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Alberto Prunetti was born in Piombino, Italy in 1973 in a working class family. His critically acclaimed memoir Asbestos: A Working Class Story was was nominated for several awards and won two. He is also the author of several novels, Potassa (Potash), Il fioraio di Perón (Peron’s Florist), and PCSP, and his non-fiction regularly appears in Il Manifesto, Giap, Il lavoro culturale, and Il Reportage. He is an anti-asbestos campaigner and an activist for workers’ rights and social justice.

Anna Antonova is a PhD at the University of Leeds. Her doctoral research focuses on coastal and marine conservation in the EU, comparing case studies of conservation conflicts on the Bulgarian Black Sea and Yorkshire North Sea coasts. Her work combines policy analysis, political ecology, and environmental humanities approaches to examine the discursive mechanisms that underpin different communities’ attitudes toward wild coastal space. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, Massachusetts (2012) and a Master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island (2015).

Anna D’Ascienzio holds a PhD from the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa. She is working on a project entitled “The Asbestos Biographies.”

Anne Gough is currently exploring freedom of movement, agency and access to landscapes through practice-based research for her PhD thesis (working title Who is Secure? Trespassing, traversing and bordering fortified landscapesat KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Her background is in critical approaches to food security and evolving struggles for food sovereignty. Anne is also a former contemporary dancer and was part of a series of dance film shorts created and shot in Lebanon.

Arvid Van Dam looks at slow-onset disasters in European contexts by combining insights from the environmental humanities, disaster studies and design anthropology. Through ethnographic fieldwork and an analysis of disaster narratives, Arvid is studying discursive-material expressions of desertification in contested landscape designs in southern Spain, and highlights how incoherent forms of knowledge and views to a sustainable future materialise. Arvid holds degrees in cultural anthropology from Utrecht University.

Åsa Callmer is a PhD candidate at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the research program, The Seedbox: A MISTRA-FORMAS Environmental Humanities Collaboratory. Her dissertation is about consumerism and “a sense of sufficiency” in affluent societies.

Åsa Simma was born into a nomadic reindeer herding family where she was taught the traditional Sami singing called yoik and eventually helped the movement to revoke the yoiking ban. She studied acting in Denmark and is currently CEO of the Sami Theatre. She has been very active in global indigenous peoples movements, having toured among Australian Aboriginals, lived with Greenlandic Inuits and North American Indians, and worked as a film dramaturgist  and  script developer at the International Sami Film Institute.

Björn Wiman is the editor of the culture section of the Swedish journal Dagens Nyheter since 2010. Prior, he worked for the journal Expressen, first as journalist for the culture section, from 2001, and later as the editor, between 2008 and 2010. From 1998 to 2001, he run the publishing house Ink with Aase Berg and Niklas Darke.

Claire Lagier is an ENHANCE doctoral fellow based at the Rachel Carson center in Munich and an editor at Her academic work focuses on the Brazilian landless movement, agroecology and climate risk perception and merges perspectives from political ecology, sciences and technology studies, environmental history and feminist development studies.

Cliff Hammett is a PhD candidate in critical and creative media at the University of Sussex. His PhD project is called “Nightsniffing – Towards a Field Ecology of Urban Change.” This practice-led research tackles the critical need for creative geographical methods in order to consider gentrification’s relationship to non-human urban inhabitants, specifically bats.

Caroline Ektander is an architect. She is working on how waste (as category) and waste-making (as practice) are instrumental in the production and understanding of urban landscapes and how the urban landscape forges human material relations.

Dan Fagin is a U.S. science and environmental journalist and professor of journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, at New York University. He is also the director of the masters-level Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), and the founder and director of the Science Communication Workshops at NYU. His book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, has been awarded numerous honors, such as the 2014 Pulitzer for general nonfiction. He also co-authored the book Toxic Deception (2002).

Daniel Dutra Coelho Braga is PhD candidate in social history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He works on French expansion in the Atlantic and globally, looking at the scientific practices concerning South America’s tropical regions and their biodiversity.

