Agnieszka Kurant is an artist and writer. Her practice is related to the concepts of phantom capital, invisible labor, hybrid authorship and the harvesting of surplus value in society unbeknownst to the workers. Kurant’s work has been exhibited at museums worldwide including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tate Modern, London; MoMA PS1, New York; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Stroom den Haag; Moderna Museet; Sculpture Center and most notably, at the Polish Pavilion during the 2010 Venice Biennale. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the International Henkel Art Award (Mumok, Vienna). Her work was also included in Frieze Projects; Performa Biennial; Bucharest Biennale, and Moscow Biennale. Sternberg Press published her monograph Unknown Unknown in 2008. The artist has an upcoming commission for the Guggenheim Museum (June 2015). Kurant has lectured at universities and art academies including: The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, Otis College of Art and Design; USC Roski School of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Art; Rice University, Houston; Ecole de Beaux Art in Lyon and Goldsmith College, London.

Alan McKinlay is a Professor at St Andrews University. He has published widely on business and labour history; contemporary industrial relations and work organization; and on the philosophy of Michel Foucault.

Alexander Neumann is a senior researcher living in Paris where he obtained his PhD and his ‘Habilitation à diriger des recherches’ (CNRS). He wrote several books about conceptual and empirircal aspects of the Frankfurt School: Conscience de casse; Kritische Arbeitssoziologie; Après Habermas; and Le principe Hartz (to be published). He is currently directing a UE funded project about French-German cross border development.

André Spicer is a Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on power and politics in and around organizations. His work has been extensively published in a wide range of journals and edited books. He has recently published books entitled Contesting the Corporation (Cambridge), Unmasking the Entrepreneur (Edward Elgar), Understanding Corporate Life (Sage), and Understanding Leadership in the Real World (Routledge).Angela McRobbie is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths College, London. Her special topics of research are: gender and feminist theory and cultural studies, and ‘precarious labour’ in art worlds and in the new culture industries. She is the author of In the Culture Society: Art, Fashion and Popular Music (1999), The Uses of Cultural Studies: A Textbook (2005), The Aftermath of Feminism (2008) and Sexuality, Gender and Generation: Postfeminist Art and Culture (2010). Her current research on the ‘new culture industry’ will be published as Be Creative: Precarious Labour in Art and Cultural Worlds, London, Berlin, Glasgow.

Anna-Maria Isola is a Research Manager at The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. Her research has covered the politics of breastfeeding, experiences of poverty and experienced inclusion, and population-political rhetorics – on which topic she obtained her PhD in 2013. She leads a research group that has developed and validated the Experienced Social Inclusion Scale (ESIS) -indicator. Anna-Maria’s thinking is that the welfare state continuously needs to renew itself; however the renewal can only happen sustainably when economic systems change as well. Change processes are global, but solutions are first found locally. “Think globally, act locally” describes her thinking well.

Ann Marie Sidhu is a Lecturer in Accounting at Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK. She teaches and researches auditing and ethics in accounting. She is currently pursuing a PhD on the impact of accounting for carbon emissions at Newcastle University.

Ansgar Allen is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield and the author of Benign Violence: Education in and beyond the Age of Reason.

Boris Buden is a philosopher living in Berlin. In the 1990s he was editor of the magazine Arkzin, Zagreb. Among his translations into Serbocroatian are two books of Sigmund Freud. Buden is the author of Barikade (Zagreb 1996/1997), Kaptolski Kolodvor (Beograd 2001), Der Schacht von Babel (Berlin 2004; Vavilonska jama, Beograd 2007) and, together with Stefan Nowotny, Übersetzung. Das Versprechen eines Begriffs (Turia + Kant 2008).

Brian Holmes is a culture critic who works directly with artist and activist groups. He publishes in Springerin, Brumaria and Multitudes, and is the author of the books Hieroglyphs of the Future (Arkzin/WHW, 2002) and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms (Autonomedia, 2008).

Brigitta Kuster is a cultural producer primarily active as video-maker and author. She has dealt with the themes of migration and transnational space, the representation of labor, gender and sexual identity. She has also collaborated with Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz and others in a long-term interdisciplinary research project on labor and sexuality. She received the Swiss Art Award in 2006 and 2010.Campbell Jones, University of Leicester, UK, has published several studies of the reception of French theory in management and organization studies. To this end, he has also co-edited Contemporary Organization Theory (2005, Blackwell) and Philosophy and Organization (2007, Routledge), edited special issues of the journal Business Ethics: A European Review around the work of Emmanuel Levinas (2007), Jacques Derrida (2010) and Alain Badiou (forthcoming), and co-edited a special issue of the journal Organization on Jacques Lacan and organization studies. His most recent book is Unmasking the Entrepreneur (2009, Edward Elgar) and he is currently writing a book called Can the Market Speak?

Carl Cederström is a lecturer in Human Resource Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. His research focuses on Lacanian psychoanalysis, philosophy, politics, and work. He is the co- author of How to Stop Living and Start Worrying (Polity, 2010) and co- editor of Impossible Objects (Polity, 2011). His work on authenticity, happiness, health and love – among other subjects – has appeared in a range of journals and edited collections.

Carol Owens is a practising and supervisory analyst in private practice in North County Dublin. She is a lecturer in the Department of Psychoanalysis at Independent College Dublin. She holds a PhD from the University of Reading, where she was formerly a member of the Beryl Curt research entity. She was editor of The Letter – Lacanian Perspectives on Psychoanalysis for four years, and recently edited the Annual Review of Critical Psychology ( dedicated to the examination of Lacan and critical transdisciplinary research/theorising. She has published a number of articles and book chapters on the clinical practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis and on the application of Lacanian psychoanalysis to the fields of social psychology, queer theory and philosophy.

Casper Hoedemaekers is a lecturer in Organization Studies at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. His research interests include Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, the study of subjectivity in the workplace, organizational control, transgressive practices in advertising and popular media, and the signification of creative labour. His work has appeared in a range of academic journals.

