Alternatives to Development for Latin America: A Politically Incorrect Guide

claeslecturerEarth Talks with Eduardo Gudynas: Alternatives to Development for Latin America: A Politically Incorrect Guide. With Eduardo Gudynas, Senior Researcher at Latin American Center on Social Ecology

Latin American innovations in politics, known as “new left” or “progressivisms”, have received considerable attention in recent years, particularly in a Europe dominated by conservative governments. Iconic figures like Bolivian Evo Morales in Bolivia (where rights of nature have been built into the constitution) and former Uruguayan President, “Pepe” Mujica are well known in the global North. But these figures often find themselves in dispute with grassroots movements within their countries. A politically incorrect picture emerges, one that suggests that although these are not conservative governments, they are nonetheless deeply rooted in conventional and outdated development models. So, the debate on alternatives to development is still live.

Venue: The Playroom, The Old Postern, Dartington, Totnes, Devon,TQ9 6EA.
Date: Wednesday 27 January, 2016. Time: 8pm – 10:00 pm. Entrance: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions

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Eduardo Gudynas, is senior researcher at the Latin American Center on Social Ecology (link is external) (CLAES), a think tank based in Montevideo (Uruguay). His work focus on environment and alternatives to development, involved with different social movements and organizations in the continente. He hold a masters degree son social ecology, is a member of the Uruguayan Research System, associate researcher at the Dpt. Anthropology, University of California, Davis, and Duggan fellow of the National Resources Defense Council (US). He is a regular visiting professor or lecturer in different universities in Latin America, Spain, Austria, the US and Canada. He was coordinator of the Latin American sections of the United National Environmental Programm annual environmental outlooks for several editions, and an expert member of the Amazonian Sustainable Development Programm of the F. Ebert Foundation. His latest books include one on environmental ethics and Nature’s rights with a review of the situation in the Andean countries (with editions in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and nextcomming in Ecuador), and another one on the theory of extractivisms (with editions in Peru and Bolivia, and nextcomming in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil). He is also author or co-author of several scholar papers in academic journals. He is also a regular contributor with op-eds in different newspapers, magazines and web portals in several Latin American countries and Spain. He can be followed on twitter at @EGudynas(link is external) (link is external); blog