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Education & Research Coordinator at the Global Ecovillage Network, works as an international trainer and consultant in the fields of sustainability, social innovations and community life. Ecovillage researcher, Taisa is the author of the book Ecovilas: a construção de uma cultura regenerativa, holds a masters degree in Communities and Social Ecology, and is also a Professor at the Post-Graduate Program on Pedagogy of Cooperation and Social Methodologies (UNIP/Projeto Cooperação) in Rio and São Paulo. She has coordinated and taught Gaia Education and UNESCO certified Ecovillage Design Education Programmes globally since 2009. Board member of the International Communal Studies Association, Taisa is the co-founder of Terra Una Ecovillage (MG-Brazil) and also contributed, for several years, to Transition (Towns) Initiatives in Rio.
Anne-Kathrin Schwab is a sociologist and researches in the field of ecological and sustainable lifestyles. Her PhD was an ethnographic analysis of an ecovillage in Germany. She wrote about power structures, decision making processes, emotional deliberative democracy and in how far an ecovillage provides advantages for the region in which it is settled. She lives in a small village in Bavaria (Germany) and works as a research assistant at the University of Vechta in the Department of Economy of Sustainability and in several research projects. She also supports GEN and ECOLISE in different projects. Her passion, besides ecovillages and sustainable communities, are icelandic horses and her 5 year old son Jaron.
Rebeca Roysen holds a PhD in Sustainable Development and an MSc in Social Psychology. She is a Volunteer Lecturer at the Centre for Advanced Studies of Cerrado at the University of Brasilia (Centro UnB Cerrado – CER/UnB). She lives with her daughter in the Aratikum ecovillage at Instituto Biorregional do Cerrado (IBC) since 2016 and is the Coordinator of IBC’s pedagogical eco-centre. Her research interests are: sustainability transitions, social practice theories, ecovillages and other grassroots innovations, higher education and transdisciplinarity. You can find her articles at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebeca_Roysen and her books at https://www.amazon.com/author/rebecaroysen.
Iris Kunze holds a PhD. in geography and sociology. She has co-developed the field of ecovillage research since 2002. Iris is an expert on social movements, transformative social innovation and sustainable ways of living. She has researched and taught at the University of Münster, the Center for Global Change and Sustainability (GWN) at BOKU University, the Institute for Integral Studies and the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development. For Publications and information visit: http://www.community-research.eu