Chris Land is a lapsed biketivist who now lives shackled to a desk at the University of Essex where he writes about activism instead of actually doing anything. He wonders whether his cynical mockery of the paradox captured in Gerard Winstanley’s words – ‘words and writings were all nothing, and must die, for action is the life of all, and if thou dost not act thou dost nothing’ – is enough to reconcile him to his keyboard-bound existence.

Chris Lang is an activist and researcher. He has worked for many years with the World Rainforest Movement, mainly focussing on the expansion of the pulp and paper industry in the global South. In addition to regular articles in the WRM Bulletin, he has written several books and reports, including ‘Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South’, ‘Banks, Pulp & People: A Primer on Upcoming International Pulp Projects’, ‘“A funny place to store carbon”: UWA-FACE Foundation’s tree planting project in Mount Elgon national park, Uganda’ and ‘Genetically modified trees: The ultimate threat to forests’. He is currently working on a website ( looking at the rapid developments in the world of ‘avoided deforestation’.

Christian De Cock is Professor of Management at the Essex Business School, University of Essex. Christian has a long-standing interest in the role of the arts, literature and social theory in thinking about organization. His current research focuses on particular features and manifestations of capitalism with his most recent fieldwork, exploring various dimensions of finance capitalism. 

Christina Volkmann is a Lecturer in Management at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Her background in literary criticism and philology informs her theoretical approach in terms of textual, interpretative and hermeneutic practice. Her current research focuses on concepts of space in the organizational context. She is particularly interested in the architectural spaces of organization(s) and the urban context in which we find them.

Cristián Alarcón is a PhD candidate at the department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). My research project focuses on the structures of political economy, political ecology and environmental communication of forest sectors in Chile and Sweden. I also have a research position within the project GloPat – Global Patterns of Production and Consumption: Current Problems and Future Possibilities. I am affiliated to the CEFO Research Forum at the center for sustainable development at SLU and Uppsala University Sweden. Research interests: politics of forests and forest sectors; environmental communication; political economy; political ecology; salmon aquaculture and exploitation of marine resources; climate change and its relationships with power structures, politics and science; discourses on sustainable development.

Dag G. Aasland is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Working Life and Innovation at the University of Agder, Norway. For the last few years his teaching and research has concentrated on ethics in business and management, especially from the perspective of the works of Levinas.Diedrich Diederichsen is an author, journalist, cultural critic and a Professor at the University of Fine Arts in Vienna. He is one of Germany’s most renowned intellectual writers at the crossroads of arts, politics, and pop culture.

Diedrich Diederichsen is an author, journalist, cultural critic and a Professor at the University of Fine Arts in Vienna. He is one of Germany’s most renowned intellectual writers at the crossroads of arts, politics, and pop culture.

Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Walter Benjamin (Reaktion, 2007), Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry (2005), Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant Garde (2002) and Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (2000). She is on the editorial boards of the journals Historical Materialism, Radical Philosophy and Revolutionary History.

Fábio Renato da Silva is an MSc student in Management at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he also received his Bachelor in Social Communication and his Bachelor in Public Relations. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Management Systems and Health Services at the State University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Freee Art Collective. Freee is concerned with the publishing and dissemination of ideas and the formation of opinion, or what Jürgen Habermas describes as the ‘public sphere’. Freee’s practice combines and links a number of key art historical elements; the use of text (as slogan), print, sculptural props, installation, video photography and montage – developing speech act theory and theories of art’s social turn. Freee attempts to complicate the notion of the convivial in social practice by using witnesses instead of participants and develops theories ofplace and space from radical geography, theories of hegemony and the multitude, the theory of the philistine and the political theory ofparrhesia in its projects. In 2011 Beech, Hewitt and Jordan established the journal Art and the Public Sphere. Freee’s recent exhibitions include: ‘We are Grammar’,Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, 2011, ‘Touched’, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, 2010; ‘When Guests Become Hosts’, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal, 2010. Freee have recently contributed chapters to two forthcoming books: Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics, (eds) Laura Cull & Will Daddario, published by Intellect Book and New Interactive Practices in Contemporary Art, (ed) Kathryn Brown, Publisher I.B.Tauris. For more information on Freee’s Projects go to:

Gender CC – Women for Climate Justice is a global network of women and gender activists and experts from all world regions working for gender and climate justice. WRM is part of Gender CC core group and acts as its Latin American focal point.

Gene Ray teaches critical studies in the CCC research-based Master Program at Geneva University of Art and Design. He is the author of Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory (2005, 2010) and co-editor, with Gerald Raunig, of Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional Critique (2009).

Geoff Lightfoot is a senior lecturer in the School of Management and a member of the Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy at the University of Leicester, and a reader at the Univeriteit voor Humanistiek, Utrecht. He is currently working on a critical history of financial thought.

Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theorist living in Vienna. He works at the eipcp and is co-founder of the magazine Kulturrisse and the multilingual web journal transversal. Raunig is the author of Art and Revolution: Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press 2007) and A Thousand Machines (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2009, forthcoming).

Gerald Raunig is philosopher and art theoretician. He teaches at the Züricher Hochschule der Künste (Departement Kunst und Medien) where he coordinates the specialization Theory. He is co-founder of the eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies) and co- ordinator of the transnational eipcp research projects republicart (2002- 2005), transform (2005-2008) and Creating Worlds (2009-2012). His recent books include Art and Revolution. Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century (2007), and A Thousand Machines (2010) both published by Semiotext(e)/MIT Press.

Gigi Roggero is a precarious researcher and a militant of the collectives: edu-factory and Uninomade, participates in The Knowledge Liberation Front network, and is a regular contributor to “Il Manifesto.” Among his publications, he is the author of The Production of Living Knowledge: The Crisis of the University and the Transformation of Labor in Europe and North America.

Hadida Yasmin is a scientist and researcher, Hadida is associated with North Bengal University, India and Nespon. She has been a part of the NESPON and NFFPFW team that has been researching Indian CDM projects for last 3 years.

Hans Abbing is an economist and visual artist. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Art at the University of Amsterdam. He wrote the book Why are Artists Poor: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts. In 2016, his new book will be published, The Art Period: Will Art become Common after Two Hundred Years of Splendor?

