Markus Kröger

Associate professor, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Barry Gills

Professor, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Teivo Teivainen

Professor, World Politics - University of Helsinki

Anja Nygren

Professor, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Eija Ranta

Professor, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Paola Minoia

Adjunct Professor, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Aili Pyhälä

Lecturer, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Franklin Obeng-Odoom

Associate Professor, Development Studies and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) - University of Helsinki

Timo Kaartinen

Professor, Social and Cultural Anthropology - University of Helsinki

Pirjo Virtanen

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies - University of Helsinki

Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes

Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics Department of Management and Organisation, Dr.Sc. (Econ.) 

Sophia Hagolani-Albov 

Doctoral student, Agricultural Sciences - University of Helsinki

Saana Hokkanen

Research Assistant, Development Studies - University of Helsinki

Ossi Ollinaho

Post-doctoral researcher, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) - University of Helsinki

Maija Lassila

Doctoral student, Social and Cultural Anthropology - University of Helsinki

Christopher Chagnon

Doctoral student, Development studies - University of Helsinki

Özlem Celik

Post-doctoral researcher, Development Studies and Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (URBARIA)

Janne Salovaara

Doctoral student, DENVI Doctoral program - University of Helsinki



EXALT is a network of scholars, activists and policymakers. Our greatest strength is the organisations and people we cooperate with. Below you can find a list of our partners. The list will be updated shortly, to reflect more up to date situation. 


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Link to Finnish Society for Development Research' website

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Link to Perangua's website

Discipline of Development Studies, University of Helsinki

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World-Ecology Research Network - Link to their page


Link to Common Alternatives' website 

EXALT Reading is a curated list of open access, topical and critical literature on Extractivism, Global Crises, Alternatives, Sustainability, Degrowth, Solidarity, Commons and everything in between! The pieces are posted biweekly on EXALT's Facebook-page and updated here regurarly. 

  1. Alternatives in a World of Crisis - the Global Working Group Beyond Development [edited by Miriam Lang, Claus-Dieter König and Ada-Charlotte Regelmann]

    "This book is a result of collective effort, written by many contributors from all over the world – by activists and scholars from very different socio-cultural contexts and political horizons. The collected texts share a common concern in showing that alternatives do exist, despite the neoliberal mantra of the “end of history”, and that many of these
    alternatives are currently unfolding.

    The selection of texts portray transformative processes around the world, which have been able to change their situated social realities in multiple ways, addressing different axes of domination simultaneously, and anticipating forms of social organization that configure alternatives to the commodifying, patriarchal, colonial, and destructive logics of modern capitalism."

  2. Basic Income (an idea whose time has come) - Rutger Bregman from his book "Utopia for Realists"

    As the Covid-19 pandemic is uncovering the inherent problems of our current world-system, old ideas such as universal basic income are gaining new momentum. Extractivism being a crucial part of consumer capitalism, this book chapter might give you some ideas how basic income would relate to extractivist practices?

    "Every milestone of civilisation - from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy - was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income can become reality in our lifetime."

  3. Deforestation, cattle capitalism and neodevelopmentalism in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, Brazil - Journal article by Associate Professor Markus Kröger

    Extractivism being a concept of our time, deforestation is one of its most alarming manifestations. In his article Associate Professor Kröger discusses the relations between the agents of cattle capitalism, neodevelopmentalism and contemporary deforestation in Brazil.

  4. Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine's collection of Ecopoems and articles on Ecopoetry

    Ecopoetry can offer us alternative ways of being and knowing the world around and within us, potentially offering more sustainable sense-making and pathways for post-extractivist futures.

  5. Vivir Bien as an Alternative to Neoliberal Globalization: Can Indigenous Terminologies Decolonize the State? - Dr. Eija Ranta

    The book is a part of a series called "Rethinking Globalizations", designed to break new ground in the literature on globalization and its academic and popular understanding. Ranta explores critical and political alternatives in the Global South and the opportunities and challenges they might present in decolonizing a modern, hierarchical and global nation-state.

