Green House People
Victor Anderson was a Green member of the London Assembly from 2000 to 2003. He previously worked as a researcher for Cynog Dafis, joint Green-Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion. He is also a published academic, writing for the New Economics Foundation and publishing Alternative Economic Indicators, a book which challenged the use of GDP as the central measure of economic activity.
John Barry teaches political economy at Queen’s University Belfast. He has been closely involved with green politics in Ireland, co-leading the Green Party of Northern Ireland and standing in North Down in the 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. John’s research interests include the relationship between sustainability and social policy, green political economy, ecofeminism and environmental justice. He blogs at Marxist-Lentilist.
John Blewitt is a writer, educator, a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute and a member of the UK Green Party. He is author of Media, Ecology and Conservation (Green Books, 2010), Understanding Sustainable Development 2nd ed (Earthscan, 2014) and co-author of Sustainable Business (Earthscan, 2014). He is particularly interested in urban development, public space and the future of work in a degrowth economy. A sociologist by training, he currently works at Aston Business School.
Anne Chapman studied biochemistry at Oxford and has environment-related masters degrees from Manchester and Lancaster universities. She has academic publications in the field of the philosophy of science and technology; her book Democratizing Technology is published by Earthscan. Anne lives in Lancaster where she is working to set up a renewable energy co-operative.
Ray Cunningham is a freelance writer, speaker, translator and consultant on British-German knowledge exchange, mainly in the area of sustainability. He previously worked for the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society as Projects Director, Deputy Director (in Berlin) and Director. Before that he taught in the university system in both Britain and Germany and worked in academic publishing. He is joint Founder and Convenor of the British-German Environment Forum.
Maya de Souza works in environmental policy and is a councillor in Camden where she is developing a community bond to fund local energy schemes. She has a strong interest in green economics and philosophy and mental health. Maya is a qualified lawyer and worked for a number of years as an employment lawyer mainly for trades unions. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics as well as a Masters in Law.
Jonathan Essex is a chartered engineer and environmentalist. He has worked for engineering consultants and contractors in the UK, Bangladesh and Vietnam. This work has included developing strategies for a social enterprise ecopark, Pushing Reuse, and for decarbonising the UK construction and housing industries. His current work focuses on improving the sustainability and resilience of livelihoods and infrastructure investments worldwide.
John Foster is a freelance writer and philosophy teacher, and an associate lecturer in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. He has worked as a schoolteacher and an NHS administrator, and has been an environmentalist for nearly forty years. His relevant publications include Valuing Nature? (ed.) (Routledge, 1997), The Sustainability Mirage (Earthscan, 2008), After Sustainability: Denial, Hope, Retrieval ( Earthscan/Routledge, 2015), and Post-Sustainability: Tragedy and Transformation (ed.) (Routledge 2017, forthcoming).
Lucy Ford is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University. Her research focuses broadly on global political ecology, with a particular interest in civil society and social movements. She previously worked as researcher and parliamentary assistant to Caroline Lucas, the UK's first Green Member of Parliament.
George Graham is a specialist in the policy and practice of humanitarian aid. He has worked in Nepal, India and Sudan, and elsewhere in Africa and Asia. He is now based in London, where he works for a well-known children's charity. He has a Masters degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in English from Oxford.
Brian Heatley is a former senior civil servant. He has worked amongst other things on on policy, finance and planning for major government training programmes, and earlier on support for small businesses, the privatisation of British Telecom and on the regulation of the financial sector. He has masters degrees in mathematics and history. He was co-author with Andy Dobson of the Green Party's 2010 and 2015 General Election manifestos.
Ann Pfeiffer manages meeting administration and social media for Green House. Ann is Head of Finance and Administration at Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. Prior to this she carried out similar roles at the Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering, the Anglo-German Foundation, the TUC, and most recently at Advocates for International Development. She has also acted as a consultant for several small charities and not-for profit organisations.
Rupert Read works closely with environmental scientists, in eco-philosophy, at UEA. His publications include his popular book, Philosophy for Life: Applying Philosophy in Politics and Culture. He was a Green Party Councillor from 2004-2011, and helped write the first draft of the Green 2009 Euro-election manifesto. He blogs on environmental reframing at Green Words.
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