Daniele Valisena is a PhD candidate working on the correlation between migrations, in particular New Mobility, and ecological practices au ras du sol, following the lesson of Jacques Revel and Michel De Certeau. His thesis project is an environmental history of coal miners and coal mining in Wallonia, Belgium. Daniele holds a Bachelor’s in modern history and Master’s Degree in contemporary history from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Eda Acara holds a PhD in Human Geography from Queen’s University, Ontario. Her doctoral work addresses tensions between industrial development policies, contemporary neoliberal urban planning, environmental protection, and the rising pollution levels in a peripheral region of Istanbul.

Eveline Desmalen studied English and comparative literature at Utrecht University and now researches the literary imaginations of the Rhine-Meuse delta in the Netherlands and the Humber estuary in England as part of the ENHANCE ITN. She is particularly interested in the ways in which fictional and non-fictional descriptions of places intersect, enhance and contest each other.

Giacomo Bonan recently defended his PhD thesis in history at the University of Bologna. His interests concern the management of environmental resources in the Italian Alps during the nineteenth century and, in particular, the conflicts between state authorities and local communities over the use of woods. Thanks to a “C.M. Lerici” scholarship, he is now working at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory (KTH), Stockholm.

Graham Huggan is professor of commonwealth and postcolonial literatures at the University of Leeds, and directs the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS). Among his numerous publications are Nature’s Saviours: Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age (2013), honourable mention for the 2014 ESSE Book Prize; the Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (2013); and the co-authored Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment (2010). He is also founding co-editor of the book series Postcolonialism across the Disciplines (Liverpool University Press).

Hayley G. Brazier is a PhD Candidate, University of Oregon. She works on the environmental history of oceans.

Hélène A. Le Deunff is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. Her research brings a multispecies perspective in the study of collective engagement in water management.

Helmuth Trischler‘s main research interests are knowledge societies and innovation cultures in international comparison; science, technology and European integration; transport history; and environmental history. He is the author of twenty-eight books and edited volumes, approximately one hundred articles, and the co-editor of a number of book series, including Umwelt und Geschichte (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) and The Environment in History: International Perspectives (Berghahn Books).

Hsin-lin Su is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University. Her project draws on ecocriticism to examine how arts and literary texts create affects for readers to relate to the environment in actual scenarios of ecological issues. She works on three case studies: butterflies, flying fish, and nuclear radiation—in the region of the Pacific Ocean.

Ilenia Iengo is an early career researcher at KTH Environmental humanities laboratory leading the Toxic Bios project. Her research focuses specifically on the politicization of ill bodies and narratives of contamination through storytelling, narratives of the self, corporeal writing, transcorporeality, feminist studies, and environmental justice and activism.

Irma Allen is a Marie Curie ENHANCE ITN PhD Fellow at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She is British-Polish and is doing her PhD research in Upper Silesia, Poland on living with coal, air pollution, breathing, and toxic politics.

Jacob von Heland is a researcher at the Environmental Humanities Lab (EHL), KTH-Royal Institute of Technology. From an arts-science background, his work with the EHL concerns film-research and theorising about its meaning and place in the environmental humanities and society.

Jeroen Ooemen is a PhD researcher working on a historical and sociological study of the politics and public conception of climate change and geoengineering. Trained in philosophy, sociology and political science, with a particular interest in questions of equality and fairness, environment and climate change, he holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam with a specialty in conflict studies.

Jesse Peterson works on human-nature relationships, focusing on experiences of waste, environmental degradation, and life/death. For his PhD project, he studies dead zones in the contexts of waste and wastelands, using an environmental humanities approach. His work is influenced by his MSc in environmental humanities and MFA in creative writing; his work experience in conservation, land management, teaching, and publishing; and his family, friends, and personal interests. Some of his publications can be found in GeoHumanities and, and examples of his publishing, editorial, and design work can be viewed in saltfront.

