Gustavo Esteva

Doctor in Laws Honoris Causa, University of Vermont
B.A. in Industrial Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana

Senior Practitioner Faculty
Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
International Policy and Management

Gustavo Esteva is widely recognized as one of Mexico's leading independent thinkers and authors. He is an active voice in what he terms the "deprofessionalized" segment of public intellectuals in Latin America. Esteva has been a central figure in a wide range of Mexican, Latin American, and international nongovernmental organizations and solidarity networks, including the alternative, community-based organization Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca, which he founded and coordinates. In 1996, he was an advisor to the Zapatistas (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) in their negotiations with the Mexican government on the San Andrés Accords, and he is a strong advocate of Zapatismo. In 2006, he took part in the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).

Esteva is one of the best-known advocates of post-development theory and practice, a strong advocate for active nonviolence, and a proponent of radical pluralism and community-based action, for the reorganization of society from the bottom up. A prolific writer, he is the author of more than 30 books, published in seven languages, including Economy and Alienation. He also co-authored Grassroots Post-Modernism with Madhu Suri Prakash. He has written hundreds of essays, such as "The Oaxaca Commune and Mexico's Autonomous Movement".  He is a regular contributor to Mexico's leading daily, La Jornada.

Esteva has received numerous academic honors, including an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) in law from the University of Vermont as well Mexico's National Award for Political Economy and National Award for Journalism. He has served as president of the Mexican Society of Planning and the 5th World Congress on Rural Sociology, as well as interim president for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

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