Pippa Carter Having spent a long time working for a living, Pippa Carter decided to try living for a living instead, and finds that it ‘works’ very well. As part of this, she continues to research and publish on organization, inspired by Deleuze’s ‘active escape’, following an unidentified Jackson, ‘I don’t stop running, but while running, I look for weapons’. She continues to hope to make a difference, while there is still time. She is further much comforted by her appointment as a Visiting Fellow at the School of Management, University of Leicester, UK.

Hito Steyerl works as a filmmaker, video artist and author in the area of essayist documentary film and postcolonial criticism. A producer as well as theorist, her films have received international awards and are screened on TV in many countries. She is Visiting Professor for Experimental Media Creation at Universität der Künste, Berlin. Her recent book is Die Farbe der Wahrheit (Turia + Kant, 2008).

Ida Auken is a member of the Danish Parliament, Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs. Member of the Standing Comittees on Environment and Planning, Climate and Energy and the Standing Committee on Culture. Cand.theol. and author of several publications on the relationship between religion and politics.

Isaac ‘Asume’ Osuoka is a Vanier Scholar in the doctoral program of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. He has been director of Social Action, a Nigerian project for education and solidarity for communities and activists working for environmental justice and democracy. He is a joint coordinator of the Gulf of Guinea Citizens Network (GGCN).

Isabelle Bruno is a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Lille (France). She is working on neoliberal governmentality and managerial technology of government, more specifically on the genealogy of benchmarking in the U.S. industry and its current use in the European Union (research policy and the fight against social exclusion). She has published a book in French on the European Research Area (À vos marques®, prêts… cherchez ! La stratégie européenne de Lisbonne, vers un marché de la recherche, Éditions du Croquant, 2008) and a recent article in “Minerva” titled The “Indefinite Discipline” of Competitiveness Benchmarking as a Neoliberal Technology of Government (47/3, September 2009, 261-280).

Isabelle Graw is Professor of the History of Art and Art Theory at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule), where she co-founded the Institut für Kunstkritik in 2003. She is an art critic, co-founder of “Texte zur Kunst”, and the author of several books, including Die bessere Hälfte. Künstlerinnen im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert (2003), High Price: Art between the Market and Celebrity Culture (2009) and Texte zur Kunst. Essays, Rezensionen, Gespräche (2011).Isabell Lorey is a political scientist, Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University, Berlin (2010 and 2011), Visiting Professor for Gender Studies, Biopolitics and Postcolonial Studies at the Faculty for Social Science, Vienna University (2009), and previously Assistant Professor for Gender & Postcolonial Studies at the University of the Arts Berlin (2001-2007). She has published on: feminist and political theory, biopolitical governmentality, critical whiteness studies, political immunization, and precarization. Figuren des Immunen: Elemente einer politischen Theorie, her habilitation on Roman struggles of order, the Plebeian, concepts of community and immunization, was published with diaphanes in 2011.

Isabell Lorey is a political scientist, Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University, Berlin (2010 and 2011), Visiting Professor for Gender Studies, Biopolitics and Postcolonial Studies at the Faculty for Social Science, Vienna University (2009), and previously Assistant Professor for Gender & Postcolonial Studies at the University of the Arts Berlin (2001-2007). She has published on: feminist and political theory, biopolitical governmentality, critical whiteness studies, political immunization, and precarization. Figuren des Immunen: Elemente einer politischen Theorie, her habilitation on Roman struggles of order, the Plebeian, concepts of community and immunization, was published with diaphanes in 2011.

Jane Gibbon is a Lecturer in Accounting at Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK. Her research focuses on social accounting practice. She is working with community based organizations in both the third and public sector. She is currently completing her PhD supervised by Professor Jan Bebbington at the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) at St Andrews University.

Janne Laiho is a film-maker and marketeer. He is especially interested in the application of art (particularly film) for communicating societal change and issues. With degrees in economics (MBA) and art (M.A.), he has been able to examine market economy dynamics through art. The Family Federation of Finland, The Finnish Youth Research Society, and The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health have commissioned Janne to produce documentary films on societal topics. These films have been parts of larger, academic research initiatives; the role of these films in the research initiatives has been both to uncover new information as well as to communicate dynamics that are hard to communicate by other means.

Jan Sowa (born 1976) studied literature, philosophy and psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and University Paris VIII in Saint- Denis, France. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a habilitation in cultural studies. He is Associate Professor at the Chair of Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Member of Board of the Polish National Programme for the Development of Humanities. He edited and authored several books (recently: Fantomowe ciało króla. Peryferyjne zmagania z nowoczesną formą, 2012) and published around 100 articles in Poland and abroad (recently: with Jakub Majmurek and Kuba Mikurda, Un événement dans la glacière: le Carnaval de Solidarnosc (1980-81) comme jaillissement de l’imagination politique in: A. Badiou, S. Žižek, L’idée du communisme II, Paris 2012 and Un giro inesperado de la ideología. Neoliberalismo y el colapso del Bloque Soviético, “Metapolítica”, Marzo 2013). Jan Sowa is currently working on a book exploring links between the 20th century artistic and political vanguard movements. Contact: jan.sowa[at]

Jason Glynos is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the Department of Government, University of Essex, where he is director of the MA Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis. He has published widely in the areas of poststructuralist political theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis, focusing on theories of ideology, democracy, and freedom, and the philosophy and methodology of social science. He is co-author of Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory (Routledge, 2007), and co-editor of Traversing the Fantasy (Ashgate, 2005) and Lacan and Science (Karnac, 2002). His current research explores the contributions of discourse analysis and psychoanalysis to the development of a critical political economy.

Jens Kastner is a sociologist and art historian working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He is editor of Bildpunkt: Zeitschrift der IG Bildende Kunst. His recent books are Transnationale Guerilla: Aktivismus, Kunst und die kommende Gemeinschaft (Unrast, 2007) and, together with Bettina Spörr, nicht alles tun (Unrast, 2008).

