Jelena Puđak is a research associate at the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences (Zagreb, Croatia) in the period 2008-2017 and 2019-present. She also taught at the University of Zagreb (Department of Sociology at Croatian Studies) from 2014 to 2019. Her areas of interest are social ecology, sustainable development, ecological economics and social dimensions of climate change, and qualitative research methodologies.
Since 2008, she has been continuously working on Croatian and international research projects and is an active member of non-governmental professional organizations, the Croatian Environmental Knowledge Center and the Croatian Panel for Climate Change, which operate in the field of sustainability and climate change. She has published several scientific papers and two books.
Dr Mladen Domazet is one of the founders of and has been researcher at the Institute for Political Ecology since 2015. He is currently on a research fellowship visit to Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies in Budapest, Hungary. Mladen’s love of degrowth dates from the days of Group 22’s exploratory seminars. He was a Scientific team coordinator of the 2016 5th International Degrowth Conference in Budapest. His research publications reflect a kaleidoscope of interests and cooperations, starting from philosophy of physics to present day degrowth dispositions in Eastern Europe. Mladen still thinks that degrowth is a sober vision of limiting warming to 1.5C.
Miljenka Kuhar holds a degree in sociology. Throughout her career in the public sector, she worked on many projects funded by European Commission. She has extensive knowledge of public policy, mainly related to climate and energy policies. Recently she focus more on social and gender issues in the process of the just and inclusive energy transition, among which especially on topics of climate justice and energy poverty.
Ana Dević is curator and educator based in Zagreb. She is a member of What, How & for Whom/WHW, a curatorial collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb, Vienna and Berlin. Its members are Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. Since 2003 WHW collective has been running the program of Gallery Nova, a city-owned gallery in Zagreb. In 2018 WHW launched an international study program for emerging artists called WHW Akademija, based in Zagreb.
Since 2019 part of the collective (Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović) work as artistic directors of Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. WHW continues working in Zagreb, where WHW Akademija and program of the Gallery Nova are led by Ana Dević in collaboration with Gordana Borić, Ana Kovačić and Martina Kontošić. Since 2019 Dević has been teaching at MA program in Visual Art and Curatorial studies at NABA, Milan.
Lana does IPE’s web and communications, and sometimes manages projects related to feminism & degrowth and education. She graduated in Comparative literature and English language and literature. She was the editor, co-founder and webmaster of the Croatian feminist website Muf (2014-2018), and now edits the feminist website Krilo. In 2020 a collection of her essays (“Teenage Girls and Other Monsters”) was published by Fraktura.
Vedran Horvat is the managing director and head of the Institute for Political Ecology.
From 2005 to 2015 he was the country director of the Zagreb office of Heinrich Böll Stiftung, a German green political foundation. Since 2012 he’s been the national correspondent for Green European Journal, and from 2012 to 2017 he was the managing board member of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as a journalist and web-editor in the daily political newspaper Vjesnik.
He is a sociologist specialised in human rights, regularly publishing on European politics, civil society development, environmental issues, migration etc.
Since 2019 Vedran is a member of the board of directors of the Green European Foundation.
Branko is a sociologist working at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, as the head of the Center for Research in Social Inequalities and Sustainability. He is also currently serving as the president of Croatian Sociological Association (until May 2023). His research interests vary from social inequalities and social aspects of religion to environmental sociology and sustainability practices. Within the degrowth field he had conducted research concerning degrowth values and degrowth social practices.
Tomislav Medak is a researcher with a PhD on techno-politics and environmental crisis from Coventry Unversity’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures. He is working as a co-ordinator in the theory and publishing team of Multimedia Institute/MAMA and a co-initiator of the Pirate Care project. For twenty years he was a member of the recently disbanded performing arts collective BADco. His research interests are in technology, capitalist development and post-capitalist transition, with a particular focus on the planetary ecological crisis, techno-science and intellectual property. He approaches these from a Marxian and Degrowth perspective. Sometimes he also presents and writes on theatre, dance, disability and politics.
Anja Vulinec has a master’s degree in sociology, and is a worker with diverse work experience and spoken and written communication skills. She graduated in sociology (scientific direction) at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. She is currently employed by DOOR as a junior expert. At DOOR, she is in charge of maintaining social network profiles (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter), and creating content for social networks and the website. In addition to digital marketing, she has experience in graphic design and she participates in the implementation of projects through conducting desk analyzes, creating questionnaires and writing analyzes.
Katarina is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana and works as a research associate at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb. Her research and academic interests revolve around topics of precarity, labour market inequalities, and trade unions. At the conference, Katarina actively contributes to the program committee and volunteer coordination.
Assistant to the Conference LOC
Aymeric NOEL is a French engineering student from CentraleSupélec. Currently in a gap year, he is now part of Cargonomia, a cooperative experimenting and researching about degrowth. He works part time under the supervision of Mladen Domazet on the organisation of the 9th International Degrowth Conference. He is handling the relationships with participants in the conference and some of the administrative work regarding the conference