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Martin Calisto Friant

PhD Researcher, Utrecht University

Environmental governance and sustainability researcher and practitioner. Research and work areas include: circular economy, post-development theories (such as buen vivir), degrowth, nature-based solutions, urban studies, deliberative democracy and environmental discourse and policy analysis. All my academic publications can be openly accessed here:


  • 2018–present
    PhD Researcher , Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
  • 2016–2018
    Technical Assistant, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature),
  • 2015–2016
    Public Administration Analyst, Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador
  • 2013–2014
    Environment and Sustainable Development Associate , Sun Mountain International
  • 2014–2014
    Business Development Intern, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand


  • 2022
    Challenging dominant sustainability worldviews on the energy transition: Lessons from Indigenous communities in Mexico and a plea for pluriversal technologies,
  • 2021
    Analysing European Union circular economy policies: words versus actions,
  • 2020
    A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm,
  • 2019
    Deliberating for sustainability: lessons from the Porto Alegre experiment with participatory budgeting,
  • 2015
    The Buen Vivir: A Policy to Survive the Anthropocene? ,