  6. Introduction chapter for Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism - edited by Jason W. Moore

    In the book Moore introduces and discusses series of provocative essays on nature and power, humanity, and capitalism, which challenge the conventional practice of dividing historical change and contemporary reality into “Nature” and “Society". The text also presents us with the problems of Anthropocene-thinking and proposes an alternative analysis that the global crises of the twenty-first century are rooted in the Capitalocene, the Age of Capital, rather than in humanity itself. The book aims to offer a more nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at every step with and within the biosphere.

  7. Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era - Federico Demaria, Giorgos Kallis and Giacomo D'Alisa

    The book is an overview of degrowth and it offers a comprehensive coverage of the main topics and major challenges of degrowth in a succinct, simple and accessible manner. In addition, it offers a set of keywords useful for intervening in current political debates and for bringing about concrete degrowth-inspired proposals at different levels, local, national and global.

  8. Activism mobilising science - Marta Conde

    The article introduces a concept of the same name and sheds light to the process of unequal power relations related to the co-production of scientific and local knowledge. In the article, Conde argues that laypeople together with scientists can co-produce new and alternative knowledges that give local organisations visibility and legitimacy, information on how to protect themselves from impacts of extractivist practices, and allows them to engage in activism.

  9. Stopping the Machines of Socio-ecological Destruction and Building Alternative Worlds - Global Working Group Beyond Development

    The book represents a collective effort to understand the historical moment our world is living through, its patterns of domination and the tendencies, prospects, and challenges of a multidimensional transformation. It is also a call for social transformation, which needs to address the complex relations between class, race, coloniality, gender, and Nature.

  10. Compiled list of Antiracism Resources by activists Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

    Racism is among other things a question of cheapening lives and rendering them available for oppression and appropriation. In the current world-system, which is built on the extracted labor and resources of people often marginalized by their race, being non-racist is not enough, we have to be anti-racist. Unlearn, revolt, and show up in the face of injustice.

  11. From well-being to well-living: Towards a post-capitalist understanding of quality of life - Professor Hamed Hosseini

    This ten-minute-read discusses how well-being is understood in different contexts and how the discussion has the potential to make way for post-capitalist transformations towards convivial ways to live and be well.

  12. Public Policies for Food Sovereignty - Transnational Institute, TNI 

    This collaborative piece of writing published by the Transnational Institute offers local, regional, national and global policy-makers tools to leverage public policies in support of food sovereignty. The paper discusses some of the key elements for the design and implementation of policies and actions in defense of people's right to define their own food system and to develop alternative policies on how food is produced, distributed and consumed.

  13. David Wallace-Wells' article "The Uninhabitable World" 

    The article is a synthesis of the book by the same name, which tackles the current path our world is on due to the climate-breakdown. It is also one of the most-read article's in history of the New York Magazine and features a link to an annotated version, to give readers some context on how the article was reported and further sources for the information. "Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think. -- It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today."

  14. Zareen Bharucha - Dreaming spaces

    The essay written by Zareen Bharucha, a Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University, is a reflection on environmental ethics, of knitting oneself within the rest of nature. Dr. Bharucha explores what it means to work (with) land, to garden, and to realize that there is no nothing if we look and be long enough. “Everywhere is filled with the dream of what could grow, slowly coming true”

  15. Herman Daly - Growthism: Its Ecological, Economic and Ethical limits

    In this essay Daly tackles one of the most dominant imaginaries at play in our globalized world; "The elite-owned media, the corporate-funded think tanks, the kept economists of high academia, and the World Bank – not to mention Goldman-Sachs and Wall Street – all sing hymns to growth in harmony with class interest and greed. The public is bamboozled by technical obfuscation, and by the false promise of growthism that one day we will all be rich."

  16. Joan Martinez-Alier et al. - Between Activism and Science: grassroots concepts for sustainability

    The article discusses myriad of grassroots concepts around sustainability and shows how environmental justice organizations and activists have introduced fresh concepts into political ecology, then taken up by academics and policy makers. These concepts include environmental justice, environmental racism, climate justice, biopiracy, food sovereignty, land grabbing, corporate accountability, ecocide, and indigenous territorial rights, among others.