Faculty and Research Fellows

Mateo Aguado

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Mateo Aguado is a biologist and holds a PhD in ecology. He currently works as a researcher at the Socio-Ecosystem Laboratory of the Department of Ecology of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM, Spain). His main area of work is framed within the Sustainability Sciences, through the transdisciplinary study of the existing relationships between nature, culture and society. More specifically, his research focuses on the understanding and study of socio-ecological systems through the plural analysis of the links between ecosystem services and human well-being. Other lines of research that are also part of his interests are global change, political ecology, ecological economics and socio-ecological justice. He has worked as a Professor for three years at the National Polytechnic School (Quito, Ecuador) and has worked in the scientific coordination of the Evaluation of the Millennium Ecosystems of Spain.

Chris Beehner

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Dr. Chris Beehner is a business professor at Seminole State College of Florida, and has developed and taught courses for several colleges and universities. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Beehner was employed in the supply chain management industry, and he has also held nonprofit leadership roles. He has published, presented, and served as a panelist on workplace spirituality, sustainable business, and leadership topics. He is a community fellow at the University of Central Florida Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity, where he collaborates with representatives from academia, industry, government, and nonprofits to discover the sustainable solutions necessary to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

Javier Benayas del Alamo

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Javier Benayas del Alamo (Spain) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Ecology of the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has been Executive Secretary of the Sectoral Commission on Sustainability of the conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CADEP / CRUE) from 2007 to 2016. From 1995 to 2003, he was Delegate to the Rector of the Environment Department, and from 2003 to 2009 Campus and Quality Environmental Vice-Rector of the UAM. He is currently Deputy Director of the Interuniversity Institute for Advanced Research on the Evaluation of Science and the University (INAECU) and member of the Advisory Board of the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS).

Amanda Bennett Rivera

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Amanda Bennett is the Youth Programme Coordinator at the ECI Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. She co-facilitates the Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics online course, as part of her role in the youth programme.

She was born in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and grew up in South Carolina, United States. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Maryland. While studying in Maryland, Amanda interned at the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Fundred Dollar Bill Project. After graduating, she moved back to Costa Rica and taught English in San José and briefly in Cusco, Peru. Amanda is currently pursing a Master’s Degree in Environment, Development and Peace at the University for Peace.

Klaus Bosselmann

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Klaus Bosselmann (Germany/New Zealand), Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. Has been teaching in the areas of public international law, European law, global environmental law and governance, and environmental constitutionalism. His research focus is on conceptual, international and comparative dimensions of environmental law and governance. He is particularly interested in ecological approaches to law and governance. He is the author of The Earth Charter: a framework for global governance and Earth Governance: Trusteeship of the Global Commons among others.

Fritjof Capra

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Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to promoting ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the UK.

After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna in 1966, Capra did research in particle physics at the University of Paris (1966-68), the University of California at Santa Cruz (1968-70), the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1970), Imperial College, University of London (1971-74), and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California (1975-88). He also taught at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, Capra has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 35 years. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, and has also coauthored and coedited several other books. Capra holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Plymouth and is the recipient of many other awards, including the Gold Medal of the UK Systems Society, the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, the Leonardo da Vinci Medallion of Honor from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, the Bioneers Award, the New Dimensions Broadcaster Award, and the American Book Award. He is fluent in German, English, French and Italian. Fritjof Capra lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.

Daniela Carvalho

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Daniela Carvalho (Brazil), Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Peace, and Development, postgraduate in Management of People, specialist in Adult Education and Certificate in Transactional Analysis. Since 1999, she has been active in public and private organizations, leading learning processes for personal and collective development. Works with processes of Nonviolent Communication, Collaborative Leadership, Training of Mediators and Pedagogical Mediation Process. Has led several Earth Charter workshops and courses in Brazil.

Mateo Castillo

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Mateo Castillo (Mexico), has facilitated for many years Earth Charter workshops and civil society processes of participation in the development of public policies on environment and sustainability in Mexico. Former head of the Coordinating Unity of Social Participation and Transparency in the Ministry of Environment. Professor at the University Michoacana, holds a Master’s degree in quality and competitiveness and is a biochemist in the area of pharmacology.

Peter Blaze Corcoran

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Peter Blaze Corcoran (USA), has Master´s and a Doctorate in Education from University of Maine, was Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University and Director of its Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Involved in teaching or research projects in various universities such as University of Nairobi, University of the South Pacific and Wageningen University. Leading editor of numerous publications such as “Envisioning Futures in Environmental and Sustainability Education” and “The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World”.

Sam Crowell

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Sam Crowell (USA) is a professor emeritus of education at California State University San Bernardino and former director at the Center for Research in Integrative Learning and Teaching. He has been an elementary teacher, a principal, and an administrator. Co-Author of Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation and Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation.

Manila De Iuliis

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Manila De Iuliis is General Manager Italy for World of Walas. She graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence, Italy, and she got a Ph.D. in Construction and Property Management at the University of Salford, UK. She is a member of CIB – International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and a member of INU – Italian Institute for Urban Planning. Sustainable Development in urban contexts with a focus on the role of Time in decision-making processes are the main fields of interest in her daily research and working activity. Dr. De Iuliis lives in Italy.

Lorna Down

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Lorna Down (Jamaica), has lectured in the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona. She has published widely in the areas of Education for Sustainable Development, Literature and Teacher Education and has also co-authored a number of language textbooks. Her research focus is Teacher Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Literature.