Jeroen Veldman is a PhD student at the School of Management, University of Leicester and an associate lecturer at the Utrecht School of Governance, University of Utrecht. Over the last four years, he has been writing on the construction of the separate legal entity in legal and economic scholarship and the influence of this concept on organization studies. The historical development of this concept and the way it drives the development of concepts of corporate governance is a central focus of this project.

Joanna Bednarek is an independent/precarious researcher and lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań, Poland). Author of several articles and a book titled Polityka poza formą: Ontologiczne uwarunkowania poststrukturalistycznej filozofii polityki (Politics Beyond Form: Ontological determinations of poststructuralist political philosophy). Her research interests include relations between ontology and political theory, autonomist marxism, feminist theory and posthumanism.

Joanna Cabello is a researcher at the Carbon Trade Watch project of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has an MA in Politics of Alternative Development from the Institute of Social Studies and a Bachelor Degree in Social Communications from Universidad de Lima, Peru. Previously she has worked with different projects concerning the Peruvian rainforest and at the UN office for Peace and Disarmament in Latin America.

John Fenwick is a Reader in Organization and Public Management at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK. He teaches and researches in public sector management and has a particular interest in the relationship between local government and local community. He also has active interests in the practical governance of education at school level and is involved in the broad co-operative and mutual

John Roberts is Professor of Art & Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton, and the author of a number of books, including: Philosophizing the Everyday: Revolutionary Praxis and the Fate of Cultural Theory (Pluto 2006), The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade (Verso 2007) and The Necessity of Errors (Verso 2011). He has also contributed to a wide range of journals, including “Radical Philosophy”, “Historical Materialism”, “New Left Review”, “Third Text”, “Oxford Art Journal” and “New Literary History and Philosophy of Photography”.

Juhana Venäläinen is an assistant professor in cultural studies at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. His research revolves around fractures and new formations of work and the economy. In and after his doctoral thesis (2015), he has strived to explore how the notion of “the commons” could recalibrate understanding of the value-creating processes in contemporary capitalism, with case studies ranging from silence tourism to the affective economies of googling. Venäläinen has edited volumes and special issues e.g. about employment precarity, the experience economy and financial cultures. Lately, he has focused on the paradoxes of “sharing” and “gig” economy.

Kevin Smith is a London-based writer/researcher with Carbon Trade Watch. He is the author of ‘The Carbon Neutral Myth: Offset Indulgences for your Climate Sins’ and the co-author of ‘Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: The G8, climate change and free-market environmentalism’. He has published articles on the subject for publications including the Guardian, the Economist, Environmental Finance, Resurgence, Red Pepper and the Tatler. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic participant in the UK Camp for Climate Action.

Krystian Szadkowski (born 1986) – marxist and higher education researcher, PhD candidate at the Institute of Philosophy of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań and researcher at the UNESCO Chair UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy AMU. He is finishing his PhD thesis entitled W strone uniwersytetu jako instytucji dobra wspólnego. Filozoficzne podstawy krytycznych badań nad szkolnictwem wyń szym [Towards the University as an Institution of the Common. Philosophical Foundations of Critical Higher Education Research]. Editor-in-chief of peer-reviewed academic journal “Praktyka Teoretyczna/Theoretical Practice”.

Kuba Szreder is a graduate at the sociology department of Jagiellonian University (Krakow). He works as a curator of interdisciplinary projects. As part of his curatorial practice he organizes research projects, seminars and conferences, writes articles and edits publications which coalesce critical reflection with art theory and sociological analysis of contemporary art field. In the fall of 2009 he started his PhD research at Loughborough University School of the Arts, where he scrutinizes the apparatus of project making and its relation to the independent curatorial practice.

Larch Maxey has been practising and researching sustainability since 1986.

Larry Lohmann works with The Corner House, a UK-based research and advocacy organization. His books include Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the Global Paper Economy (with Ricardo Carrere) (Zed, 1996) and the edited volume Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatization and Power (Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, 2006). He is a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice and his articles have appeared in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society; Asian Survey; Carbon & Climate Law Review; Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars; Race & Class; International Journal of Environment and Pollution; Development; New Scientist; Development and Change and Science as Culture.

Laura Kumpuniemi is a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland. At the moment, she is working on her PhD thesis about political and democratising aspects of solidarity economy in Bolivia. In her research she is interested in exploring the possibilities of post-capitalist politics, post-development practices, and local and global networks of reciprocal solidarity. In Finland, she is active in an organic food cooperative and in the network and communication group called Laura is also passionate about fostering global networks of solidarity in practice and in her activism she has worked especially with Latin American countries and Western Sahara.

Luc Boltanski is the leading figure in the new ‘pragmatic’ school of French sociology. He is a Professor at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the founder of the Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale. He contributed to the start of the “political and moral sociology” framework. Political and moral sociology has gradually developed as a research programme — in the sense proposed by Imre Lakatos — around a conceptual nucleus looking to construct a theory of action based on Émile Durkheim’s theory of moral fact, revising the inheritance of ‘methodological structuralism’ from the point of view of dynamics and processes. The research program stresses how, in many conflicts, the characteristics of the disputants change during the course of the conflict. His work has significantly influenced sociology, political economy and social and economic history.

Marcelo Expósito is an artist mostly based in Barcelona. He was co- founder and co-editor of Brumaria magazine (2002-2006). He teaches video theory and history at Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Cuenca), art theory at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and art and politics at Independent Studies Programm (PEI) at Macba (Barcelona).

Maria Joutsenvirta is a Senior Research Fellow affiliated with the Sustainability-in-Business (SUB) program at Aalto University School of Business ( She is interested in finding answers to how economy can be harnessed to serve ecological and social wellbeing through, for example, practice of commons, new ’monies’ and systemic co- design. She has used post-growth and heterodox economics lenses to detach wellbeing and societal structures from the extractive, growth-dependent economy. Maria believes that a sustainable future demands a shift in the way people and organizations relate to one another and with the Earth. Her academic and practical work aims to foster deeper and more meaningful relationships between people, with nature and with our own inner worlds.

