Menu Close

Federico Demaria

Researcher in ecological economics and political ecology at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Dr. Federico Demaria is a researcher at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He works in the field of ecological economics and political ecology. His research interests include environmental justice, degrowth and post-development. Currently, he is the deputy coordinator of the ERC project EnvJustice (led by Prof. Joan Martinez-Alier) which maps and analyses the social conflicts between the environment and the economy ( He has contributed to different international media, including The Guardian, The Ecologist, The Conversation, New Internationalist, Adbusters, Huffington Post, Mediapart (France) and (Spain).
He has done extensive fieldwork in India, and has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India). His PhD thesis investigated the relationships among social metabolism, cost-shifting and environmental conflicts. More in particular, he studied the struggles and services by informal recyclers. Case studies included the dismantling of ships in Alang-Sosiya and the informal recycling sector in the capital of India, Delhi. Theoretically, he looked at the relationships between capital accumulation by dispossession and contamination. He has a forthcoming book titled 'Recyclers' (Oxford University Press).
In addition, he has also contributed to the debate on economic growth and the environment. He has written about degrowth, the hypothesis that we can live well with less ( He is the co-editor of ‘Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era’ (Routledge, 2015), a book translated into ten languages (, and ‘Pluriverse: The Post-Development Dictionary’ (AUF, 2019). He is a founding member of Research & Degrowth, an academic collective that promotes the biannual international degrowth conferences. Last, he is also an organic olive farmer.
Find all his publications here:


  • –present
    Researcher in ecological economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • –present
    Senior fellow, Institute of Political Ecology (Croatia)


  • 2009 
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Ecological economics