Mark Hathaway

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Mark Hathaway (Canada), is an author, educator, and researcher with experience in both Canada and Latin America. He is the principal author (along with Leonardo Boff) of The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Orbis, 2009) which integrates perspectives from economics, ecology, social justice, spirituality, and post-modern cosmology. Mark is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo where he is studying transformative ecological learning in the practice of permaculture. Mark is also a sessional lecturer in the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto, a visiting professor at several Latin American universities, and a facilitator in the Earth Charter’s education programs. His doctoral research explored the cultivation of ecological wisdom – along with the intersections between transformative learning, worldviews, ecopsychology, and engagement for sustainability – by examining the significant life experiences of 24 environmental educators and activists.

Rose Marie Inojosa

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Rose Marie Inojosa (Brazil), MSc in Communication Sciences and PHD in Public Health, both from University of Sao Paulo. Specialist in planning and management. Former Director of the Open University of the Environment and Culture of Peace (UMAPAZ), in São Paulo, Brazil. Coordinator of the training program of Urban Socio-environmental Agents. Has articles published in books and scientific journals on transdisciplinarity, public management, health promotion, culture of peace and environmental education and for Sustainable Development.

Alicia Jimenez

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Alicia Jimenez (Costa Rica), currently works at ECI Secretariat and has been working in conservation and environmental governance since 1998. She is a biologist (University of Costa Rica) and holds a Master in Science degree on Resource Development from Michigan State University, and currently is PhD Candidate (La Salle University).

Waverli Maia Matarazzo-Neuberger

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Biologist with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, all from the University of São Paulo and with specializations in Education for Sustainability from Schumacher College, in Cultural Biology from Escuela Matriztica de Santiago de Humberto Maturana and Master in Theory U from the Presencing Institute by Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge. As a full professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo, she was responsible for creating and coordinating the Environmental Center and Agency, the Sustainability Center, the on-site Environmental Management course and distance learning and the Sustainable Methodist Program, Integral Institutional Approach based on the Earth Charter, which she inserted sustainability across operations and 53 undergraduate courses at the University. She was the Environment Secretary of Santo André (1993-1996), having founded the first Environmental Education school in the ABC Paulista. She has numerous national and international publications and was a member of MEC Advisory Committees and organizer of the ODS Universities Network. She is an Advisorof Earth Charter International, Brazilian Delegate for the Earth Stories Collection and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Sustainability Line of the Specialized Master’s Program for Competitiveness Management at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV / EAESP).

Rosalyn McKeown

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Dr. Rosalyn McKeown (USA) is Coordinator for the Online Global Forum on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for Teacher Educators. She is an ESD advisor for Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She served for three years as a Programme Specialist in the ESD Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and has over 60 publications of which 25+ are in peer-reviewed journals. Rosalyn earned B.A. in geography from the University of California – Los Angeles, an M.S. in teacher education from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon. Rosalyn is the primary author of the Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit. She primarily taught teacher-preparation courses and was a high school teacher.

Cristina Moreno

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Cristina Moreno (Brazil), has 34 years of experience working in the private sector and of teaching at the Polytechnic Institute of the Catholic University of Minas Gerais and the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has offered several Earth Charter and Sustainability workshops and is currently a consultant for companies focused on strategic management for sustainability, including organizational change processes. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Minas Gerais and a post-graduate degree in Thermal Engineering and Economic Engineering.

Herman Mulder

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Herman Mulder (The Netherlands), is an institutional adviser, speaker, lecturer and author on sustainable finance issues. He is most notable for being an advocate, expert in international law and has been attributed to be a key player in the development of corporate responsibility, impact investment and the ESG integration.[1] Mulder is most notable for the initiation of the Equator Principles.

Anupam Saraph

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Systems thinker, future designer, and scientist. Professor of Sustainability and Governance of Complex Systems at universities in Asia, Europe and the United States. Anupam Saraph also serves on the boards of Public and Private Sector companies and NGOs. He established the actor-based understanding of systems laying the foundation of the practice of change research and future design, as a means to create symbiotic, sustainable, anti-fragile, and resilient systems.

His research for the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in 1993-94, gave rise to actor based modelling that models the interaction of individual actors in a system, allowing them to recognize the consequences of their actions and search for interventions that accomplish the common purposes of their systems. Since then, he has been applying actor-based understanding of systems and the principles of governance of complex systems to design legislation, policy, strategy, and business models.

He works with leaders, and mentors’ teams, to help them to identify their systems, recognize the common purposes of its actors, and accomplish their toughest shared challenge – their mission. Professor Saraph, holds a Ph.D. on Designing and exploring sustainable systems, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, and B.Sc. in Zoology, Pune University

María de los Ángeles Vilches-Norat

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María de los Ángeles Vilches-Norat (Puerto Rico), Professor, Department of Humanities, Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. She offers courses on Culture, Environment Education, Environment Communication. Offers teacher training workshops in the areas of ecopedagogy, values education and learning communities.

Irma Verhoeven

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is an educator and communicator. Her purpose lies in working towards a just, sustainable, peaceful and ethical society. She works towards this vision by developing educational materials that create awareness of the effects of the Anthropocene and inspire people and communities to implement regenerative sustainable solutions. As a co-founder of World of Walas, she has been closely involved in developing a Walas Method for Urban Sustainable Development based on the principles of the Earth Charter. Irma works as Programme Developer for Earth Charter International and World of Walas.

Mirian Vilela

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Mirian Vilela (Brazil), is the executive director of Earth Charter International and the EC Education Center and coordinates the UNESCO Chair on ESD with the Earth Charter. She has been involved in the initiative since early 1996 and has coordinated its international process of consultation, as well as set up partnerships with organizations and individuals worldwide. Over the years she has offered numerous courses and workshops on Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development. She has a Master´s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a PhD in Education from La Salle University of Costa Rica.

Virtual library

Browse the EC Virtual Library to access documents that will help you implement the Earth Charter.
Resources can be found in the following categories:

– A Guide to Earth Charter
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