Marina Garcés is professor for contemporary philosophy at the University Oberta de Catalunya and at the University of Zaragoza. She is author of the book In the prisons of the possible (Ediciones Bellaterra, Barcelona, 2002) and she collaborates with such magazines asArchipiélago, Zehar o Le passant ordinaire and with institutions such as Arteleku (San Sebastián) o Unia-Arte y pensamiento (Sevilla). Since 2003 she co-ordinates the activity of Espai en Blanc (

Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer occupied mainly with questions around art, labour and the value-form. She has just completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London on Speculation as a Mode of Production in Art and Capital. Research posts have included the Montehermoso Research Grant (2011/12), critic-in-residence at the FRAC Lorraine (2009) and a fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2007/8). She holds an MA from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy. Co-editor of Uncorporate Identity (2010) with Metahaven, and Media Mutandis: Art, Technologies and Politics (NODE. London, 2006). She is a frequent contributor to catalogues, edited collections and journals such as “Mute”, “Afterall”, “Parkett” and “Texte zur Kunst”. She also takes part in the collective projects Unemployed Cinema, Cinenova and Signal: Noise. She is currently writing a book with Kerstin Stakemeier on the politics of autonomy and reproduction in art.

Marion von Osten is Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and works as an artist, author and curator. Her projects focus on the changed conditions of the production of cultural work in neo-liberal societies, technologies of the self and the governance of mobility. Her most recent publication in English is Colonial Modem: Aesthetics of the Past Rebellions for the Future (2010, with Tom Avermaete and Serhat Karakayali). She has edited or co-edited Projekt Migration (2005), Norm der Abweichung (2003), MoneyNations (2003), and Das Phantom sucht seinen Mörder: Ein Reader zur Kulturalisierung der Ökonomie (1999).

Martha Rosler is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. As an artist and activist, Rosler aims to engage people as citizens. Her concerns often center on the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life, especially as they affect women. She has worked extensively on questions of housing, homelessness, and the built environment. Her work in video, photomontage, public posters, and collaborative actions often takes on and challenges the national security state. In November 2012, she conducted the Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA, New York, almost 40 years after her initial presentation of the Garage Sale in Southern California.

Massimiliano TombateachesPolitical Philosophy at the University of Padua. He has published several texts on the political philosophy of Kant, Hegel, the post-Hegelians, Marx and Walter Benjamin. He is the author of Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer. Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005); La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: la possibilità della giustizia (Macerata: Quodlibet, 2006); with D. Sacchetto, La lunga accumulazione originaria. Politica e lavoro nel mercato mondiale (Verona: Ombre Corte, 2008); Marx’s Temporalities (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

Matthew Paterson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the political economy of global environmental change. In addition to a book developing a general theoretical approach out of these interests, he has developed them in relation to global climate change and the politics of the automobile. His publications include Global Warming and Global Politics (Routledge 1996), Understanding Global Environmental Politics: Domination, Accumulation, Resistance, (Palgrave 2000), and Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy (Cambridge University Press 2007). He is currently co-writing a book with Peter Newell (University of East Anglia, UK) provisionally entitled Climate Capitalism, as well as a series of articles on the political economy of climate change governance, especially its ‘market-led’ character.

Maurizio Lazzarato is a sociologist, philosopher and independent researcher specialized in studies of relationships of work, economy and society. He works at the University of Paris I. His recent publications include Le gouvernement des inégalités: critique de l’insécurité néolibérale (2008); with Antonella Corsani, Intermittents et précaires (2008); Etude statistique, économique et sociologique du régime d’assurance chômage des professionnels du spectacle vivant, du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel (2005); Les révolutions du capitalisme, Les empêcheurs de penser en rond (2004), and Les mutations du travail sur le territoire de la Plaine St. Denis (2003).

Melissa Checker is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at CUNY, Queens College. Her research focuses on environmental justice activism and issues of urban sustainability in the United States. More recently she has added environmental gentrification in New York City and the global struggle for climate justice to her areas of study. Her publications include Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (NYU Press, 2005), and the edited volume, Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life (with Maggie Fishman, Columbia University Press, 2004). In addition, she has published a number of academic and journalistic articles.

Michal Kozłowski is Associate Professor at Philosophy Department at University of Warsaw (Poland). His work concerns the problem of subjectivity, history and historicity, capitalism and art. He extensively uses the concepts of Foucault, Bourdieu, Marx, Spinoza and the first generation operaismo. He is chef editor of Bez Dogmatu (quarterely review on politics and culture published since 1993) and co-editor of Le Monde Diplomatique. Edycja Polska. Published Les contre-pouvoirs de Foucault (Paris, 2011), Sprawa Spinozy (Cracow, 2011).

Mike Hannis is currently completing a PhD thesis on the relationship between sustainability and freedom, and working as a sessional lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. Over the last decade he has acted as a consultant in a number of low impact planning cases, after winning a lengthy battle to gain planning permission for his own off-grid community in Somerset.

Monika Kostera is Professor Ordinaria in economics and the humanities at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a professor in organization and management at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She is the author or editor of many other books and articles. She has worked in Polish, Swedish and UK universities. Her current research interests include imagination, alternative organization and organizational ethnography. She is a member of poetsa cooperative Erbacce Press, Liverpool.

Monika Mokre is a Researcher of the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF), Austrian Academy of Sciences. She is a board member of FOKUS, the Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies, a member of eipcp, and a Lecturer at the Universities of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. Her research focuses on European democracy and the public sphere, cultural politics and financing of the arts, media politics, and gender studies. Her most recent publications in English are Exchange and Deception: A Feminist Perspective (2010, co-edited with Caroline Gerschlager) and Culture and External Relations: Europe and Beyond (2011, with Jozef Batora).

Neil Cummings was born in Wales and lives in London. He is Professor of Theory and Practice at the CCW Graduate School, Chelsea College of Art and Design, a member of Critical Practice and on the editorial board of Documents of Contemporary Art. See

Nick Butler is a Lecturer in Organization Studies at the School of Management, University of St Andrews.

