About Us

Global University for Sustainability

In response to our crisis-ridden epoch, the initiative of Global University for Sustainability (Global U) supports the proliferation of autonomous and self-managing local bodies and their interdependent networking for ecological and socio-economic sustainability with justice. Global U will constitute itself as an experimental forum for alternative practices in the production, dissemination and use of knowledge, making possible different modes of relating to one another and to nature other than what is confined by prevailing dominating institutions and practices. Global U will seek to transcend the commodification of knowledge driven by capitalist mechanisms that shape possessive individualistic selves. It hopes to bring together old and new generations of committed people working for ecological justice and socio-economic justice to articulate knowledge produced by experiences in the field, common reflections, and in particular, the wisdoms of the elders, the women, and the communities that defend their commons and rights. It hopes to help cross-fertilize initiatives practiced by organizations and networks to foster further inter-connections, experiment with creative and equitable forms of interacting, networking, and managing the commons. Global U envisions a new sustainable humanity on earth.

Founding Members

Aida Abu-Ras Doha International Family Institute-member of Qatar Foundation, Jordan
Aleida Guevara March Allergist Pediatrician, MINSAP, Cuba
Alejandra Miller Restrepo Professor, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia
Ana Amorim Massey University, New Zealand
Andrew Aeria Professor, University of Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Anita Rampal Faculty of Education, Delhi University, India
Anuradha Chenoy Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Ariel Salleh Professor, University of Sydney; Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan U, Australia
Arindam Banerjee Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, India
Arjun Karki International Coordinator, LDC Watch, Nepal
Asha Mishr Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, India
Ashish Kothari founder, Kalpavriksh, India
Au Yeung Lai Seung Researcher, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Aylin Topal Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Aziz Salmone Fall Professor, Anthropology, McGill University, Canada
Bernard Founou Tchuigoua Research Firector, Third World Forum, Cameroon
Beverly Silver Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Carl Middleton Lecturer, MA in International Development Studies Program in the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Cecile Mukarubuga Green Village Foundation, Rwanda
Chan Ching Kiu Stephen Professor, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Chan Shun Hing Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Chantana Wungaeo Professor, Department of Government, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti Director, Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Thailand
Chen Xin Director, Institute of Youth Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Chico Whitaker Ferreira World Future Council
Chow Sze Chong farmer and lecturer, Sang Wood Goon farm, Hong Kong
Chow Yin Man Alice Fellow, ARENA; South South Forum on Sustainability, Hong Kong
Christine Menz Board Member, Peacewomen Across the Globe, Switzerland
Dai Jinhua Professor, Institute of Comparative Literature & Culture, Peking University, China
Darwis Khudori Professor, University of Le Havre, France
David Ruccio Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame, USA
Donna Haraway Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Ebrima Sall Executive Secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Eduardo Tadem Professor, Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines
Eliana Apaza President, Asociacion Aymara Suma Yapu, Peru
Eva Gills PeaceWomen Across the Globe
Farhad Mazhar Policy Research for Development Alternative, Bangaldesh
Fatoumata Maiga Chairperson, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding
Feroz Mehdi General Secretary, Alternatives International, Canada
Firoze Manji Director, Pan-African Baraza, ThoughtWorks, Kenya
Francine Mestrum Chairwoman, Global Social Justice
Francis Loh President, Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, Malaysia
Francois Houtart Professor, National High Education Institution, Belgium
Gian Delgado Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sciences and Humanities, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Gustave Massiah member of the International Council of WSF, International Collective Intellectual of Social Movements, France
Gustavo Esteva Figueroa Founder, Universidad de la Tierra, Mexico
Haiko Pieplow Dr., Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Hui Po Keung Associate Professor, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Hui Shiu Lun Fellow, ARENA; South South Forum on Sustainability, Hong Kong
Immanuel Wallerstein Senior Research Scholar, Yale University, USA
Isagani Serrano President, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Philippines
Jacques Berthelot Independent Researcher on Economics, Solidarité, ATTAC, France
Jayati Ghosh Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Joao Pedro Stedile member of National Coordination, MST; La Via Campesina International, Brazil
Johan Saravanamuttu former Dean of the Research Platform on Social Transformation at Universiti Sains Malaysia
John Erni Chair Professor in Humanities, Department Head, Department of Humanities & Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Jorge Ishizawa Coordinator, Projecto Andino de Technologias Campesinas, Peru
José Jorge Santiago member of advising committee of Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans, Civil Association; Human Rights Center Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas; Commission of Assistance Toward Community Unity and Reconciliation, Mexico
Judite Stronzake Educator, MST, La Via Campesina, Brazil
Julie Richardson Senior Lecturer, Economics, Schumacher College; Director, Schumacher Worldwide, UK
K.K. Krishna Kumar Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, India
