Federico Demaria

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Federico Demaria is an economist working on ecological economics, political ecology and waste policy. He obtained a full scholarship and an IB certificate in the United World College of the Adriatic in 2003. Afterwards he was trained as an economist in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna (Italy). In 2006 he spent one year working with Professor Alain Caille at the University of Nanterre (Paris X) on anti-utilitarianism in social sciences. He then wrote a final essay titled ‘Happiness and Economics: the importance of social relations’ with Professor Mauro Bonaiuti. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies (Ecological Economics) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently he is a PhD student working on waste and environmental justice. He is a member of the ‘Ecological economics and Integrated Assesment Unit’ at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology. He has studied cost-shifting, in particular toxic waste dumping (Case study: shipbreaking in Alang – India). He is now working on wastepickers, both in the South and North. Current research focuses on the (unequal) distribution of benefits and burdens linked with social metabolism processes.

Since 2006 he has been part of the degrowth movement and debate, first with the Italian Association for Degrowth and then as a co-founder of R&D Spain.

Research Interests: waste, environmental justice, accumulation by contamination, degrowth.

Selected publications:

Demaria, F., Schneider, F., Sekulova, F., Martinez-Alier, J. (2013). What is degrowth? From an activist slogan to a social movement. Environmental Values 22 (2): 191-215. Special issue on degrowth download pdf

D’Alisa, G., Demaria, F., Cattaneo, C. (2013). Civil and Uncivil Actors for a Degrowth Society. Journal of Civil Society 9 (2): 212-224. Special Issue ‘Citizens vs. Markets: How Civil Society is Rethinking the Economy in a Time of Crises’ download pdf

Schindler, S., Demaria, F., Bhushan, S. (2012). Delhi Waste Conflict. Economic and Political Weekly XLVII: 42, pp. 18-21.

Demaria, F., Schneider, F., Calsamiglia, A., Blanco, L., Domeneghini, D., (2011). Degrowth in Sudeuropa: Komplementaritat in der Vielfalt (Degrowth: complementarity in diversity). VSA-Verlag, Hamburg (Germany), pp. 161-172. [Book promoted by Attac Germany for a conference on post-growth and degrowth, Berlin 20-22 May 2011. Link: Jenseits des Wachstums. – download english version in pdf

Schneider, F., Demaria, F., (2011). Decreixement sostenible: complementarietat en la diversitat. In: Decreixement economic: nous arguments sobre els limits del creixement. Revista Nous Horitzons. N.202, Any 50, pp. D44-D50. – download pdf

Demaria, F. (2010). Shipbreaking at Alang-Sosiya (India): an ecological distribution distribution conflict. Ecological economics.- download pdf

Demaria, F., D’Alisa, G. (2013) Accumulation by contamination. EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade) Glossary.
Available online at: http://www.ejolt.org/section/resources/glossary/

Demaria, F., D’Alisa, G. (2013). Le nuove frontiere dell’accumulazione capitalistica. Rifiuti e lotte ambientali in India. Zapruder, Storie in movimento.

Demaria, F., D’Alisa, G. (2012). Industrialización de la gestión de los residuos en Delhi (India): ¿cual es el futuro de los recicladores? Ecologia Politica 43, pp. 37-46.

Selected media articles

Cotarelo, P., Demaria, F. (2013). Una salida de la crisis: el Decrecimiento. Alternativas economicas

Demaria, F., Cerrillo, A. (2012) Diccionario de la cultura verde. Culturas, La Vanguardia. 30 de Mayo, p. 2-5.

Schneider, F., Demaria, F., Puddu, S., Lleira, O. (2010). Els camins del Decreixement. Setmanari DIRECTA 195 (Quaderns d’Illacrua). 8 de Setembre de 2010. – download pdf

Demaria, F. (2010). De-crisi da scienza post-normale. Quotidiano Greenreport. 22 Marzo 2010.

Demaria, F., (2010). L’arcipelago della decrescita. Carta. 30 Aprile 2010.

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