Nina Möntmann is Professor and Head of the Department of Art Theory and the History of Ideas at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm. From 2003 to 2006 she was Curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA) in Helsinki. Currently she is curatorial advisor for Manifesta 7, 2008. She is a correspondent for Artforum, and contributes to Le Monde Diplomatique, Parachute, metropolis m, Frieze and others. Her recent publications include Kunst als sozialer Raum, Köln (Walther König, 2002); Art and its Institutions (Black Dog Publishing, 2006).

Nishant Mate teaches in a college in Nagpur, (Mahastrasta), India. He is also a social activist associated with National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW). He investigated the impacts of several CDM projects in India.

Norman Jackson: Reassured by Deleuze and Guattari’s confirmation that the ‘capitalist machine does not run the risk of becoming mad, it is mad’, Norman spends his time being cynical about organizations and organization studies. The contribution of management in hastening the arrival of the tipping point’ currently refreshes his fascination with contemporary organizations. After too many years serving the ‘mad machine’, he is experiencing respite care, as a Visiting Fellow at the School of Management, University of Leicester, UK, amongst other misfits.

Paolo Virno is a philosopher living in Rome and teaching at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. He was active as a member of the Italian political group Potere Operaio during the 1970s, where he was imprisoned for three years before being acquitted. Virno is author of Convenzione e materialismo (1986), Mondanità (1994), Parole con parole (1995), Il ricordo del presente: Saggio sul tempo storico (1999), Grammatica della moltitudine (2001), Esercizi di esodo (2002), Quando il verbo si fa carne: Linguaggio e natura umana (2003), Motto di spirito e azione innovativa (2005), E così via, all’infinito. Logica e antropologia (2010). Books in English are A Grammar of the Multitude (2004), Multitude Between Innovation and Negation (2008) and Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics (1996, co-edited with Michael Hardt). He is a contributor to the philosophical review Forme di vita.

Patrick Bond is senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies in Durban, South Africa, where since 2004 he has directed the Centre for Civil Society. His work presently covers aspects of economic crisis, environment (energy, water and climate change), social mobilization, public policy and geopolitics. His recent books include: Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society; Looting Africa; Talk Left, Walk Right; and Elite Transition. He was a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice and is active in Climate Justice Now!’s South Africa branch. In service to the new South African government from 1994-2002, Patrick authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme. Patrick earned his doctorate in economic geography under the supervision of David Harvey at Johns Hopkins.

Pedro Volkmann is MSc student in Management at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He received his Bachelor in Social Communication at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Peter Armstrong is Emeritus Professor at Leicester University School of Management, having previously held chairs at the Universities of Sheffield and Keele. His first career was as a research and development engineer, mainly with the Central Electricity Generating Board. He then took a Masters degree in sociology of science at Bath University and subsequently worked with Theo Nichols and Huw Beynon on the well- known ‘Chemco’ studies in Industrial Sociology. He has published in a number of fields, including industrial relations, the sociology of the professions, product innovation, design studies and entrepreneurship, but is best-known for his work in critical accounting.

Peter Fleming is Professor of Work and Organization at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has previously held positions at Cambridge University and Melbourne University. One aspect of his research focuses on emergent forms of power in the workplace, especially as it pertains to bio-politics and ‘biocracy’. Another interest is the social anthropology of corporate corruption. He is the author of the books Contesting the Corporation (2007, Cambridge University Press, with André Spicer), Charting Corporate Corruption (2009, Edward Elgar Press) and Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of Work (2009, Oxford University Press).

Philippe Cullet is a Reader in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London (SOAS) where he teaches law related to the environment, natural resources and intellectual property. He is also a Founding Programme Director of the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Environment and Development ( He studied law at the University of Geneva and King’s College London (LLM). He received an MA in development studies from SOAS and his doctoral degree in international environmental law from Stanford Law School. He is the author of Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law (Ashgate, 2003), Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development (Butterworths, 2005) and Water, Law and Development in the context of Water Sector Reforms in India (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009) and the editor ofThe Sardar Sarovar Dam Project: Selected Documents (Ashgate, 2007).

Pieta Hyvärinen is a doctoral researcher in gender studies at Tampere University, with an academic background also in environmental politics. Their research concentrate on small-scale food production from the perspective of feminist postcapitalist economics and interspecies relations. In their doctoral thesis in the making, they develop a concept of multispecies livelihoods to elaborate the interdependencies and contradictories in everyday food production practices. So far they have authored journal articles on communal agriculture and urban beekeeping, co- authored book chapters on translating and teaching diverse and community economies, as well as co-edited a special issue on naturecultures in feminist studies. Along with research and writing, small-scale food production also plays a minor role in their everyday life as a hands-on practice.

Rafael Kruter Flores is a PhD student in Management at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he also received his MSc and Bachelor, both in Management.

Raimund Minichbauer has conducted a wide range of studies and research projects in the cultural sector since 1995. He works with the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp), where he was member of the coordinating teams of the transnational projects republicart (2002-2005), translate (2005-2008) and transform (2005- 2008). He is currently working on the multi-year research project Creating Worlds (2009-2012). He is co-editor, with Maria Lind, of European Cultural Policies (2005).

Raquel Núñez is a member of the WRM Secretariat where she has been working for eight years as WRM Bulletin coordinator and writer. She has been part of the Gender CC group that participated in the Bonn Climate Change Talks, June 2009.

Raúl Sánchez Cedillo is a writer and translator living in Madrid. Since 1991 he has been collaborating with the post-operaist research and political networks, and has edited a number of works by Antonio Negri, Félix Guattari and others. Politically, he was active in the antimilitarist and Insumisión movement during the 1990s, later in the okupación and Centros Sociales Okupados movements and the first cyberactivism network in Spain, Since 2000 he’s been promoting new self-educational and political projects, mainly the Madrid based Universidad Nómada.

Ricardo Carrere is the International Coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement, an international network of citizens’ groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world’s rainforests and to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples. Since the late 80s, Ricardo has concentrated his energies on research and campaigning at national and international levels to both protect forests and its peoples and to oppose the spread of large-scale tree monocultures. Ricardo is a Uruguayan forester and the author of numerous publications on forests and tree plantations as well as co-author – with Larry Lohmann – of ‘Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations and the World Paper Economy’.

