Participation in the ‘Commons in Space’ Conference: “As Above, So Below”

On February 26, CEI-Iscte researcher Ana Margarida Esteves participated in the conference “Commons in Space” organized by IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons).

This participation was in collaboration with colleagues from the SEADS (Space Ecologies Art and Design) network, which resulted in a presentation entitled: “As Above, So Below” – Promoting reciprocal learning and shared innovation on common-pool resource management between “living laboratories” for sustainable human settlements on Earth and in Space

About the presentation

The main purpose of the presentation was to identify possibilities for reciprocal learning and collaboration on common-pool resource management between two types of “living laboratories” promoting experiential research on sustainable human settlements: ecovillages and outer life support research for space. The authors’ work was the result of a review of two outputs: one produced by the Global Ecovillage Network and its members; and the other from three selected space research projects (MELiSSA, which focuses on the development of regenerative life support systems; HI-SEAS, geared towards socio-psychological sustainability; and Biosphere 2, which aimed to combine both dimensions).

According to the authors, the relevance of this comparative exercise comes from the fact that both ecovillages and life support research for space inquire into how to create conditions for the sustenance of human and non-human life in adverse environments: disrupted terrestrial ecosystems and the life-threatening conditions of outer space.

Authors of the presentation
  • Ana Margarida Esteves, CEI-Iscte (Portugal)
  • Angelo Vermeulen, SEADS Network, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands)
  • Mona Nasser, SEADS Network, University of Plymouth (UK)
  • Diego S. Maranan, SEADS Network, University of the Philippines Open University (Philippines)
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Ana Margarida Esteves

Researcher at CEI-IUL. PhD in Sociology (Brown University); held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies (New Orleans). Research interests: Social and Solidarity Economy, popular education, community-based finance, participatory action research, alternative food systems, local development, and direct and participatory democracy, as well as on how to integrate “specialist” and “lay” knowledge in academic and activist research.

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