GENIE: The Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy



Our team

Co-chairs

Joe Gray,
MSc

Joe is a field naturalist and eco-activist who lives on the island of Great Britain near the confluence of the River Colne and River Ver, the latter being a globally rare chalk stream fed by an aquifer in the foothills of the Chilterns. He is currently studying for a PhD at Royal Holloway University of London on the ecology of woodland insects.

Helen
Kopnina,
PhD

Helen is an environmental anthropologist who lives in the Rhine–Meuse delta plain on the continental land mass of Europe. She has posts at Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Science.

Haydn
Washington,
PhD

Haydn is an environmental scientist, writer, and activist who lives in the south-east coast water basin on the continental land mass of Australia. He is based at the PANGEA Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Steering committee

Simon
Leadbeater,
DPhil

Simon has a background in local government and third-sector management, and lives just north of the River Lea on the edge of a village called Ayot St Lawrence (Ayot meaning ‘wild place’), on the island of Great Britain. His home is Priors Wood, a 54-acre ancient woodland site owned by Simon and his wife.

Michelle
Maloney,
PhD

Michelle is an environmental lawyer who grew up on the edge of the Australian outback. She now lives in the catchment of the Maiwar (Brisbane) River and is co-founder and national convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance.

Alberto
Ruz
Buenfil

Coyote Alberto is an activist for social and environmental change and a founder of Mexico's first ecovillage, known as Huehuecoyotl, where he lives.

Ian Whyte,
BComm

Ian is an amateur field naturalist and an ecocentrist. He has been involved with ecocentric thought, and sometimes action, since the 1980s. He is a life-long resident of the middle-Ottawa River valley in north-east North America.

Mersha
Yilma,
LLB

Mersha is a practitioner of Earth jurisprudence who lives in the watershed of the Awash, near the foot of Mount Entoto, on the continental land mass of Africa.

Advisory council

Tarik
Bodasing,
MSc

Tarik is a landscape ecologist and naturalist who is currently residing in the Ceiriog River valley on the island of Great Britain. He has spent most of his adult life working in African wildlife conservation and was born and raised among the remnant coastal forests of eastern South Africa.

Kaitlyn
Creasy,
PhD

Kaitlyn is a philosopher who lives at the glacial boundary of the most recent North American Ice Age on the continental land mass of North America. She is Assistant Professor of Butler University and works on Nietzsche and environmental ethics.

Patrick
Curry,
PhD

Patrick is a writer and scholar who lives in the Thames catchment on the island of Great Britain. His works include Ecological Ethics: An Introduction (Polity Books, 2018).

Dominick
DellaSala,
PhD

Dominick is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute, which is based in the world-class Klamath–Siskiyou ecoregion of south-west Oregon and northern California. He is also former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America.

Marcus
Foth,
PhD

Marcus is Professor of Urban Informatics at Queensland University of Technology and lives in the north-east coast water basin on the continental land mass of Australia.

Anne
Fremaux,
PhD

Anne is a philosophy teacher who holds a Phd from Queen's University Belfast in the field of political ecology. Her works includes La Nécessité d'une Ecologie Radicale (Sang de la Terre, 2011). Anne is originally from the foothills of the French Alps and now resides in Bavaria.

Julia
Grieves,
MSc

Julia is the Program Coordinator for the Earth Ethics and Ecospirituality Programs of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, an organizaion based in the catchment of the Maiwar (Brisbane) River.

Peter
Jingcheng
Xu, PhD

Peter is a poet, translator, and Daoist ecocritic who grew up in China and now lives near the foot of Mount Snowdon on the island of Great Britain. He has translated a wide spectrum of Chinese literary texts into English.

Freya
Mathews,
PhD

Freya is an environmental philosopher who was born and raised in Wurundjeri and Bunurong country in south-eastern Australia. She now divides her time between the Merri Creek Catchment in inner-city Melbourne and a granite outcrop in Dja Dja Wurrung country in the semi-arid north west of the state.

Orlando
Meulens,
MC

Orlando is a lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Finance, and Marketing at The Hague University of Applied Science. He lives in the Rhine–Meuse delta plain on the continental land mass of Europe but hails from the Caribbean island of Curaçao, where he formerly served as a government policy advisor.

Stephanie
Moran,
MFA

Stephanie is an artist and researcher. She lives in the five valleys of Stroud, within the Cotswold hills, on the island of Great Britain. Stephanie is currently studying for a PhD at Plymouth University, producing an experimental eco-sci-fi digital novel, of sorts, and is part of the socially engaged art and tech research partnership Etic Lab.

Reed
Noss,
PhD

Reed is a naturalist, writer, and photographer with interests in all things ecological. He lives on a barrier island in south-western Florida near the southern end of the North American Coastal Plain Floristic Province, a global biodiversity hotspot.

Alf
Seegert,
PhD

Alf teaches literature and video game narratives at the University of Utah and designs board games. His background includes habitat restoration and ecophilosophy. He lives where the Great Basin meets the western flanks of the Rocky Mountains, just below the shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville.

Eleanor
Shoreman-
Ouimet,
PhD

Elle is an environmental anthropologist who lives within the narrow river valleys and forested hills of the formerly glaciated, northern Appalachian Highlands on the continental land mass of North America. She is a professor at the University of Connecticut.

Bron
Taylor,
PhD

Bron is an Environmental Ethics professor who lives amidst the once panther-prowled forests and pristine-springs of North Central Florida. He studies the affective, spiritual, and ethical roots of environmentalism, and his works include Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (University of California Press, 2010).

Anna
Wienhues,
PhD

Anna is an environmental political theorist who lives on the island of Great Britain near the river Mersey and west of the Pennines mountain range. Currently, she is based at Keele University.

Network coordinator

We are currently seeking a network coordinator to join the team of volunteers. This person will oversee a database of projects and contacts, finding cases of ecodemocracy in practice from around the globe and recording learning points from such examples. To enquire about this position, please get in touch using our contact form.


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