Ricardo Coelho is a PhD student in Environmental Economics, specializing in carbon trading, in Universidade do Porto, Portugal. Personal website:;

Richard Hall is a Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is a National Teaching Fellow and writes about life in higher education at:

Rickard Grassman is a research and teaching associate in Organization Studies at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. His research explores enjoyment, imaginings and images in the context of virtual networks and organizations, particularly by drawing on poststructuralist accounts. These interests are reflected in both journal articles and book chapters, including ‘The Masochistic Reflexive Turn’ (with Cederström, 2008), as well as ‘Desire and Ideology in Virtual Social Networks’ and ‘The Will to Nothingness’ (with Case, 2009). He is currently finishing his PhD, which focuses on dis-identification and dissociative identity symptoms ranging from cynicism and escapism to psychosis and pathologies.

Rosalyn Deutsche is a critic and art historian living in New York. She teaches modern and contemporary art, feminist theory and urban theory at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her publications include the influential book Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics (MIT Press, 1998).

Sally Andrew has worked as an activist, educator and writer in South Africa. She has a Masters in Adult Education (UCT) and a certificate in Environmental Education (Rhodes). She is the author of The Fire Dogs of Climate Change – An inspirational call to action (Findhorn Press, 2009).

Sanna Ryynänen is a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. Her academic background is in sociology, and her PhD she obtained in educational sciences, specialising in social pedagogy (2011). Her research topics range from social inequalities, processes of marginalisation and excluding bordering practices to belonging and citizen participation, as well as to social and political theatre as an invitation to political discussion and dialogue. In her research, she often experiments with creative and participatory research methods, and believes in the transformative potential of academic work and research. Her interest in solidarity economy comes with her long history in Brazil, and her research in this field focuses on the pedagogical dimensions of solidarity economy and solidarity economy incubators as pedagogical and political actors.

Sian Sullivan is a Lecturer in Environment and Development at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is working on a book manuscript entitled An Ecosystem At Your Service? Culture, Nature and Service Provision in Global Environmental Governance.

Siddhartha Dabhi is a researcher from India, currently based at the University of Essex, UK, working on critiques of the political economy of carbon markets. He did his post-graduate studies in Economics at the University of Essex (UK) and his undergraduate studies in Economics at St. Xavier’s College – Ahmedabad (India).

Simon Dale has spent several years living low impact and permaculture lives. He has particular interest and experience in low impact building, woodlands, permaculture design and creative learning.

Simon Sheikh is a curator and critic living in Berlin and Copenhagen. He is an Assistant Professor of Art Theory and a Coordinator of the Critical Studies Program, Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. He was director of Overgaden – Institute for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen from 1999 to 2002, and was Curator at NIFCA, Helsinki, from 2003 to 2004. Editor of the magazine Øjeblikket (1996-2000), and a member of the project group GLOBE (1993-2000). His recent publications include the anthologies We are all Normal (with Katya Sander) (Black Dog Publishing, 2001), In the Place of the Public Sphere? (b_books, 2005) and Capital (It Fails Us Now)(b_books, 2006).

Soumitra Ghosh is social activist and researcher, Soumitra works among the forest communities of India. A co-editor of Mausam, the recently e-launched Indian journal on climate change and related issues, Soumitra is associated with NESPON, an environmental group based in sub-Himalayan West Bengal, India, National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW), India and also the Durban Coalition for Climate Justice.

Soumya Dutta is a social activist and researcher. Apart from jointly founding Science Communicators’ Forum in Kolkata, he took up the responsibility of national organizing secretary of Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha in 1992 and helped build-up a nation-wide people’s science program, along with publishing a large number of science communication material. He was in the core team – as national convener and later, co-convener – that started and nurtured the National Children’s Science Congress, till the year 2002. He also worked in Vigyan Prasar as project coordinator for information systems division for a year, and as in charge of Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Kendra in Delhi from 1997-2002. He has contributed to several books/training manuals, produced several print and electronic media material, edited several teachers training manuals on innovative science projects, developed/innovated experiments for hands-on training and organized a large number of training camps & workshops for science communication. He has conducted several teacher training workshops on creativity in science, on analyzing environmental issues etc – both for teachers and senior students, in nine States of India.

Stefan Nowotny is a philosopher based in Vienna. He has collaborated in the eipcp’s transnational projects transform and translate (2005-2008) and Europe as a Translational Space: The Politics of Heterolinguality (2010-2012). He has done research or taught at universities in Belgium, Germany and Austria (since 2001), alongside other project involvements and collaborations. He has published various essays especially on philosophical and political topics, co-edited several anthologies, translated a number of texts from both French and English into German, and co-authored the volumes Instituierende Praxen: Bruchlinien der Institutionskritik (with Gerald Raunig, 2008) andÜbersetzung: Das Versprechen eines Begriffs (with Boris Buden, 2008) and co- edited Kunst der Kritik (2010, with Birgit Mennel and Gerald Raunig).

Stefan Nowotny is a philosopher living in Vienna. He works at the eipcp and has published various essays on philosophical and political topics, co-edited several anthologies, and translated texts from both French and English into German. His recent books include: Instituierende Praxen. Bruchlinien der Institutionskritik (together with Gerald Raunig, Turia + Kant 2008); Übersetzung. Das Versprechen eines Begriffs (together with Boris Buden, Turia + Kant 2008).

Steffen Böhm is Reader in Management at the University of Essex. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society based at Essex. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick. His research focuses on the critique of the political economy of organization and management. He is co-founder of the open-access journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization (, and co-founder and co-editor of the new open publishing press MayFlyBooks ( He has also publishedRepositioning Organization Theory (Palgrave) and Against Automobility (Blackwell).

Stevphen Shukaitis is a lecturer at the University of Essex and a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. Since 2009, he has coordinated and edited Minor Compositions ( He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life (2009, Autonomedia) and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of the collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labour.

