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Speaker: Max Stoisser

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I have studied the Master in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy in Vienna and I am currently finishing my Master thesis on participatory democracy in Barcelona. Due to my background in Development Studies and Environment and Resources Management and various academic and practical experiences in the last years, I feel very much connected to topics around degrowth and alternatives to development. My research interests comprise the field of political ecology and particularly the intersections between development, inequality, migration, environmental justice, governance and democracy.

I completed my Bachelor studies in International Development at University of Vienna and Environment and Resource Management at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, and I spent one exchange semester at Université Paris Diderot and several months traveling in Latin America. I then continued with a Master in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at Vienna University for Business and Economics. Currently based in Barcelona, I am finishing my Master thesis that explores the topic of participatory democracy in the context of multi-level governance, decentralization and social movements. Due to my studies and various activities during the last years, I feel very much connected to topics and debates around degrowth and alternatives to development, be it at the academic, practical or personal level. I have participated in seminars and reading groups and I have been engaged in various ecological and social projects while constantly reflecting on the implications of the experienced for myself and my role in the system. My research interests comprise the field of political ecology and particularly the intersections between development, inequality, migration, environmental justice, governance and democracy.