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 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, social metabolisms and the plantationocene. 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, 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.
JF (Julien-Francois) Gerber (2021) - Karl with Carl - International Journal of Jungian Studies, 1-22 - doi: 10.1163/19409060-bja10021
Julien-Francois Gerber (2010) - An overview of resistance against industrial tree plantations in the global South - Economic and Political Weekly, 45 (41), 30-34
Julien-Francois 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
Julien-Francois Gerber (2019) - Gross National Happiness Bhutan - In K. Kothari, A. Escobar, A. Salleh, F. Demaria & A. Acosta, Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary (pp. 194-197) - Tulika Books
Julien-Francois Gerber & RS Raina (2018) - Introduction - In J.F. Gerber & R.S. Raina, Post-growth thinking in India: Towards sustainable egalitarian alternatives (pp. 1-30) - Orient Blackswan
Julien-Francois Gerber & R Steppacher (2016) - Towards a theory of possession - In J. Beaufort & F. Decker, "Eigentum, Zins und Geld"nach 20 Jahren: Festschrift für Gunnar Heinsohn (pp. 105-130) - Metropolis Verlag
Julien-Francois Gerber (2015) - Écologie des pauvres - In Dictionnaire de la pensée écologique - Presses Universitaires de France
Julien-Francois Gerber (2015) - The role of rural indebtedness in the evolution of capitalism - In New directions in agrarian political economy - Routledge
R Djeukam, Julien-Francois Gerber & S Veuthey (2013) - Forestry and communities in Cameroon - In Ecological economics from the ground up - Routledge
J Martinez-Alier, H Healy, L Temper, Mariana Walter, B Rodríguez-Labajos, Julien-Francois 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 - Routledge
Julien-Francois Gerber & R Steppacher (2012) - Introduction - In Towards an integrated paradigm in heterodox economics – Alternative approaches to the current eco-social crises - Palgrave Macmillan
R Steppacher & Julien-Francois 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 - Palgrave Macmillan
Julien-Francois Gerber & S Veuthey (2007) - Ecological conflicts in Southern Cameroon from a classical institutionalist perspective - In Institutional analysis of sustainability problems - Slovak Academy of Sciences
JF (Julien-Francois) Gerber (2021) - 8th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity - 8th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity