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Keynote Addresses


Michael Jahi Chappell
Senior Research Fellow Agroecology and Agricultural Policy, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

M. Jahi Chappell has worked across several disciplines and sectors in his career. After an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a stint as a formulator for a consumer products company, he returned to graduate school and completed a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He was subsequently a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, followed by three years as an assistant professor of environmental science and justice at Washington State University Vancouver. From 2012-2013, he additionally served as the Associate Director of the WSU Vancouver’s Center for Social and Environmental Research. In 2013, he left WSU to serve as Director of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy and then Senior Staff Scientist at an NGO, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. During his time there, he spearheaded an open letter to the Secretary-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that helped to solidify the FAO’s commitment to agroecology. He has consulted for the La Vía Campesina, the FAO, and the World Future Council. His first book, Beginning to end hunger: Food and the environment in Brazil and beyond, was published in 2017 by the University of California Press.


Wendy Gunn
Senior Research Fellow, Research Design Research Group, Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium

Wendy Gunn was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from KU Leuven Research Council to collaborate with Prof Ann Heylighen (architecture) and Prof Dirk Saelens (building physics). The research seeks to leverage scientific research involving patients’ sensorial experience and perceptual acuity to inform future design of measurement experiments towards improving indoor air quality within hospital healthcare settings. Her research has involved the co-design of the research framework for the wider research project: An Anthropological Inquiry by Means of Design Towards Improving Indoor Air Quality Within Hospital Settings, and a pilot study Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies and Methods in Data Collection of Air Quality (Measured and Perceived) within Hospital Healthcare Settings.As a researcher, she has cross-disciplinary expertise in architecture, anthropology and design and significant experience of conducting collaborative research as part of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary design teams involving both the private and public sectors. Central to her research is a close connection between theory and practice, research and teaching.


Bernardo Salce
Photographer – Environmentalist

I’m a Brazilian photographer whose work seeks to celebrate cultural diversity and raise social-environmental awareness.
I have a background in Law (Bachelor’s) and Human Ecology (Master of Arts, MA), and I’ve been investigating our environmental crisis for over twelve years, with a special attention to International Humanitarian Law and Environmental Education.
I’ve worked for a variety of local and international NGOs across the globe, covering issues such as climate change, social-economic inequalities, human trafficking, education and environmental justice.
Since 2014 I have also been working as an independent travel consultant who promotes responsible and sustainable tourism. I’ve been traveling the world for almost ten years and in the first half of 2016 I completed a 5,000 miles bicycle journey from Bogotá (Colombia) to Lima (Peru).
I’m currently writing a novel that chronicles the story of a small town whose fate is terribly affected by a mining operation. It is inspired by true events in Brazil and Colombia, and also by everything I’ve been seeing and experiencing on the road.
Having lived in South Africa, Portugal, Cambodia and Colombia over the last decade, I am currently based in San Diego, California.


Prue Taylor
Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland

Prue Taylor teaches environmental law to graduate and undergraduate planning and architecture students at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, NZ. She is the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law and a long-standing member of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law and its Ethics Specialist Group. Her specialist research interests are in the areas of climate change, human rights, environmental and commons governance, ocean law and policy, property rights and environmental ethics. She has authored numerous books and articles in these areas. In recent years she has developed a particular expertise in relation to the law and governance concept; the ‘common heritage of mankind’. Her work has focused on revealing and developing the potential of this concept for the governance of the global commons. Her current focus is on the use of ‘common heritage’ as the normative concept for a new legal regime creating marine protected areas on the high seas. Prue lives with her family in on a small Island off the coast of New Zealand and is very privileged to have the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of the garden. It is a constant reminder of both the power and vulnerability of the ocean environment.


Livia Tirone
Collaborating in co-design the future

Innovator, pioneer, architect, promoter, consultant, moderator, writer, editor – mother of two – exploring a full, fun, healthy life. A believer in perpetual learning and walking the talk of her passion and purpose.
Passionate about unraveling the potential of Renewable Prosperity in the Mediterranean Region – contributing to a society where everyone has access to what they need and all resources are renewable.
Spear headed sustainable construction in Portugal and Europe (25 years), structured and directed the Lisbon Energy and Environment Agency (5 years), acted as elected councillor for the opposition in Lisbon Municipality (2,5 years), devoted to mainstreaming sustainable construction and urban resilience in Portugal and the Mediterranean. Coordinated the Sustainable Construction Initiative (10 years) and the Sustainable Construction Living Lab (5 years) and editor of the Portuguese periodical Sustainable Construction (3 years). Hosted the Human Habitat Lecture Series in Partnership with the Oceanário de Lisboa (8 years). Volunteered with Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa to create the social innovation Hub MITRA  (3 years), facilitating the working group Critical Friends of MITRA.
Fellow at THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership (participant 2013). Collaborated in creating THNK’s Lisbon Home and is the curator for THNK Lisbon. Curator of this school.
Currently launching the REBUNDANCE initiative which aims to identify common ground on future visions, among broad stakeholder groups on relevant topics such as water, food, materials and energy.
High lights: Author of the book CONSTRUÇÃO SUSTENTÁVEL (2007) that reached 10.000 readers, co-author of Efficient Roofs publication for ADENE, co-author of the THNK Food Manifesto.
Promoter of Stakeholder alignment and engagement on topics relevant to Renewable Prosperity. Facilitator of transdisciplinary working groups working on innovative visions.


Luísa Schmidt
Principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL)

Luísa Schmidt is a sociologist (PhD, 1999 – ISCTE) and a principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). In Portugal, she was a pioneer of environmental sociology teaching, research and outreach. In 1996, she co-founded and set-up OBSERVA – the Observatory for the Environment, Territory and Society – that she currently coordinates. Via OBSERVA she developed, in the early 2000s, the first large on surveys about environmental values and practices in Portugal; she carried out the first large temporal scope Portuguese environmental media analysis; and she created a pioneering outreach tool “Ecoline – Know More to Change Better” (funded by POSI-UMIC), bridging environmental knowledge and citizens. Between 2013 and 2017 through OBSERVA Luísa Schmidt lead (June 2015) the international public consultation on ‘Climate and Energy’ (100 citizens in 100 countries) to prepare the COP21 in Paris and, in its aftermath, she coordinated the EXPO 360º in collaboration with the French Embassy in Portugal. Research-wise she has coordinated multiple research projects that articulate social sciences and environmental issues.
As scientific networks are concerned Luísa Schmidt is member of the Board on Environment and Society (RN12) at the European Sociological Association (ESA), and of the Research Committee for Environment and Society (RC24) at the International Sociological Association (ISA). She is a member of CNADS (National Council of the Environment and the Sustainable Development); of the working group on Sustainability of the EEAC (European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils).


Duarte d’Araújo Mata
Landscape Arch., Climate & Green Infrastructure Adviser at Lisbon Municipality Deputy Mayor´s Office

​Durte Mata is a landscape architect who currently is working at the Deputy Mayor´s Office for Green Structure and Energy of the City of Lisbon as advisor for the implementation of a green infrastructure plan, for climate adaptation measures, biodiversity plan and other environmental issues.

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