pesquisa em Economia Solidária, Criativa e Cidadania – Unesp). In 2019, I won the Samuels Young Scholars Program from the History of Economics Society (HES). Since 2020, I have collaborated with texts for the websites: The Brazilian Industrial Revolution and Blog on Latin American Development Studies. I have experience in Development Economics; Economic History; Political economy; Development and Global Governance; International Cooperation and Integration; State, Society and Social Participation.