Johnathan Carruthers-Jones examines the connections between the representation and preservation of wild spaces and species in the pan-European context, specifically related to the perception of wilderness and EU environmental, wildlife, and conservation policy. His field sites are in Scotland and the French Pyrenees. Prior to joining Leeds University, Jonathan worked on the Great Mountain Corridor Initiative. He is a member of the IUCN-WCPA Mountains Biome: Mountain Protected Areas Network, the Wildland Research Institute at Leeds University, and the management committee for a European COST Action on aerial corridors. Jonathan is a qualified International Mountain Leader and mostly loves wandering ‘off-grid’ into the mountains.

Judit Gil-Farrero is a PhD candidate at the centre for the history of science (CEHIC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She works on the emergence of the concept of “natural heritage” in Catalonia and its establishment across the territory in the second half of the 20th century.

Madina Tlostanova  is  professor of postcolonial feminism at the department of thematic studies (gender studies unit) at Linköping University (Sweden). She has published nine scholarly books, over 250 articles, and two postcolonial novels,

Manape Shogole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand. Her anthropology master thesis is titled Waste of lives: Everyday Life and the Politics of Waste-Picker Integration in Urban Johannesburg.

Maria Gunther is a science journalist working for the Swedish journal Dagens Nyheter. She previously worked for Vetenskapsradion. She studied particle physics at Uppsala University and holds a Masters of Science in Engineering. She has been a researcher at the Particle Physics Laboratory CERN in Geneva as well as at the research institute IIASA in Austria. She has also worked as IT consultant and system developer at Parallel Consulting Group and Icon Medialab. In 2006, she published a book about creationism and intelligent design: Big Bang eller Varde ljus? Skapelsemyten som Pseudovetenskap.

María Isabel Ramos Pérez is a recent graduate whose PhD thesis A Quest for Environmental Sovereignty: Chicana/o Literary Experiences of Water (Mis)Management and Environmental Degradation in the US Southwest uses an ecocritical lens to examine the Chicano experience, writer activism, and environmental claims. She is part of Grupo de Investigación en Ecocrítica and a member of Modern Languages Association, European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment, and Spanish Association for American Studies.

Marco Armiero, an environmental economist by training, is one of the founders of environmental history in Europe. His main topics of study have been environmental conflicts, uses of natural resources, politicization of nature and landscape, and the environmental effects of mass migrations. He has held post-doctoral fellowships and visiting scholar positions at Yale, UC Berkeley, Stanford, the Autonomous University in Barcelona, and the centre for social sciences at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is the author of A Rugged Nation. Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy (2011).

Mats Benner holds a PhD in sociology (Lund University) and is currently professor in science policy studies at Lund University school of economics and management, and a visiting professor at King’s College, London and KTH-Royal Institute of Technology. He has previously been affiliated with the University of Essex, Linköping University, and Uppsala University. He deals primarily with issues of research policy, university governance, and state-industry relations. He is a permanent member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, a board member of Mid-Sweden University and has been a member of the Swedish Government’s Research Advisory Board (2009-2010, 2015-2016).

Nayla Naoufal holds a PhD from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. She is now working on a project entitled “Integrating Local Cultures, Arts and Critical Ecocitizenship Construction.”

Nils C. Hanwahr is a doctoral student in the environment and society program at the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich. His dissertation asks how expert knowledge about nature is mediated by big data scientific infrastructures.

Pablo DeSoto holds a PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, department of communication & culture. His current research project is entitled “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene, Staying with the Trouble in Fukushima.” By engaging in the dialogue between the arts, the humanities and the sciences, his research project aims to invent new ways to approach the public environmental humanities, exploring emerging twenty-first century possibilities for scholarly communication.

Rachel Lanier Taylor is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington. Her dissertation is an environmental and gender history of past energy transitions
in the U.S. Taking the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as a case study, it
uncovers how gendered ideologies influenced national energy policies and examines how different types of energy production shaped gender roles in quite material ways.