Kamal Lahbib President, Forum Des Alternatives Maroc, Morocco
Kamla Bhasin Social Activist/Feminist, Advisor Sangat, Co-President PWAG, India
Katherine Gibson Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Kho Tung-Yi Researcher, South South Forum on Sustainability, Hong Kong
Lau Kin Chi Associate Professor, Lingnan University, Hong Kong; co-chair, ARENA
Lau Kin Ching Fellow, ARENA, Hong Kong
Lawrence Grossberg Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Le Thi Quy Professor, Institute for Gender and Development, Vietnam
Lee Jungok Professor of Sociology, Catholic University of Taeku, South Korea
Lee Seejae Professor, Sungkonghoe University, South Korea
Liu Yuanqi Associate Research Fellow, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, China
Luis Lopezllera Architect, Promoción del Desarrollo Popular, Asociación Civil, Mexico
M.P. Parameswaran Doctor, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, India
Marcos Arruda PACS, Brazil
Margo Okazawa-Rey Professor, Fielding Graduate University, USA
Maria Eugenia Santana Professor, Autonomous University of Chiapas, Mexico
Marina Pikulina Editor-in-chief, web-site: east-expert.com, Israel
Marta Harnecker Writer, Chile
Martí Olivella President, Nova-Centre for Social Innovation, Spain
Masaaki Ohashi Professor, University of the Sacred Heart; JANIC; Shapla Neer, Japan
Meaghan Morris Professor, Dept. of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, Australia; Founding Director and Fellow, Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Program, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Michael Brie Professor, Institute for Critical Social Analysis of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Michael Hudson President, The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, USA
Michel Bauwens Founder, Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives
Mireille Fanon-Mendes France Director, Frantz Fanon Foundation, France
Mushakoji Kinhide Professor, Centre for Asia Pacific Partnership, Osaka University of Economics and Law, Japan
Muto Ichiyo People’s Plan Study Group, Japan
Nuria Costa Leonardo Director, Mexican Women Network, Mexico
Ogura Toshimaru People’s Plan Study Group, Japan
Ohashi Seiko Free-lance writer, editor; Board member of People’s Plan Study Group; Alternative People’s Linkage in Asia, Japan
Olin Monteiro Director, Arts for Women, National Coordinator of PWAG, Indonesia
Pablo Gentili, Executive Secretary Professor, Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO); State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Argentina
Pablo Solon Executive Director, Focus on the Global South
Palagummi Sainath Journalist & Founding Editor, The People’s Archive of Rural India, India
Pan Jie General Secretary, Great China Institute for Sustainable Development, China
Patrick Bond Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Paulo Nakatani Professor, Department of Economics and Post-Graduate Program in Social Policy of Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
Pedro Paez Superintendence, Market Power Control, Ecuador
Pierre Beaudeat Professor, Alternatives International
Pierre George Extension Commission 2015 WSF
Qiu Jianzheng Director, Beijing Jame Yen Popular Education Centre, China
Raj Patel Professor, University of Texas, USA
Rajani Kanth Visiting Scholar, Department of English, Harvard University, USA
Renata Moreira Professor, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
Rogerio Naques Faleiros Professor and Director, Centro de Ciências Jurídicas e Econômicas, Universida de Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold Co-President, PeaceWomen Across the Globe, Switzerland
Sahling Meike Director, PeaceWomen Across the Globe
Sam Moyo Executive Director, African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Zimbabwe
Samia Zennadi Apic éditions, WFA, Algeria
Samir Amin President, World Forum for Alternatives
Sandeep Chachra South South Peoples Solidarity, Network Actionaid, India
Sima Samar PeaceWomen Across the Globe, Afghanistan
Sit Tsui, Margaret Jade Associate Professor, Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, China
Sun Heng Director, Beijing Migrant Workers Home, China
Supawadee Petrat Director, Thai Volunteer Service Foundation, Thailand
Surichai Wungaeo Director, Center for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Susan George President, Transnational Institute
Suthy Prasartset Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Tani Barlow Professor, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, USA
Teng Wei Professor, South China Normal University, China
Tian Song Professor, Beijing Normal University, China
Urvashi Butalia Direcotr, Zubaan Books, India
Ute Scheub 1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe, visionews.net, Collaborative, Germany
Vera Vieira Executive Director, Brazilian Peacewomen Association, Brazil
Victor Hugo Jijon Engineer, Commission for the Protection of Human Rights, France
Walter Mignolo Professor and Director, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University, USA
Wang Hui Professor, Tsinghua University, China
Wang Shaoguang Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Wang Xiaoming Professor, Cultural Studies/Modern Chinese Thought, Shanghai University, China
Wen Tiejun Professor, School of Agronomics & Rural Development, Renmin University of China, China
Wim Dierckxsens World Forum for Alternatives
Wong Tak Hing, Erebus Researcher, ARENA; South South Forum on Sustainability, Hong Kong
Yan Aibin Associate Professor, East China University of Science and Technology, China
Yan Xiaohui Director, Little Donkey Farm, China
Zhao Ling Coordinator, PeaceWomen Across the Globe – China Office, China
Zhou Li Professor, School of Agriculture Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University of China

China Social Services and Development Research Centre (CSD)

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)

Culture and Livelihood Programme, KFCRD, Lingnan University

Little Donkey Farm (Beijing)

PeaceWomen Across the Globe – China Office (PWAG-China)

South South Forum for Sustainability (SSFS)

Third World Forum (TWF)

World Forum for Alternatives (WFA)

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