Skip to Main content

Joan Martinez-Alier

Joan Martinez-Alier is a senior researcher in the Environmental Science and Technology Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). He is also professor emeritus at FLACSO, Quito. He has edited the journal Ecología Política in Barcelona since 1990. His publications are numerous and in English include: Labourers and Landowners in Southern Spain (London, 1971), Haciendas, Plantations and Collective Farms (Cuba and Peru) (London 1977), Ecological economics: energy, environment and society (Oxford, 1987); Varieties of environmentalism: Essays North and South (London, 1997), with Ramachadra Guha; and The Environmentalism of the Poor: A Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation (2003). In addition, he edited with Roldan Muradian a Handbook of Ecological Economics (2015). He contributed to the book Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era (London, 2014) and co-edited the textbook Ecological Economics from the Ground Up (2013), a product of a collaborative research project, CEECEC, 2008-2010, which was followed by the EJOLT project (2011-15), Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade involving 23 academic and activist partners ( ( He was president of the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2006 and 2007, and member of the scientific committee of the European Environment Agency between 2000 and 2008. His research focuses on ecological economics, political ecology, agrarian studies, environmental justice and the environmentalism of the poor and the indigenous. In 2016 he was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant for the project EnvJustice (A global environmental justice movement), 2016-21. The only holidays taken by Joan are in-depth toxic tours along the commodity frontiers.

Advisory Board

  • Ashish Kothari, Kalpavriksh, India
  • Ivonne Yanez, Acción Ecológica, Ecuador
  • Tatiana Roa, CENSAT, Colombia
  • Godwin Ojo, ERA, Nigeria
  • Henk Hobbelink, GRAIN, Barcelona
  • Patrick Bond, UKZN-CCS, South Africa
  • Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Anna Lora-Wainright, University of Oxford, UK
  • Leah Temper, ICTA-UAB, Spain
  • Paul Mohai, University of Michigan, USA
  • Rutgerd Boelens, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Begum Özkaynak, Bogaziçi University, Turkey

Ethics Advisor

  • Prof. Catherine Larrère, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, France