Roger Norum is a social anthropologist who studies the changing roles of mobility, social exchange and the environment in the contemporary world. His research investigates the physical and symbolic consequences of increased mobility with an emphasis on the everyday geopolitics of territory, time and labour, particularly among transient and precarious communities in the European Arctic and South Asia. His books include Political ecology of tourism: Communities, power and the environment (Routledge, 2016) and Methodologies of mobility: Ethnography and experiment (Berghahn, in press).

Sarah Elizabeth Yoho‘s doctoral research is an interdisciplinary case study that examines community resilience in the aftermath of flooding in northern Italy. Through ethnographic fieldwork, the study aims to analyse the broader discourses as well as the specific actors that have featured in the rebuilding of both the community and the physical environment. She is a graduate of Penn State University (BAs in History and in French with a Theatre minor) and the Australian National University (Master of Culture, Health and Medicine).  Her previous fieldwork experience includes outback Australia and southern Madagascar.

Saumya Roy is a co-founder and the CEO of Vandana Foundation. As an independent scholar she is writing a book about the garbage mountain in

Sergio Ruiz is a master’s student in sustainability science and technology at UPC (Barcelona) and now working on his thesis at KTH. His thesis documents an environmental justice conflict between a community at the outskirts of Barcelona and a cement plant that also incinerates waste. Currently, he organises the environmental humanities laboratory project “Stories and Seeds” about environmental literacy for students in technology.  Since early 2016,  he collaborates with the Observatory on Debt in Globalization in the struggle against the proposed MidcAT gas pipeline between Catalonia and France.

Shweta Narayan is a writer whose poetry has been nominated for a Rhysling award and has appeared in journals such as Shimmer, Stone Telling, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons. Her published fiction has been Nebula-nominated. She also co-edits the online poetry zine Stone Telling. She was the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship recipient at the Clarion workshop in 2007.

Stacy Alaimo is professor of English and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Alaimo’s books include Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space (2000); Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (2010), and Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times (2016). She co-edited Material Feminisms (2008) and edited the 28 chapter volume in the MacMillan Handbooks Gender series, entitled Matter (2016). Dr. Alaimo has published around 50 articles in the environmental humanities, gender theory, new materialism, and science studies. Her work has been translated into Swedish, Portuguese, Polish, German, and Greek.  She is currently writing the book Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss and co-editing a book series at Duke UP called Elements.

Subarna De is a PhD candidate in the department of English studies at the Central University of Tamil Nadu, India. Her dissertation studies Sarita Mandanna’s Tiger Hills (2010) and Kavery Nambissan’s The Scent of Pepper (2010) from the perspective of bioregional reinhabitation. In particular, the research aims to examine how bioregional reinhabitation emerged as an alternative ecological lifeway to counter the imperial power structures and developmental aftermaths.

Sverker Lenas is a journalist of the culture section of the Swedish journal Dagens Nyheter.

Sverker Sörlin is professor of environmental history at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology and one of the founders of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL). Sörlin is also active in the field of research policy and environmental policy and, since 1994, has  been a member of the Swedish government’s research committee. From 2006 to 2009, he was chairman of the Swedish Committee for the International Polar Year. Since July 2013 he is also a member of the Mistra board. Among his numerous publications there are notable articles such as the multi-authored “A safe operating space for humanity” (Rockström et al., Nature 2009) on planetary boundaries and edited volumes such as The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (with Libby Robin and Paul Warde, 2013). He has received numerous awards, such as the Lars Salvius Prize in 2012.

Vikas Lakhani is a doctoral researcher at the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich. His research concentrates on the memory of disasters and their role in shaping collective action, institutional response and decision making, focusing on the Machhu Dam failure (1979) and the Bhuj Earthquake (2001) in Gujarat, India. He completed his B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the M. S University of Baroda and received his M.Sc. in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Wenjun Yang is a doctoral student at Kansas University in history. She studies agricultural byproducts from an environmental history perspective.

Ximena Sevilla Benavides is a PhD candidate at the history department at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation seeks to explore the historical meanings that indigenous peoples, Spanish conquistadors, missionaries, scientific explorers, and early national elites have ascribed to the montaña region located at the eastern slopes of the Andean highlands in northern Peru.





















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