Us, our allies and referents

Common Ecologies is

…a platform for movement learning. We organize courses, discussions, encounters, co-learning processes and programmes, and make podcasts. We work with people, groups and organizations that struggle (or want to struggle) for socio-ecological transformation and justice. Our work is based out of different locations in Europe (mostly Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK at the moment), linking to a network of allies, collaborators and referents in different places (mostly Europe and Latin and North America, our various places of origin). It matters to us that our work is situated and that we share common spaces of embodied encounter close to where we live, but we’re avid internationalists and mobile/migrant subjects who carry a great desire to translate – between geographical contexts as well as spheres of thinking, living and struggle. We work mostly in English but put a lot of energy into translating useful knowledges between different languages and contexts, often into English. We understand ecology as a common terrain of struggle, shared across a myriad communities and movements. We want to foster common notions, perspectives and infrastructures, without reducing difference. We also understand our work as being about movement ecologies, about cultures of care and justice that always think the environmental and the social together. We started in 2020 and have since been growing and evolving, in an open-ended process that will lead us down many experimental paths and collective processes, with our aim being to find sustainable forms of working and learning without turning into an NGO.

Who we are

Common Ecologies is built of a core team that sustains our infrastructure as well as plans and coordinates our activities; and of acompañantes as people who accompany us in specific strands or processes. Some people shift between being in the core team and being acompañantes, from time to time. We’re currently expanding our core team and will be updating the website with more biographies soon.

Core team:

Manuela Zechner – Manu (she/her) is a researcher and facilitator focused on the intersections of feminism, ecology, micropolitics and institutional transformation. Manu facilitates workshops, collective research and experimental education processes – across movements, cultural spaces, schools and the university. She recently published ‘Commoning Care&Collective Power’ (transversal texts), co-produces the Earthcare Fieldcast, and is building a Future Archive since 2005.

Bue Rübner Hansen – Bue (he/him) is a researcher, teacher and theorist interested in questions of ecology, social reproduction, and movement tactics and strategies. He occasionally serves as a strategic advisor, and loves to develop and teach concepts and mapping tools that can enhance people’s own capacities to analyze situations and think strategically. Bue is a part of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine. 

Adriana Eysler – Adriana (she/her) is a teacher and movement participant/organiser in renters and cultural and university worker struggles in the UK.

Michel Jungwirth – Michel (he/him) is a Berlin-based activist and organizer in antiracist and municipalist movements and occasional facilitator as part of the Werkstatt für Bewegungsbildung.

Laura Mendoza Sandoval – Laura (she/her) is a plant lover, amateur cook & (de)formed anthropologist born and raised 2.600mt closer to the skies in Bogotá. Currently based in Florence, writes a dissertation about prefigurative politics of agroecology in Andalusia.

Nadine Gerner – Nadine (she/her) is an ecofeminist activist, writer and organizer engaged in the movement for socialization/communization in Germany (Vergesellschaftung), and just wrote a primer on Ecofeminist struggles together with Lina Hansen.

Jana Ahlers – Jana (she/her) is a Berlin-based grassroots activist, organizer and facilitator, dedicated to creating translocal transformative learning spaces to strategize for system change.

Maria Borràs Escayola – Maria (she/her) is an ecofeminist researcher and activist working on how to walk the transition, convinced that degrowth and collective action will be key to create strong communities. AND :: I’m an enthusiast! I am convinced that collective action and the creation of community is what will support us in the future, as it has been for centuries.

Lea Loretta Zentgraf – Lea (she/her) is a Berlin-based activist-researcher working with food movements on socio-ecological tranformation(s) of the food regime in Germany and Brasil. Currently doing her PhD in the project Food for Justice (Heidelberg University) and co-producing knowledge(s) and practices with/in the Berlin Food Council.

Max Haiven – Max (he/him) is a writer and teacher and Canada Research Chair in the Radical Imagination. He writes books (most recently ‘Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire’) and is editor of VAGABONDS, a series of short, radical books from Pluto Press. He teaches at Lakehead University in Canada, where he directs the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).

Daniel Gutiérrez – Daniel (he/him) is a movement researcher and ver.di union organizer, focused on the problem of workers’ organization, power, and strategy. In the US, he was head steward of UAW Local 2865, and since moving to Berlin in 2015, he has been involved in Solidarity City Berlin and Deutsche Wohnen & Co. Enteignen. Along with Antje Dieterich, he is an organizing trainer at the Werkstatt für Bewegungsbildung and a co-host of Spadework podcast.

Sarah Gorenflos – Sarah (she/her) is a trained veg grower and sociologist. She’s engaged in agroecological movements, with a special interest in workers’ situations.

Lina Hansen – Lina Hansen (she/her) is an author, (conference)organizer, garden lover, sociologist and does her phd on ecofeminist solidarity, publishing a primer on Ecofeminism for the German speaking world, together with Nadine Gerner.

Mariana Calcagni – Mariana (she/her) is an environmental sociologist and activist researcher in socioecological transitions and feminisms. Currently doing a PhD in Sociology (Freie Universität Berlin), working with peasant organizations and food sovereignty in Chile and Germany. She is co-founder of the Chilean CASA – Centro de Análisis Socioambiental – currently based in Germany. CASA – Centro de Análisis Socioambiental – currently based in Germany.

Current acompañantes:

Joris Leverink, Nelly Alfandari, Maggie Schmitt, Antje Dieterich, and others (to be updated)

Our advisors

(list in progress)

Katharine Ainger, Port Bou
Rosalie Arendt, Berlin
Valery Alzaga, London
Camille Barbagallo, Essex
Stefania Barca, Santiago de Compostela
Kylie Benton-Connell, Sydney
Nic Beuret, Essex
Kevin Buckland, Barcelona
Uli Brand, Vienna
Carlos Delclos, Barcelona
Melissa Garcia-Lamarca, Barcelona
Andrea Ghelfi, Florence
Christos Giovannopoulos, Athens
Janna Graham, Leicester/London
Amarata Herrero, Barcelona
Panagiota Kotsila, Barcelona
Lis Mason-Deese, US
Tomislav Medak, Zagreb
Keir Milburn, Leeds
Jason W. Moore, Binghamton, US
Rodrigo Nunes, Rio de Janeiro
Dimitris Papadopoulos, Nottingham
Nora Räthzel, Umeå/Catalonia
Isabelle Saint-Saëns, Paris
Sarah Schilliger, Bern
Attila Szocs, Cluj

Illustrations on this website by the amazing Amanda Priebe <3

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