José Miguel Calderon
José Miguel Calderon Co-founder of TAE Peru/ Barcelona Institute. Director of the PhD program in Expressive Arts of the European Graduate School, Switzerland. His doctoral dissertation was titled Tinkuy: the encounter between Expressive Arts Therapy and Peruvian Imaginary. He has received a master’s degree in theoretical psychoanalytic studies at University College London. Degree in clinical psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Therapist and expressive arts supervisor. Founder Member of the Peruvian Society of Expressive Arts. He has led several community projects. His interest is focused on Arts Based Research and on the exploration of movement and creative writing. Co editor oft he book „Pain and Beauty: images from expressive arts“.
Dr Stephan Harding
Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953. His doctorate at Oxford was on the behavioural
ecology of the muntjac deer. After teaching conservation biology at the National
University of Costa Rica, he became a founder member of Schumacher College. Here he
met James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and
scientific collaboration that lead to their joint appointment as founding chair holders of
the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.
Stephan is author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia Green His latest book,
Gaia Alchemy, will be published this year by Bear and Co.
Kirsi Pauliina Kallio
Kirsi Pauliina Kallio is professor of environmental pedagogy at the Tampere University. Her expertise lies in political subject formation and spatial socialization, lived citizenship, and transnational and translocal perspectives. She is also involved in scientific communication in the society (see Versus). Dr. Kallio emphasizes the importance of intergenerational learning, non-status-based citizenship, and collaboration between citizens and public and private actors in developing responsive attitudes and activities to complex environmental challenges related to climate change and biodiversity loss. Shared responsibility in local, national, regional and global scales is increasing needed in the creation of new approaches to concrete issues, such as climate mobility that will be ever more present in Finland and the EU as environmental transformations in certain areas force people to leave their homes and seek livelihood and safety elsewhere. Sustainable cities, or city-regions, may be among key actors in responding to such challenges. By developing and implementing environmental pedagogy that makes these kinds of broad and complex phenomena conceivable to citizens, professionals, policy makers and the media, Finnish cities can show the way forward on the Roadmap that details the Learning Objectives of Education for SDGs.
Sami Keto is a PhD candidate in the Doctoral Programme of Education and Society in Tampere University, Finland. Originally trained as an ecologist (MSc), he is interested in how the relationship between human and other life forms can be addressed in the educational context. Together with Raisa Foster, he has developed the ecosocialization model, a more-than-human extension to the understanding of the socialization process. He is also an educator and an author of non-fiction books.
Grace is a philosopher working in the community and in academia. In the former, she is theFounder of Thinking Space, a non-profit that creates opportunities for people to talk andthink together about the issues that matter most to them. She is also a teacher-trainer withSAPERE, an associate of The Philosophy Foundation and a board member of the Europeannetwork SOPHIA. She has recently coedited an international handbook on CommunityPhilosophy which was published by Bloomsbury in 2020. In the latter, she is currentlystudying for a PhD in Philosophy of Education at Institute of Education, University CollegeLondon. She is also Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds where she leads a projectthat brings together philosophy students, teachers and children in weekly philosophicalenquiry.She lives in Sheffield in the UK with her husband and two young sons.
PANU PIHKALA is a researcher and author who specializes in the relationship between environmental issues and the human mind. He received the 2018 Education Award for his work as a handler of the phenomenon of environmental anxiety. He works in multidisciplinary environmental research at the University of Helsinki and is involved in environmental work in many ways.Pihkala is also known as a developer of Christian environmental education. He has also previously published texts on environmental theology (e.g. Nature and the Bible), short stories (I will tell you story 3) and upbringing through the Children’s Center and the Bookstore.
Marju Markkanen has worked in a field of education as a teacher and principal over 20 years. Wehave to take care of our children and give them the right tools in order to cope in the future world.Our task is to help them find the lifelong motivation to learn and lead happy and healthy lives in asustainable way. Currently Marju works as an executieve director at Kaarisilta Art and Activity centre and aVocational School for students with special needs.Marju is a member of City Council and the chairperson of the Board of Sports and Culture in thecity of Lahti. She believes that investing on education, sports, culture and well-being is money wellspent. Healthy and content citizens create a hearty city.
Taina de Carvalho
Taina de Carvalho is a French-Finnish artist, art therapist and educator based in Finland. She works at Painovoima association as a cultural producer and teaches art therapy at Lahti Academy of liberal and fine arts. Her work consists in exploring the possibilities of the arts for personal and societal change. She uses a multimodal and multisensory approach for research and as a mean to explore our way of being-in-this-world-. In 2012, she developed an art-based eco-social pedagogy, used since in Finnish school curriculum. Her innovative model enables the premise of a new ontology to confront eco-social crisis.