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  • Leonardo Figueroa Helland

    Associate Professor and Chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program


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    Leonardo Figueroa Helland


    Leonardo Figueroa Helland works at the intersection of diverse critical paradigms to study how indigenous knowledges combine with various transformative approaches to address environmental challenges, climate crises and social injustices. His research triangulates political ecology, global studies, complex ecologism, world-systems ecology, ecofeminism, and intersectionality with indigenous and decolonial studies to articulate systemic alternatives that embody social, environmental, climate, and global justice. His writings address themes like global environmental politics and policy, indigeneity and decolonization, coloniality and ecological imperialism, gendered economies and socioecological reproduction, posthumanism and biocultural diversity, agroecology and sustainable food systems, social movements and prefigurative politics, energy geopolitics and energy transitions, and global migrations.

    Before coming to The New School, he chaired the Department of Politics, Justice & Global Studies at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah), where he also taught in the MA in Community Leadership, the Environmental Studies program, and the Honors College. While at Westminster, he launched the Global Studies program and its annual conference on “Global Crises, Global Change”. He is also co-convener for the Latin American Observatory of the Humanities for the Environment.

    His latest writings can be found in the Journal of World Systems ResearchPerspectives on Global Development and Technology, the volume on Social Movements and World-System Transformation, and the forthcoming volume on Anarchist Political Ecology. His current projects include a manuscript on Indigeneity and Planetary Politics, an edited volume with Dr. Abigail Perez Aguilera on Indigenous Ecologies.

    Future Courses

    Advanced Seminar EPSM
    NEPS 6001, Spring 2023

    Climate Change
    NEPS 5001, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Indigenous Ecologies
    NEPS 5020, Fall 2022

    Past Courses

    Climate Change
    NEPS 5001, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    NEPS 6900, Spring 2022

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