Suely Rolnik is a cultural critic, curator, psychoanalyst and full professor at the Universidade Católica de São Paulo, where she conducts a transdisciplinary doctoral program on contemporary subjectivity. She is co-author with Félix Guattari of Micropolítica: Cartografias do desejo (1986) and of Molecular Revolution in Brazil (2008). She is author of a research project about Lygia Clark, in which she realized 63 films of interviews, exhibited at the Musée de Beaux-arts de Nantes (Nantes, 2005) and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo, 2006). She lives in Brazil where she has a private practice in psychoanalysis.

Sunita Narain, has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) from 1982. She is currently the director of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. She is a writer and advocate, conducting her research with forensic rigour and passion, so that knowledge can lead to change.

Tamra L. Gilbertson is a Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Project at the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is a co-founder of Carbon Trade Watch and the Durban Group for Climate Justice. She has been active in the project since 2003 and has worked on socially focused environmental issues since 1992. She holds degrees in Marine Biology and Zoology from Humboldt State University, USA. She received scholarships from The Teamsters Union, 1995-1998 and the Samuel Rubins Young Fellowship Award in 2004. She has spent much of her time over the past six years documenting the affects of carbon offset project on community struggles.

Teppo Eskelinen is a senior lecturer at the Department of social sciences and philosophy, University of Jyväskylä. Having obtained his PhD in philosophy (2009), he moved to teach social and public policy and subsequently development studies. His multidisciplinary research covers a variety of themes, chiefly related to the normative and political aspects of the economy: global justice and extreme poverty, economy/ics as power, alternatives to growth/capitalism, and heterodox economics. He has also published on themes such as development policy, radical democracy and the possibility of utopias. In general, Eskelinen hopes his academic work to retain the transformative spirit of the global justice/solidarity movements which originally drew him into having an interest in societal matters.

The Carrot Workers Collective is a London-based group of current or ex interns, mainly from the creative and cultural sectors, as well as workers within the arts and education sectors that meet regularly to think together about the conditions of free labour in contemporary societies. They are currently undertaking a participatory action research around voluntary work, internships, job placements and compulsory unpaid work – AKA, workfare – in order to understand the impact they have on material conditions of existence, life expectations and sense of self, together with their implications in relation to education, lifelong training, exploitation, and class interest.

The Precarious Workers Brigade is a growing group of precarious workers in culture and education. The group reaches out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in the climate of instability and enforced austerity. Its members have come together not to defend what was, but to demand, create and reclaim: EQUAL PAY: no more free labour, guaranteed income for all; FREE EDUCATION: all debts and future debts cancelled now; DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS: cut unelected, unaccountable and unmandated leaders; THE COMMONS: shared ownership of space, ideas and resources.

Thomas Basbøll is the resident writing consultant at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy of the Copenhagen Business School.

Toni Ruuska is a University Teacher at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management.

Tuuli Hirvilammi is a postdoctoral researcher who currently works at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University, Finland. Her academic background is in social policy but her long term aim has been to integrate sustainability concerns into social policy as well as into wellbeing research. She believes that multidisciplinary research and learning from alternatives is a key answer to radically transform our current societies. Her research interests include sustainable wellbeing, eco-welfare state, ecosocial policies, degrowth and ecological economics which is seen in her publications she has co-authored both for the Finnish and international readers. Besides the academic research she is a degrowth and timebank activist, even though lately she has been more occupied as a local politician in her hometown.

Ulf Wuggenig is a sociologist at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, where he is also director of the contemporary visual art gallery of this university (‘Kunstraum’). Among his more recent publications in English are the co-edited catalogue books Dierk Schmidt. The Division of the Earth Tableaux on the Legal Synopses of the Berlin Africa Conference (2010), Moirés. Andreas Fogarasi, Katya Sander, Urtica (2008, with Astrid Wege) and Next Flag. The African Sniper Reader (2005, with Heike Munder and Fernando Alvim). He co-edited (with Gerald Raunig) Kritik der Kreativität (2007) as well as Publicum (2005) and (with Beatrice von Bismarck and Therese Kaufmann) Nach Bourdieu: Kunst, Visualität, Politik (2008).

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Vassilis Tsianos teaches theoretical sociology and migration studies at the University of Hamburg. He is a research fellow with the project ‘Transit Migration’ (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt) investigating the border regimes in southeast Europe. His research interests and publications include contemporary political theory, labor studies and the concept of the autonomy of migration. He is co-author of Escape Routes: Control and Subversion in the Twenty-First Century (2008) and co-editor of a book on ‘Empire and the biopolitical turn’. He is active member of kanak attak and of the Society for Legalization.

Vito De Lucia is an independent researcher with a background in Law from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. He is a founding member of the research network Eco Pax Mundi, and research associate of the Centro Internazionale per La Cultura e i Diritti dell’Uomo. His research focuses primarily on ecological and climate policy, theories of (climate) justice, post-global social and legal theory and critical approaches to international law. vitodelucia@gmailcom

Walden Bello is a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines representing the political party Akbayan. Associated with the Climate Justice Now! Network, he is a senior analyst of Focus on the Global South and president of the Freedom from Debt Coalition. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and 15 books on environmental, economic, and political issues. His latest book is Food Wars (New York: Verso, 2009). In 2007, he received the Right Livelihood Award – also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize – for his work on corporate-driven globalization.

World Rainforest Movement is an international network committed to the defence of world’s rainforests and their forest-related communities and indigenous peoples. The WRM has a campaign against the industrial tree plantations that are being promoted under the disguise of forests.

Yannis Stavrakakis studied political science at Panteion University (Athens) and discourse analysis at Essex and has worked at the Universities of Essex and Nottingham. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the author of Lacan and the Political (1999, Routledge) and The Lacanian Left (2007, Edinburgh University Press/SUNY Press) and co-editor of Discourse Theory and Political Analysis (2000, Manchester University Press) and Lacan and Science (2002, Karnac).

Zoe Young is a London-based researcher, writer and low-budget film- maker. She published a major critical study of the Global Environment Facility ( and promotes mycelial media networks that expose international public finance ( She also dances.