Julien-François Gerber is Assistant Professor of Environment and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
My disciplinary area of work is in political ecology, economic anthropology, agrarian studies, and socio-ecological economics. In broad terms, I am interested in the relationships between the economy and the conditions for sustainability, flourishing, alienation and resistance.
So far my empirical focus has been on the expansion of capitalism in the rural sphere, particularly through the lenses of ownership, credit/debt, (de)commodification, conflicts, the social metabolism, plantation studies and world-ecology. My main geographic area of research is the Himalayan region and India. I also did fieldwork in Indonesia, Cameroon and Ecuador.
Besides this, I am interested in bridging science, activism and healing for building more viable systems. Here, my focus has been on the degrowth movement and on theories of needs, values, the self and the "good life". I am also intrested in the application of psychoanalysis to the understanding of capitalist modernity and transformation.
From 2018-19, I was an ISRF Visiting Fellow at the LSE Department of Anthropology. Prior to joining the ISS, I was at the Royal University of Bhutan (2015-16), Jawaharlal Nehru University and TERI School of Advanced Studies (2012-14) and Harvard University (2010-12). I have a PhD in political ecology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
I am in the Editorial Team of the Journal of World-Systems Research (USA) and Ecology, Economy and Society (India). I am currently co-supervising six PhD students: Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Yukari Sekine, Amod Shah, Anna Voss, Mohsen Yazdanpanah and Haris Zargar.
B. Buscher, G. Feola, A. Fischer, R. Fletcher, W. Harcourt, J.F. Gerber, K. Martijn, M. Spirenburg, V. Walstra & H. Wiskerke (2021). Planning for a World beyond COVID-19: Five Pillars for Post-Neoliberal Development. World Development. doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105357
J.F. Gerber, S. Veuthey & J. Martínez-Alier (2009). Linking political ecology with ecological economics in conflicts over tree plantations in Ecuador and Cameroon. Ecological Economics, 68 (12), 2885-2889.
J.F. Gerber (2019). Gross National Happiness Bhutan. In K. Kothari, A. Escobar, A. Salleh, F. Demaria & A. Acosta (Eds.), Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary (pp. 194-197). New Delhi: Tulika Books
J.F. Gerber & R.S. Raina (2018). Introduction. In J.F. Gerber & R.S. Raina (Eds.), Post-growth thinking in India: Towards sustainable egalitarian alternatives (pp. 1-30). Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan
J.F. Gerber & R. Steppacher (2016). Towards a theory of possession. In J. Beaufort & F. Decker (Eds.), "Eigentum, Zins und Geld"nach 20 Jahren: Festschrift für Gunnar Heinsohn (pp. 105-130). Marburg: Metropolis Verlag
J.F. Gerber (2015). Écologie des pauvres. In Dictionnaire de la pensée écologique. (Eds. D. Bourg & A. Papaux). Paris: Presses universitaires de France
J.F. Gerber (2015). The role of rural indebtedness in the evolution of capitalism. In New directions in agrarian political economy. (Eds. M. Fairbairn, J. Fox, S. R. Isakson, M. Levien, N. Peluso, S. Razavi, I. Scoones & K. Sivaramakrishnan). London: Routledge
J. Martinez-Alier, H. Healy, L. Temper, M. Walter, B. Rodríguez-Labajos, J.F. Gerber & M. Conde (2013). Between science and activism: Learning and teaching ecological economics and political ecology with EJOs. In Ecological economics from the ground up. (Eds. H. Healy, J. Martínez-Alier, L. Temper, M. Walter & J.-F. Gerber). London: Routledge
R. Djeukam, J.F. Gerber & S. Veuthey (2013). Forestry and communities in Cameroon. In Ecological economics from the ground up. (Eds. H. Healy, J. Martínez-Alier, L. Temper, M. Walter & J.-F. Gerber ). London: Routledge
R. Steppacher & J.F. Gerber (2012). Meanings and significance of property with reference to today’s three major eco-institutional crises. In Towards an integrated paradigm in heterodox economics – Alternative approaches to the current eco-social crises. (Eds. J.-F. Gerber & R. Steppacher). Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan
J.F. Gerber & R. Steppacher (2012). Introduction. In Towards an integrated paradigm in heterodox economics – Alternative approaches to the current eco-social crises. (Eds. J.-F. Gerber & R. Steppacher). Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan
J.F. Gerber & S. Veuthey (2007). Ecological conflicts in Southern Cameroon from a classical institutionalist perspective. In Institutional analysis of sustainability problems. (T. Kluvánková-Oravská, V. Chobotová, J. Jílková & P. Šauer). Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences
J.F. Gerber & R.S. Raina (Ed.). (2018). Post-growth thinking in India: Towards sustainable egalitarian alternatives. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan
H. Healy, J. Martínez-Alier, L. Temper, M. Walter & J.F. Gerber (Ed.). (2013). Ecological economics from the ground up. London: Earthscan/Routledge
J.F. Gerber & R. Steppacher (Ed.). (2012). Towards an integrated paradigm in heterodox economics – Alternative approaches to the current eco-social crises. London: Palgrave-Macmillan