I am a teacher, researcher, writer and mother. I have a PhD in Sustainable Development and a MSc in Social Psychology. I research about ecovillages, sustainability transitions and grassroots innovations. You can find my academic publications at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebeca_Roysen and my books at https://www.amazon.com/author/rebecaroysen. My life is dedicated to promoting transitions – in my personal life, in my community, in my research, in my political engagements and in my teachings. I’m very much inspired by the personal and collective transformation power of community and I love to share my knowledge through lectures, workshops, and writings. I live with my 10-year-old daughter in Ecoaldeia Aratikum, an ecovillage located in Instituto Biorregional do Cerrado (IBC), in Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil (https://www.biorregional.eco.br/). I am also the current coordinator at IBC's Pedagogical EcoCenter and a volunteer lecturer at University of Brasília (Centro de Estudos Avançados do Cerrado - UnB Cerrado).
Primary interests: Sustainability Transitions; Grassroots Innovations; Deep Ecology Practices; Higher Education
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Instituto Biorregional do Cerrado – IBC was created in 2012 and has three main projects: the ecovillage Ecoaldeia Aratikum, the educational center Ecocentro Pedagógico do IBC, and the creation of a preservation area (RPPN – Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural). Additionally, as an institute, we also engage in political issues of our bio-region, through participation in local councils and part … Read more
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the pedagogical tools that can enhance transdisciplinarity in higher education and stimulate sustainability transitions, based on the case study of a partnership between the University of Brasilia and an ecovillage in Brazil. Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative study was carried out, based on professors’ experience, students’ reports and registration data. Emergent themes were discussed based on the concepts of sustainability transitions, … Read more
On October 11, 2018, thirteen undergraduate students from University of Brasilia visited Instituto Biorregional do Cerrado (IBC) for a day of activities. The students are attending “Interdisciplinary Studies of Cerrado” and came from varied courses: biology, economy, psychology, environmental sciences, and chemistry, among others. They were all very excited with the experience. It was the first time they visited an ecovillage. In the morning, they learned a little about the concept of … Read more